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Transform kitchen with inexpensive trends



The look of the kitchen is constantly changing: granite countertops and dark wood cabinets are starting to look a little “late 90s.”


Many people are looking for easy and inexpensive ways to refresh the look of their living spaces, especially those that are heavily frequented such as the kitchen.


The latest trend is white and bright with one accent wall of intense colour such as red, blue, yellow or gray.


A fresh coat of paint brings new life to any room, and the kitchen is no exception. Why not try two-tone cabinets? Painting upper cabinets and lower cabinets a different colour adds layering and depth to a kitchen – and it’s an easy makeover you can do by yourself in a short amount of time!


“A home renovation doesn’t have to be a whole new kitchen or ripping up your carpet to put down hardwood floors,” says Jane Chadwick of Pfister Faucets. “Some minor changes can refresh and update a room and add a new dimension to your home.”


* Open Shelving is becoming incredibly popular and is very cost effective. Try simply removing the doors off your existing cabinets to show off your “prettier” dishes; or add some shelving to a bare wall.


* Eye-catching accents such as decorative vases, place settings, and even napkin holders can add an element of personality to your kitchen. Changing things like cupboard handles and other hardware is also an inexpensive and easy way to refresh your kitchen’s look.


* Stylish light fixtures are available for less than $50. Choosing one that matches both your fixtures and paint scheme will complement the entire décor.


* Update the faucet: Replacing your old faucet with something more modern and stylish is an easy and inexpensive way to completely change the look of your kitchen.


* New door hardware can transform kitchen cabinets. If you are having the doors sprayed anyway, the pros will fill in the old hardware holes, allowing you to choose any style you like as a replacement.


* Ceiling lighting can have a huge effect on the look and feel of your kitchen. Robin loathes halogen potlighting, which has become almost the norm in many new kitchens and renovations. “Halogen was never really meant for ambient lighting, and it can cause glare and fatigue. They’ve come a long way with LED bulbs nowadays; they cost more initially but they last for years, are very energy-efficient, and are cool to the touch.” Old-fashioned recessed can lighting, especially the kind with black liners, can be retrofitted with updated energy-efficient versions with little or no repairs to the ceiling.


* A new coat of white paint on the ceiling will do to brighten things up. Ceilings get dingy over time with smoke, dust, and dirt almost without you noticing it.


* Click flooring can be installed right on top of ugly old floors; providing your existing floor is level, you can also install cork, laminate tile or linoleum. With care, these are all options you can do yourself.


Update, clean and declutter accessories; many of us tend to accumulate china figurines on the windowsill and cute magnets on the fridge, and just stop noticing them after a while. Replace with something new and fresh: pretty vases or bowls, collections of vintage bottles, or simply a spotless, uncluttered expanse of windows.

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