Sprucing Things Up in the Kitchen

It is the center of your home, the main thoroughfare and most likely, the most frequently place occupied by friends and family. Your kitchen is essential to the overall functioning of your home and the entertaining of loved ones. It's a space that should be filled both with function and love! If you're looking for ways to spruce up your kitchen, there are some simple things you can do to begin the transformation.

Reorganize all of your works and cabinets to truly work for you. It's amazing how many non-related kitchen items get stuffed and shoved into every nook and cranny of your kitchen cabinets. It's time to remove everything from your cabinets and to design a method of assigning each cabinet a function. Everything left over that does not belong in the kitchen will need to find a new home. Your countertops should only display the most frequently used cooking tools and ingredients.

Create a color palette that evokes warmth and energy. Kitchens are a great place to use sunny colors such as yellows, greens and oranges. However, those are not colors for everyone and creating a nice clean white or off-white room with pops of the colors you do like will still evoke that sense of alive-ness.

Consider specialist lighting in your work areas. Some kitchens have incredible work stations such as islands with seating and built-in appliances. If you do, this is a great place to install incredible lighting features that provide the proper light as well as add some great design to the kitchen.

Add or change out cabinet fixtures. In the cases where you're not too fond of your existing cabinets, before you go out and make a huge investment, consider changing out the handles and knobs to freshen up the look with a more modern twist.

Upgrade your appliances. The ultimate investment – but when the time comes that your appliances are no longer behaving and you're ready to upgrade to a new product, it's a sure way to give your kitchen a total makeover.