For the avid chef and foodie like me, the kitchen can be regarded as our favourite part of the house, that is if you call my constant watching of cooking shows and experimenting with the recipes in my head, chef-style cooking. That aside, we can all agree that the kitchen is the heart of the home and where a large majority of us spend a lot of time either cooking or looking for what to eat. My love for cooking shows has opened my eyes to various forms of kitchen decor. Whether vintage, contemporary, old French or old English, they all have one thing in common, STYLE.
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I had always seen the kitchen as a place where food is just meant to be cooked, nothing major, but with the number of stylish kitchens I have seen, walking into my bland kitchen just wants me to rip everything in it off and maybe one way the beautiful kitchens I see on TV will just appear before me. But that is impossible and renovating the kitchen is definitely out of it, only if I am willing to cough out millions of naira to get my dream kitchen, so I had to find creative ways to make the kitchen stylish without spending a fortune.
Making your kitchen match your style is one way to enjoy cooking as a beautiful kitchen is a place everyone will love to cook in.
So here are 7 easy yet affordable ways you can style your kitchen.
1. Change the lighting
The kitchen lights are the first thing most people check when they walk into a room, so changing it is a way to add style to your kitchen. If the kitchen lighting is dim or you hate it, then change it. It doesn’t have to be expensive, as there are a number of stylish light fixtures you can get at the hardware store. But if you are willing to splurge then you can invest in a stylish chandelier for the kitchen.
2. Replace cabinet doors
Instead of changing your whole cabinets, why not just replace your cabinet doors with new ones or sanding and refinishing your old ones. This will instantly brighten your kitchen space by giving it a sleek new look. You can even forgo the doors and create an open shelving system to show off your nicest pieces.
3. Use lighter colours
I wonder why people love using dark boring colours to paint their kitchen walls? Anyway, a light colour on the walls and cabinets instantly brightens your space making it look larger and in turn more expensive. Light colours reflect light and hide a multitude of sins, including those scratches, dings and dents in your old cabinets.
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4. Paint an accent wall
Not everyone has the time to paint the cabinets or maybe painting is really not their thing and can’t afford to hire a painter, like me, why not paint an accent wall. doing a single wall will save you time and can change the entire outlook of your kitchen. For example, if you paint your kitchen light grey, pick an accent wall and paint it two shades darker and see the way this will add style to your kitchen.
5. Use small appliances as decorative accessories
Colourful appliances have always been a way to add style to your kitchen. Old kitchen design magazines have style ideas involving using pastel coloured appliances and furniture and you can tap from that. Not everyone can afford an orange fridge, and it might be too bold for you so try other appliances. You can use a cobalt toaster or a cherry red mixer, just go crazy with everything else and use them as jewellery for your kitchen, The best part is you can always move them around or put them away if you want to change your look.
6. Place a rug in front of the sink
Placing a colourful rug in front of your sink, does double duty, as it makes your workstation more comfortable on your feet and also adds a splash of colour. (Even serves as a way to cover ugly flooring and take people’s eyes away from it, win-win).
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7. Add a backsplash
The backsplash is a fun and affordable way to add style to your kitchen. The beauty of it is that it is very limited in square footage as the average backsplash is between 10 and 40 square feet. If you feel it is a bit expensive to install, or you know nothing about tiles then just paint it, but make sure you use semi-gloss paint as it is easy to clean.