Remember that feeling you had every morning when you would first walk into your new kitchen? Whether it was a remodeling project or a new house, its always a pleasure to hold your cup of coffee in hand and just take in the clean, crisp layout. Over time that fresh excitement turns into familiarity, which isn’t a bad thing at all. However, with how fast our lives are moving these days, its nice to feel like our home is growing along with us.
Instead of starting from scratch and calling in the demolition crew there are a lot of simple ideas and add-ons and that can breathe new life into your kitchen. Ranging from artistic design to combining new technology with your kitchen, here are some ideas to add some possibly needed flair in your home.
This is a simple way to get more out of limited storage and also provide a sleek look to your kitchen. Keep in mind that the glasses will collect dust if not used frequently (so keep that wine flowing!) and try not to place the glasses over a cooking area.
Similar to the rack above, you can store your wine bottles in an under-cabinet wine organizer. Your wine will be handy for cooking uses and for consumption, while simultaneously creating a pleasing visual aesthetic. Just be sure to keep the bottles away from a heat source so the flavor is not affected!
There are convenient ways to bring technology into the kitchen! With the popularity of tablets booming, its great to find more and more uses for those devices we’re putting so much of our money into. Having a tablet mounted in the kitchen allows you to watch cooking shows, read recipes as you go, or view helpful youtube clips on how to make deviled eggs. You can certainly also use the device for non cooking related options like watching Netflix, reading an E-book, or Skyping with a friend while you wait for the roast in the oven.
You’ve probably seen it in local restaurants, but why not add a little chalkboard paint to one of the bare walls in your kitchen? You could even get creative and add it to the side of your island. The board doesn’t
necessarily have to be covered with a list of chores or the grocery list. You could write a new inspirational message or a favorite quote each day. This is not only visually pleasing but may also inspire you to pull out some old books you haven’t thought of in a while.
Speaking of bringing out those old books, how about putting your cookbooks out on display? Its a fairly classic idea and a great way to add a little color in the room. The books don’t necessarily need to be on a shelf. You could place them on a counter top or on top of the refrigerator.
There is most likely a little bit of open real estate in your kitchen where a few old cookbooks could add a nice touch. Not to mention those family members that bought you the cookbooks as a Christmas/wedding present will be very pleased to see their gift on display!
Under cabinet lighting can be used in a multitude of ways to change the appearance of your kitchen. Different styles of light will accent the various colors and finishes that you have chosen. Lights that can be dimmed will also create a more mellow atmosphere for when the cooking is done and when the room becomes an area for social gathering.
Some under cabinet lighting systems will give you the option to add outlets and mounts for your mobile devices (as mentioned above). Having more outlets will open up options for more appliances or perhaps some smaller decorating options like a small lamp.
Do you have a big open wall in your kitchen? The first thought might be to hang up a painting or poster of some kind. If you don’t have one handy or don’t feel like dishing out the money, you could use some of the household objects you have laying around or in your shelves.
Hanging plates on the wall creates a very interesting rustic appearance. There are a lot of fantastic plates you can pick up at thrift stores for extremely low prices. You may even have some old plates stored away somewhere that would look fantastic hanging up on display.
If you don’t have the wall space available there are other simple ways to add decoration. With a hook mounted on the wall you could display your favorite apron or a nice dish towel. Don’t overlook the simplicity of picking up an inexpensive bouquet of flowers at the local supermarket each week to add vibrant colors and pleasant aromas to your kitchen. A simple vase with a different arrangement each week gives you and your guests something to look forward to each time you’re in the room.