Is your kitchen beginning to feel like a blast from the past? Not only does an outdated kitchen feel dull and uninviting, it can make your entire home feel tired and worn. It can also lead to can lead to inefficient meal prep, high energy bills, and challenges selling your house.
But whether you are trying to sell your home, or you plan on staying in your space for decades to come, there are a number of things you can do to bring your kitchen into the present. Here are some ways to make your outdated kitchen feel new and inviting.
Paint the Cabinets
If new kitchen cabinetry is not a viable option, painting your existing cabinetry can make a huge a difference. Whether you choose a vibrant hue, a modern dark finish, or stick with relatively subdued colors like white or gray, covering up outdated wood and dingy colored cabinets of yesterday will make a world of difference.
Lose the Upper Cabinets
Walls filled with upper cabinets, especially in a small kitchen, can consume the eye and make the kitchen feel crowded. Consider removing some (or all) of them and adding open shelving to make the kitchen feel larger and more open.
Update Your Countertops
Add Kitchen Seating
For most homeowners, the kitchen is the heart of the home and tends to be the gathering place for busy families with children or when entertaining friends while cooking. From bar stools to banquets to tables and chairs, seating has become essential in today’s modern kitchen.
Tear Down Walls
Many outdated kitchens feel boxed in and compartmentalized. Consider knocking out a non load-bearing wall (or two, or three!) to open up your kitchen to an adjacent dining room or living space.
Lessen your carbon footprint and save money, too, by replacing your outdated appliances withe energy-efficient models. Look for appliances and plumbing fixtures with Energy Star and WaterSense labels. Saving water and energy are good for the earth– and for your utility bills.
Don’t Forget the Lighting!
Oftentimes, kitchen lighting is an afterthought, but getting it right is an important part of a modern kitchen. An effective way to modernize your lighting is to illuminate in layers with ambient, task, and accent lighting. (Click here to learn more about the best lighting to enhance your stone countertops.)
These are just a few of the cost-effective ways to change the look and feel of an outdated kitchen. We’d love to hear about some of your ideas in the comments!
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