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6 Easy Ways to Update Your Kitchen

APRIL 6, 2021
Photo credit: Eric Olsen Design for Dwell

Looking for high-impact change to a dated or tired kitchen? Well, fret no more. We're here to help you because we know the kitchen is the heart of the home. It's the place where everyone gathers, whether for a home cooked meal or the celebratory dinner. It's where science projects are constructed and homework assignments are completed. So it needs to look good and reflect your personal style. We also know that it can be very expensive and overwhelming to renovate.

So our Decorist designers have come up with 6 easy ways to update your kitchen—no remodeling required! And you will see that you can totally transform your kitchen with a few clever tips and tricks.

1. Paint your cabinets

Image via Studio McGee

Looking for the biggest impact and bang for your buck? Consider redoing the paint on your cabinetry. If you have those builder-grade brown cabinets or just outdated cabinets from the 90's, then try painting them white or ivory to lighten up the entire look. Or if you have plenty of light then you may want to go a bit moodier with a greige or deep blue or even that trendy yet classic hunter green.


2. Update your hardware

Image via The Identite Collective

A quick and easy way to give your kitchen a fabulous facelift is by updating your hardware. Replace knobs, pulls and even faucets with new, modern ones. Try brass or matte black finishes for an updated look. This little trick will give your kitchen a major boost of luxury without breaking the bank.


3. Let The Lighting Steal The Show

Image via Tamara Magel for 1stDibs

Lighting has the biggest impact on the look and feel of a room. Make a stylish statement by updating your overhead lights with eye-catching pendants. To give your kitchen a warm and inviting atmosphere, be sure to layer light sources by adding under cabinet lights and candles at varying heights. Soft lighting is a perfect choice for those evening get-togethers.


4. Focus On The Floors

Designed by Decorist Design Director Jessica McCarthy

Whether it’s a textured jute rug or vintage runner, nothing says cozy like a rug. Add one to your kitchen floors as a way to incorporate some color and a cozy texture to your space—it’ll make for an incredibly warm and merry room.


5. Don’t Forget To Add Seating

 Designed by Decorist Elite Designer Heidi Caillier

Put some bar stools in your kitchen so guests feel comfy cooking and gathering. More seating will make the space feel welcoming, plus family and friends get to help with the cooking. When it comes to large dinner preparations, you’ll love having the extra hand.


6. Adorn Your Walls

Designed by Decorist Celebrity Designer Studio Life.Style

Your kitchen is the heart of the home, so why not decorate with personal items? Add some panache to the walls, whether it’s your favorite art prints or framed family photos. Art-filled walls are sure to inject a snug and lived-in vibe to your kitchen, making it cheery, cozy and full of personality.


Ready to get some help decorating? With Decorist, interior design is both easy and affordable. What are you waiting for? Learn how it works.


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