1. Butcher Block Countertops
Wooden countertops add warmth and texture to modern kitchens. A surprisingly economical choice with big impact, they require only minimal maintenance. Over time they’ll need a beeswax treatment (or any food-safe wax) to protect the wood and make them glow. Don’t be afraid of the little imperfections that come with daily use, these marks are what give this material its rich character.
2. Ceiling-height Cabinets
By taking your upper cabinets all the way to the ceiling you draw the eye upward, and make the most of your storage space. You’ll create the illusion of higher ceilings found in old farmhouse kitchens and avoid that dust-gathering ledge between the cabinet and ceiling.
3. New (Old) Hardware
A hardware refresh is one of the quickest ways to amp up your kitchen’s character. Scour flea markets for old glass or brass knobs and don’t worry if they all match. A variety of shapes and textures of the same material will created a curated effect.
4. Painted Cabinets
Replacing kitchen cabinets can be costly and time-consuming. If your cabinets are in good shape, consider painting them to give them a facelift. Choose a warm white or dove grey for a neutral look, or go bold with a bright red or persimmon.
5. Add Corbels
Take a stroll through your local architectural salvage company to look for items you can incorporate into your kitchen. Corbels are an especially easy and attractive way to add depth and intrigue to your space. Simply attach them to the wall at corners beneath your cabinets.
6. Conceal Task Lighting
Kitchens are the heart of the home, and that means they need to be functional as well as inviting. Task lighting is one way to improve the functionality of a space, but oftentimes it’s difficult to incorporate without unseemly mounts and hardware. By adding piece of decorative trim to the bottoms of your cabinets you can easily conceal your task lighting and illuminate your workspace.
7. Natural Flooring
Opt to install natural flooring instead of traditional linoleum. To add warmth and depth to the space, consider using slate, hardwood or bamboo materials. These flooring options provide an instant upgrade to the look of your kitchen.
8. Rethink Lighting
Ditch the fluorescent lighting in favor of smartly placed pendants. Stuck with an ugly brass fixture from the 80s? Those outdated pieces can be reinvented with a can of spray paint. Consider a satin black or bronze finish to give your lighting a more classic look.