Easy Ways to Add Character to Your Kitchen
Do you live in a rental home, or are simply looking to give your old kitchen a little TLC while you save for a kitchen renovation? Whatever the reasons, there's no harm in adding a little character to your kitchen to help you breathe new life into this integral part of your home. To get you started, we've thought of a few easy ways you can transform your kitchen into a space you'll love. Check them out:
1. Make it sparkle
First things first. There's no point in spending money on sprucing up a dirty kitchen, so get cleaning! Set aside a morning or afternoon to give your kitchen a thorough spring cleaning and de-cluttering. If you'd like some tips on how to clean your kitchen to perfection, take a look at our previous blog post here.
2. Freshen up your furnishings
You don't need to splash out on new furniture to give your kitchen a fresh new look. There are many other cheaper alternatives you can try first, including:
- Using new cushions to add a splash of colour to bar stools or dining chairs.
- Displaying cups, plates or glassware using open shelving.
- Adding eye-catching pieces to benchtops, such as fruit bowls, vases, display cookbooks or candlesticks. Don't overdo it, though - you don't want your benchtops to appear cluttered.
- Giving your walls a fresh look with a new coat of paint, or adding an eye-catching artwork piece to the wall.
- Using a rug to brighten up the floor space and add personality to the area.
3. Add a touch of greenery
Want to try your hand at growing an indoor herb garden in your kitchen? It will not only save you money, but will add definite character to your space, too. Learn what herbs grow best indoors from a previous blog of ours here.
Or, if you'd like to enjoy greenery without the maintenance, maybe try adding a few potted succulents to your kitchen, or even fake plants.
4. Create some colour in your cupboards
If your cupboards are starting to look a little dated, why not give them a little love with some added colour? There are several ways you can achieve this, including:
- Using wallpaper to provide an eye-catching backing for open shelving or upper cabinets.
- Painting the inside of the cabinets.
- Using removable contact paper or washi tape.
5. Light up the space
Does your kitchen suffer from a lack of natural light, or is the lighting just a little harsh or dim to really show off the space as it should? If this is the case, it might be time to invest in some new lighting options. Consider spotlights for use in food preparation areas and over the stovetop, or even use lamps to add softer 'mood' lighting.
If you've already tried all of the above, maybe it's time to take the next step and transform your kitchen to a modern, functional space you'll love for years to come.