5 design tips to improve the look of your kitchen

5 design tips to improve the look of your kitchen

Many of us have kitchen dreams that go unrealized. I want to give you some tips that are relatively inexpensive, pain-free and worth the time and small financial investment. Because this plan assumes no designer assistance, I suggest keeping colors soft to keep your nerves at bay.

1. Cabinets 

Generally it isn’t the architecture of the doors, but the finish that dates the kitchen, making paint is a great option. Rent a sprayer, and if you are color challenged, select an antique white to keep it simple. 

Find some new hinges and handles to finish the update—make sure the finish matches your other hardware. If you have glass inserts, they can also be easily replaced.

2. Countertops

Formica is an unpopular choice in these days of granite. However, Formica is an inexpensive way to get solid surfacing when funds are limited. Pop the countertop with something like apple green, gray/blue or a rusty orange. Choose a rounded profile, not a squared one.

3. Backsplash

Find something in a smaller scale and consider the colors you are using for the countertop, walls and cabinets. If you need help, visit a tile store instead of a general home store. They can help you with combining tiles. 

4. Flooring

If you have wood floors, keep them. But if your tile needs an update, select something large (16 square feet minimum). Something darker will help the space feel grounded. Pair with a dark grout as well. 

Keep it simple—no faux markings or chaotic patterns. Slate or ceramics are a good choice to keep costs down.

5. Final touches

Select a non-competing wall color, new sink, faucet, lighting and a few new kitchen accessories. Consider new stainless steel fronts for your appliances and a new stainless hood to finish the look. Depending on the size of your kitchen, you should be able to complete this facelift for well under $2 thousand.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Stacey Riley is the principle of Stacy Riley Interiors. Since 2003, Stacey Riley Interiors has provided interior design services in Seattle and specialized in color consultations, custom window drapery panels, romans and blinds, custom bedding and bath, upholstery and fabrics, and more. Follow this #ALExperts contributor on Google Plus.

As of November 20, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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