4 Ways To Bring Your Kitchen To Life

This time of year our kitchens often become the heart of our homes. We spend hours whipping up the best meals and treats. It’s where we chat over coffee and gather during dinners in the early evening. The kitchen is where it’s at.

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Our kitchen’s are also the spot in our home that gets the most usage. Between the prepping, the cooking, the baking etc… It has all your appliances and surfaces working full time. For this reason kitchen renovations are so popular. But sometimes all it takes is a few styling elements to bring a new life into the heart of your home.

Keep reading to find out our top 4 foolproof tips to upgrade your kitchen.

1. Add New Pendants

Lighting plays a huge role in how the design comes together. Don’t be afraid to play with scale and make your lighting the focal point of the space. Updating your kitchen island pendants can add interest and completely elevate the overall look and feel.

For a more modern look use 2 oversized pendants above the kitchen island instead of 3, or try 1 vertical pendant!

Here are some of our favorite kitchen pendants

2. Update The Cabinet Hardware

When it comes to a quick and easy update that makes a big impact on the style of your kitchen, switching out the hardware is our go to! Hardware can be switched out in just a few hours but it can make the biggest impact on the appearance and feeling of your kitchen. We like to think about it as the jewelry of the kitchen.

Don’t be afraid to mix metals or finishes as it can help your homes feel refreshed and timeless. We do suggest staying with no more than 3 finishes to help keep the design cohesive. To read our guide to kitchen hardware click here!

Here are some of our favorite kitchen hardware

3. Update Your Small Appliances

Kitchen appliances are an essential part of your home. This past year we have all spent a lot more time in our kitchens and you may have realized that your blender or toaster just doesn’t quite do the job! Updating these small appliances for ones that are not only functional but also beautiful can make cooking in your kitchen a more enjoyable experience!

Here are some of our favorite small kitchen appliances

4. Elevate Your Storage Pieces

It’s the little things that can make the most significant difference. We believe that everything in your home can be beautiful, even those functional pieces. We love to use woven boxes or bins to organize pantries. Or add beautiful functional storage pieces to style your countertop!

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Here are some of our favorite kitchen storage pieces

We hope you enjoyed this post! If you used any of our tips share to social media with #HouseWestDesignKitchenRefresh!