If your kitchen is outdated or you just want to make some changes without investing a ton of time and money into it, here are some creative and innovative ways to update your kitchen.
Update the Metal
When you have an outdated kitchen, it was probably made with materials that were popular at that time but aren’t anymore. One of the quickest ways to make a difference in the way your kitchen looks is to update all of the metal. This includes the hardware on drawers and cabinets, range hoods, sink and dishwasher, and more. Some more modern metal options could be matte aluminum, stainless steel, brushed gold, and copper, but you can replace these items in your kitchen with whatever you like most. If the metal is the only thing you plan to change right now, make sure it goes well with the rest of your kitchen’s contents.
Replace Your Appliances
Your appliances might be old, but there are two main reasons to change them out for new ones. Firstly, your appliances may not run as well as the newer models or are not as compatible with your electrical system as other appliances could be. The other reason to change your kitchen appliances is they are outdated looking and bring down the visual appeal of your kitchen.
New appliances can give your kitchen a drastic change, just like changing the furniture in your living room does. Replacing your appliances can also save you energy, which is good for your bank account and the environment.
Change the Floors
The flooring is often a part of the kitchen that gets overlooked, but just like the paint on the walls, it’s a really important factor for the overall feeling and design of your kitchen. A few decades ago, flooring that was tiled and vinyl became very popular, but today that look can easily feel dated. If you have floors that have not been changed in a long time, consider updating them with a more modern or classic design. This doesn’t mean you have to splurge on fancy new hardwood floors, but adding the right aesthetic can make a huge difference in the modernity of your kitchen.
Re-Do The Walls
As mentioned before, the paint, wallpaper, and backsplash can all bring down the contemporariness of your kitchen. Adding a new coat of paint to your kitchen is a pretty easy way to bring some life back into it, and it is a task you can absolutely do on your own. If you don’t want to go with one color, or you rent your home, wallpaper that will be easy to remove later on can be a great alternative. Lastly, changing the tiles of the backsplash from something that is outdated can really liven up your kitchen. There are also good, easily removable options for this as well.
Paint The Cabinets
Not everyone can afford to replace every cabinet in their kitchen, but you don’t have to start a construction project to change them. If there is nothing wrong with your cabinets, painting them can be a really easy way to transform your kitchen. If you don’t want to commit or aren’t allowed to, you can get removable covers for the cabinets. This will give your kitchen a dramatic transformation.
Jenn Walker is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beach goer operating out of Southern New Jersey.