Upgrading a dull, dreary kitchen will make your home more inviting, more appealing and more valuable. A new kitchen is one of the best investments you can undertake, but perhaps more importantly, it can turn your kitchen into your home’s true “family room.”
Creating a bright space doesn’t mean increasing the number of light bulbs. Instead, consider these five ways to make a lackluster kitchen shine:
1. Stainless Steel Appliances
Stainless steel is durable, sleek and handsome. Often associated with modern design, stainless steel is actually quite versatile, even working well in classic kitchens that are dominated by deep earth tones and traditional wood finishes. Stainless steel reflects light, which immediately provides a mirrored effect, giving the appearance of a brighter room — without any change in the actual lighting.
2. Granite Countertops
Granite countertops are available in hundreds of shades and patterns, but it’s not always the color of granite that brightens a dull kitchen. Instead it’s all about luster with this material! Choosing a shade that bounces and reflects light throughout the room is your key to adding brilliance to the space.
The section of wall above the counter and below the cabinets is a kitchen’s ultimate accent piece. Whether you choose mirror, glass, copper, ceramic or stone, a kitchen’s backsplash can create the illusion of space, reflect light and accentuate your other light-drawing elements in the room.
Consider taking a bottom-up approach to brightening your kitchen. Over time, scratches, stains, and general ‘wear and tear’ can make your floors look dirty and dingy. Laying down new flooring – from traditional materials like tile and hardwood, to newer materials like bamboo and cork – can provide the visual appeal and sheen needed to breathe new life into a dark kitchen.
Last but not least, new cabinetry can completely change the look and feel of your kitchen. From total overhaul, to affordable facelift, updated cabinetry may come in many forms:
- Freshen old cabinets with a bright, light coat of durable paint
- Replace traditional cabinet doors with glass and line cabinets with mirror to create the illusion of a bigger space and to reflect light
- Upgrade cabinet hardware, think: hinges and knobs, to add a healthy dose of shine to the room
- Go all in and invest in custom cabinetry designed to maximize space and draw the eye