Many of us have visions of a dream kitchen dancing in our heads but are held back from realizing these dreams when we think of the potential stumbling blocks ahead: time, money, aggravation, family disruption, family disagreements, the lack of design knowledge and the lack of resources for finding the answers to all our questions.
Paint the walls. Instead of plain white, or dark, rich colors, choose a neutral color, like grey or beige. Neutral colors would not date the room, and won't create a clashing palette of colors.Put a mirror on the wall opposite of a window to help distribute natural light around the kitchen. The brightness, plus the reflection in the mirror help to make a small space seem larger, and less cramped.
Arrange the furniture and decorations in the winter to create a warmer, cozy feel in your kitchen. Just do not overcrowd the kitchen. Keep functionality in mind, you still need to create meals in the kitchen, summer and winter.You may see a window treatment that you like in one magazine, and possibly a counter top in another source. Take notes of these elements that you like, and think about how you can add those elements or something similar in your own kitchen.
Arrange the cookbooks in different groupings on the shelf, until you find one that is pleasing to the eye.
Area rugs can add a splash of color in the kitchen, or they can cover up old flooring that does not look so nice anymore. Be sure to measure the area that the rug will be placed, so you can buy the right size. Plants can soften up the corners of a room, as well as adding some visual interest. You can use real plants, but if the plant is going to be in a hard to reach place, you can find realistic looking silk plants.
Simply replace some small items, like toaster covers, canisters, pot holders, towels, and other small items. Often you can find these items with a particular theme, or just go with matching colors. Cabinet pulls, they come in several styles and materials to match your desired decor. You can find wooden, metal, ceramic, or glass cabinet pulls and knobs, in many shapes and styles.
You can add a wallpaper border easily, to add color and style to your kitchen. You can use them at the top of your wall, under the cabinets, or at chair rail height.You do not have to hire a contractor, or spend a lot of money on kitchen decor. With a few small and inexpensive changes, you can have your old and tired kitchen looking fresh and new.