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Simple Kitchen Upgrades

cookie-cutter-497133_1920Have you fallen out of love with your kitchen? Families spend a lot of time in the kitchen. In most homes it is the center of all the action. Research has also shown that the kitchen is the number one place that upgrades are noticed (and rewarded) in the selling of a house. A full kitchen remodel is not always in the budget, but there are a number of small updates that you can do that will have a big impact on the overall look of your kitchen.

Add or upgrade your kitchen island

A kitchen island adds functional space and fashion to a kitchen. Nowadays there is a wide variety of impermanent kitchen carts and islands that can fit the size and style of any kitchen. Many of these styles also have wheels that allow for an easy move, if they get in the way. If your kitchen has a permanently installed island, consider covering the island top with butcher block. Butcher block is a classic look that is making a style comeback. It is a hard wearing, knife-friendly surface that can coordinate with any existing counter tops in the kitchen.

Rethink your cabinet doors

If you want an alternative to new cabinets there are many simple ways to give them and your kitchen a whole new look. Painting is a great option for cabinets that have good bones, but maybe are a little on the tired side. Mix up the paint colors on your upper, lower, or island cabinets for a contrasting richness. Updated hardware is also a worthwhile upgrade. Swapping out your knobs and pulls is a subtle way to enhance the look of the entire space.

If you’re looking to give your kitchen a more spacious feeling, try removing the doors on your upper cabinets. A coat of paint on the interior of the cabinets in a complimenting color, will give it a finished look perfect for displaying some of your hidden kitchen treasures.

Brighten things up with lighting

Installing new lighting isn’t just a practical improvement, it can make the whole space brighter. Energy efficient LED lighting can be discretely installed on top of cabinets and under cabinets for functional task lighting. Dimmable lighting is a great option that allows homeowners to make the kitchen as bright as needed for cooking or dimmed down to set an evening mood.

Look to your appliances

New modern appliances can give any kitchen a facelift, but they are not always in the budget. Instead, think of your small appliances like decorative accessories. A bright red mixer or a cobalt blue toaster can be like a jewel, adding a wonderful focal point to the space. An outdated fridge can be covered with chalkboard paint for a creative and fun look. The chalkboard surface can keep the kids busy while you cook, or be used for functional grocery lists and reminders.

From complete kitchen remodels, to simple updates like these we have the professional knowledge and skills to give your home a new look you will love. So for these or any Mechanicsburg home repair, remodel or replacement think of us.