Get Smitten with Your Kitchen: 10 Easy Ways to Liven It Up

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From mobile islands to pendant lights to window treatments, there are plenty of ways to spruce up your kitchen. This is perhaps the easiest part of the home to revamp, thanks to the many decorations, appliances and details that make up the room.

  1. Dress up your containers. Nothing says bland like jar after jar of unnamed flours and sugars. Whimsical canning labels add a little color and charm to each jar, while homemade decals bring a personalized touch to the countertop.
  2. If limited counter space is a concern, the solution could be as simple as a mobile island. Adding one is the perfect way to create extra storage, too, as many have a series of drawers and cabinets built underneath. And because they’re mobile, they’re easy to move out of the way in a pinch.
  3. A plug-in chandelier or pendant light is a great choice for the kitchen, as it’s both quick and economical. It also adds dramatic ambiance to an otherwise highly-functional space, and serves as the focal point of the room.
  4. Open wall spaces can create a feeling of vast emptiness. Fill the space with an unexpected piece of artwork or personal photographs. If you’re cramped for space, that empty wall serves as the perfect location for open shelving, which can hold everything from cookbooks to coffee mugs.
  5. There are a few ways to change your kitchen cabinets, ranging from complete replacement to simple refacing. The latter saves time and is affordable, but another option is to paint the cabinets. There’s so much you can do with paint, from choosing unexpected shades to creating rustic finishes. The options may seem endless and even a little overwhelming, but the end result is sure to be exactly what you love.
  6. Don’t neglect your windows. A fresh window treatment can really breathe new life into the kitchen. As with paint, window treatments offer nearly unlimited options. Choose from colorful blinds, neutral curtains, plantation shutters and more. All the better if a little light streams through; you’ll love the feel of a bright and sunny kitchen.
  7. If DIY-type changes aren’t on the agenda, opt for the next best thing — accessories. Decorate a counter with a bowl full of seasonal fruit (mini pumpkins, vibrant apples and banana bunches are all good choices) and add a lush green plant or bright bouquet to the room.
  8. It’s surprisingly easy to add a backsplash, and you don’t need to be a handyman to do the job. Purchase a peel-and-stick backsplash kit to add quick and easy color to the kitchen. Available in a variety of styles, from shiny mosaic to stainless steel, there’s a backsplash for every kitchen.
  9. Utensils, small appliances, dish racks…there are so many pieces that threaten to overtake your counter space. Organize even one element and you’ll see what a difference it makes. Use oversized jars to hold your utensils in one easily accessible place.
  10. Over time, hardware can rust or just plain age your kitchen. Swap old handles for modern designs that add a little luster to your cabinet doors.