August 23, 2012

Decorating 101 - White Kitchen Updates

In this series, I answer your questions.  I try to pick ones that would be the most helpful, to the most people.  If you have a design dilemma or question, please send it to me.  I would love to help you!

The Question...
I have a super plain kitchen.  White cabinets, white appliances, light colored tile floors and these really bad laminate countertops.  What do you suggest I do (short of a total reno) to give it some personality?

The Answer...
White cabinets are classic and as long as the layout is still functional for you, then I would definitely suggest keeping those as is.  If your hardware is a little plain, then change it out.  This is a super easy and inexpensive way to update your cabinets.  If you have an island, think about changing the finish on just that piece.  Or if you have room, add an island.

from eKitchenIslands

As your appliances begin to die on you, then I would think about changing them out to stainless steel.  This will give you a more modern feel and help break up all that white.

Stainless steel appliances...from Houzz

Changing the flooring is a big expense, not to mention a hassle.  If you can stand to live with what you have then think about just using colorful rugs to break it up.  I've found some amazing rugs at TJ Maxx and World Market that were an amazing bargain.  I'd suggest using a jute rug as they are super easy to clean.  You can also use an outdoor rug in a kitchen.

from Layla Grace

The one big investment I would definitely consider would be changing out your countertops.  That alone would give your kitchen a huge update as well as increase the overall value of your home.  I would also suggest adding a tile backsplash at the same time or soon after replacing your tops.  Not only will that give you another place to bring in some pattern, but it's functional as well. 

from Better Homes and Gardens

Finally, the best way to give your kitchen "personality" is by adding window treatments, furniture and accessories.  If you have a place for them, barstools can add much needed color to neutral space.  Find some with upholstered seats and cover them with fun, colorful fabric.   

Colorful roman shade above the sink...from Houzz

Amazing red barstools and other red accessories...from Houzz
Fabric slipcovered barstools...from Vignette Design
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