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Kitchen Decorating Tips

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Need a new look for your kitchen, but don't want to spend the time or money to do a complete remodel? From new paint to novel door pulls, there are lots of ways to redecorate a kitchen and give it that "new" look. Here are some dazzling decorating tips to breathe new life into an older kitchen.

Make the faucets sparkle.

Sometimes something as simple as a throughout cleaning can make a kitchen appear new. Are the wood cabinets dry and cracking? Is the stainless steel spotted? Hire cleaners to give the kitchen a good scrubbing from top to bottom. Use natural cleaners for safety. A sparkling faucet, nicely polished wood and clean fixtures show off the kitchen in a whole new light.

Paint to freshen up.

Paint goes a long way toward making a kitchen look bright and clean. Try a semi-gloss paint for easy cleanup and a not-to-shiny look. Stick to brighter colors (yellow, white) in an enclosed space to liven it up, but you could use more neutral and warm colors in an open kitchen. Get sample cards of different colors to visualize the finished space and its color flow with the rest of the house.

Replace door and drawer pulls.

Something as simple as installing different drawer pulls and cabinet handles or knobs provides a fresh appearance to a tired kitchen. Kitchen hardware is easy to replace and fun to shop for. Choose from timeless crystal door handles and brass hinges to modern glass pulls and aluminum hinges. Express yourself with granite or ceramic knobs or those in a variety of novel shapes, such as a lion, starfish, cowboy boot or canoe.

Refresh with new flooring.

Maybe you have some old linoleum that's cracking and rolling at the edges or tile with cracked and dirty grout. Refresh that tired flooring and show off your ecological side by replacing it with renewable and natural linoleum that today comes in a wide range of colors and styles or sustainable long-lasting bamboo flooring. Repair that worn grout and make it look new again.

Change light fixtures.

New light fixtures that reflect your personality and style go a long way in changing up the appearance of a room. Add a new hanging chandelier over the eat-in-kitchen table. Try a mix of ceiling and wall sconces in the rest of the kitchen to give it a comfortable feeling.

Switch furniture.

This can be an expensive proposition, but is still far less expensive than an overall kitchen remodel. Switch your classic style with a more modern one. Remove the round dining table and use a square or rectangular one. If you are handy, take the old table and refinish or paint it. Measure for size first, so that any furniture purchased is assured to fit.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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