3 Sophisticated Ways to Modernize your Kitchen
Breathtaking, elegant and sophisticated…probably the 3 words almost every home owner would like to hear to describe their kitchen! Contrary to popular belief, it is not as complicated and expensive as most would assume. You don’t have to break the bank to create a modern looking kitchen. If buying new counters and switching out appliances fall outside your budget, there are still other creative ways to modernize this space. Here are 3 effective ways:
1) Decorate your kitchen using potted herbs and plants
Simply by adding greenery to your kitchen space, you add a level of sophistication and luxury that modernizes your kitchen. Look at adding some herbs on windowsills and countertops. Apart from being beautiful, they are also functional. A windowsill garden is a creative, simple and beautiful way to inject color and life into your kitchen while providing a convenient way to add fresh herbs to your dishes if you love cooking. Maintenance can be a bit challenging, but the benefits and cost effectiveness of this simple addition are well worth it.
QUICK TIP: All you need to do is ensure the plants have proper lighting and adequate water. Keep in mind that although most herbs thrive when watered frequently, they respond dismally to over watering, making sure the pots can properly drain is key.
2) Update your kitchen by choosing engineered wood flooring
If you are going modern, then this is an ideal choice. Few flooring surfaces can match the feel and look of real hardwood. Apart from having a modern and authentic look, hardwood floors also have a warm and homey feel. The kitchen is one of the most trafficked spaces of the entire home; cooking accidents, spills and drops are unavoidable. Hardwood is not only stylish but also functional and convenient since it is easy to clean. Most engineered wood come in easy, DIY friendly installation methods and have become much more budget friendly over the years. One of the most popular species in recent years for modern looking homes is white oak hardwood flooring. It is the most affordable oak option (European oaks tend to be pricier) and has numerous benefits over other types of wood:
- Extremely high Janka rating meaning its is one of the stronger woods out there and will be more durable and dent resistant than other species
- Just like a good red wine, oak improves with age. Within a couple of years the color will get richer giving your floor a modern and appealing look.
- Oak takes very well to coloring and staining meaning you can choose a color scheme that seamlessly matches with the rest of your décor.
image: GoHaus White Oak Flooring
If you want your modern kitchen to have a classic feel, a sophisticated and prestigious look then hardwood flooring is definitely the way to go.
3) Consider wall paint and a rich cabinet color
image: Icon Home Design
You can either choose to paint your cabinets or stain them with a natural wood tone. Choose a rich color for the cabinets as it creates a high-impact and a low cost way to upgrade and modernize the look of your kitchen. Try and incorporate saturated hues that exude an earthy tone such as blue-green or a chic grey on the lower cabinets to create contrast.
If you absolutely love the cabinets you have and don’t want to repaint or re-stain them then another way to bring color into your kitchen is by painting the walls. With all the cabinetry and appliances, kitchen space is quite limited making it quicker and cheaper to paint as compared to other rooms in your home.
Small changes can have a big effect on how your kitchen space looks!