Your kitchen is the heart of the home and deserves attention to keep it attractive, welcoming, and functional. Simple improvements update the kitchen without spending a lot of time or money. Here are a few practical suggestions that any homeowner can handle on their own.

How to Update the Kitchen

Brighten the Room

Brighten the kitchen by maximizing sunlight. Clean windows and remove obstructive window treatments to allow natural light in. Applying pale paint to the walls reflects more light, making the space feel open and airy. For a visual uplift, install brighter bulbs in your lighting fixtures or increase the number of light sources throughout the kitchen.

Additionally, mirrors bounce light around the room, creating a brighter and more spacious feel. Maintaining an uncluttered space, including the countertops, will contribute to the overall brightness and roominess of the kitchen.

Update the Kitchen: Refresh the Hardware

New handles and pulls offer an easy and affordable way to update the kitchen’s style without requiring extensive renovation. Opt for sleek modern handles or rustic, vintage-style pulls to transform the appearance of the space.

To incorporate new handles and pulls, choose pieces that complement the existing color scheme and overall design of the kitchen. Before installation, measure the distance between the screw holes and select hardware of those dimensions to simplify the upgrade process. Swapping out these small details adds character and charm to the kitchen while updating its appearance and feel.

Add a Backsplash

Enhance the kitchen’s appeal and functionality by revamping the backsplash. Peel-and-stick tiles are an affordable and DIY-friendly way to transform the kitchen’s look. These tiles come in various patterns and colors, providing a quick refresh without the need for grout or tile-cutting tools. Alternatively, opt for magnetic paint as a backsplash for practicality, allowing for displaying recipe cards, kitchen tools, or kids’ artwork, making it a versatile and interactive kitchen addition.

Incorporate Storage Solutions

Optimize cabinet space by adding wire baskets or hooks inside the door to hold lids and small utensils. Wall-mounted shelves are perfect for storing frequently used items, opening up valuable counter space. Invest in stackable containers to declutter and organize your pantry. Use vertical space by installing corner shelves and install pegboard to keep frequently used pots, pans, and cooking utensils within arm’s reach.

Add Herbs to Your Kitchen

Pots of herbs in the kitchen offer a flavorful addition to cooking and enhance the room’s ambiance. Place fresh herbs like basil, rosemary, or thyme in pots on the countertop or windowsill. Nurturing a mini herb garden in the kitchen offers a practical solution for fresh ingredients and adds aesthetic appeal.

These easy, do-it-yourself kitchen updates help transform your kitchen into a more appealing and functional space. Choose an improvement or two to upgrade your cooking space without breaking the bank.

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