Sunday, April 17, 2011

Kitchen to Go

If you're living the apartment life, it's hard to dismiss the fact that you're living in somewhat of a cookie-cutter-shoebox. Take the kitchen for example- for many, it's the selling feature of the place: new stainless appliances, glossy tile backsplash, solid granite countertops, rich espresso cabinetry- striking features that can make your place stand out... and still feel uninspired.

But, with just a few small changes, you can put a personal spin on your kitchen without breaking the bank.

1. Shelving.
Open shelving is a perfect addition to house frequently used items and show off a few personal treasures. Try a minimalist look with floating shelves.

LACK Wall Shelf

 2. Dishes.
Dishes are one of the easiest ways to add some visual interest to the room. Choose brightly colored dinnerware with a bold pattern- It'll add instant punch to your place.

Modernist Bowls

3. Artwork.
Hang some images or art that is meaningful to you- pictures of family and friends, and inspirational landscapes- all in funky frames! The kitchen is a room where you'll spend a good deal of time- entertaining, eating, and cleaning- choose artwork that can grow with you- and when you tire of it, switch it up!

RiceCream Print

4. Pulls and Handles.
*Sigh*- the round chrome knob is not always the right choice. Personalizing cabinetry handles is a quick and easy way to change the look of your kitchen- and if you're renting, keep the old knobs, and switch them back when you move!

Cheshire Knob

5. Textiles.
Choose cloths, tea towels, and other textiles the same you would with dishes- bright with bold prints! At the end of the day, you have to ask "Which tea towel will help motivate me to do the dishes- the beige cloth, or the hot pink neon chamois?" I rest my case.

Sunshine Teal Towel

6. Accessories.
Candles, mirrors, and other decorative accents help you own your space. When selecting candles, opt for mild, clean fragrances. Ultimately, anything can be a decorative accent if it has meaning to you.

Bird Bottle Opener

Sugar Pop Candle

Apple Lacquer Clock jr
  And there you have it- 6 easy, inexpensive ways to improve one of the most circulated and lived-in rooms in your home!

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