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How to Take Your Chicago Kitchen to the Next Level

Aug 16, 2019 | Industry News

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For many people, kitchens tend to be the center of the home. So, no matter where you are in your homeownership journey, paying some attention to your kitchen is a great move. You might be sprucing it up so you can your family can better enjoy it, or perhaps you’re getting it ready to sell. Either way, there are some simple strategies all homeowners can use to create a standout kitchen in their home:

Get Organized

For both aesthetic appeal and functionality, organization is key. Most of us store a variety of different appliances, tools, and other home items in our kitchens. From pots and pans to blenders to spices, there tends to be a lot going on here. When your cabinets lack organization, it’s easy for clutter to spill out onto the countertops. This can make a kitchen feel smaller and more stressful. Whether it’s for your own enjoyment of the space or to highlight its attributes to potential buyers, organization can help. In addition to the visual, organization helps us to get the most out of our kitchens. If you’re cooking, you need things to be accessible. You don’t want to be digging through cabinets as you try to put dinner together. Creating a system that supports the way you use your kitchen can help you enjoy it more fully.

A Pop of Color

Appliances and countertops are often more neutral colors, and these can easily set the tone for the kitchen. If you want to brighten up your space and add a bit more energy, consider adding some color. An accent wall, a decorative backsplash, or even just colorful artwork and textiles can change the feel of the entire space.

A New Look

If you want to give your kitchen a facelift without breaking the bank, there’s a lot you can do on your own. Painting cabinets is a great option for many homeowners. You’ll want to ensure that your cabinets are made of a material that will support paint first, and choose a high-quality paint that will hold up to use. Once you’ve tested your paint, you’re good to go. Many homeowners can give their kitchen a new look with just an afternoon or two of painting. You might want to bring in a bit more of your own style, or perhaps you want to give the kitchen a more clean, modern look for potential buyers. Either way, you’ll have countless paint options to choose from.

Update Hardware

Another way to give your kitchen a boost is to replace hardware. Things like faucets, cabinet knobs, and drawer pulls all contribute to the aesthetics of a kitchen. Do a bit of research ahead of time so you know what your inspiration is. Then you can shop specifically for the styles that suit your space.

Lighting

Especially if your family enjoys hanging out in the kitchen or entertaining there, it’s important to consider lighting. If you’re ready to make a bit of an investment, installing track lighting and a dimmer switch can give you a lot of control when it comes to setting the tone in the space. If overhauling your lighting isn’t in your plans, there are simple things you can do to give yourself more lighting options. Considering bringing in a lamp or two or even hanging some smaller twinkle lights.

 

Homeowners can give their kitchen a boost on any budget. Whether it’s for you to enjoy or for future homeowners, the kitchen is a great place to invest your energy. Do you have any other suggestions for improving your kitchen? Please share them with us!

 
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