Simple Updates

Expert Overview

Perhaps you’re not ready for a full kitchen remodel, but you’d like to update the look of your kitchen. There are several types of simple updates you can make that will instantly give your kitchen a fresh look.

Think about: Fresh color

Color plays an important role here. A “facelift” can be as simple as updating your kitchen surfaces: the walls, backsplash, and countertop areas. Painting or adding wall paper can make the most dramatic change and update the overall look of your kitchen. Walls can be painted with light colors to help spaces appear larger and brighter. You can add or update tiles on the backsplash area between the countertop and cabinets.

Think about: Lighting

Consider updating existing light fixtures with new ones or adding under-cabinet lighting (there are even stick-on options), which can improve your overall workspace lighting as well as add a new brightness to the space.

Think about: Accessories

“Cabinet jewelry” is a relatively simple way to change out the knobs or pulls on your cabinet doors and add decorative detail. You can also install decorative glass doors in cabinets, which change the personality of a space and can show off beautiful dishware or glassware inside.

Another simple “facelift” tip is to refresh accessories like window treatments, artwork, decorative plants, serving bowls, etc. Choose a signature piece, or several, to display that add drama or pops of color (like beautiful dishware or cookware). The main goal is that you create a space that reflects your personality and delights you in every way.