Lighting. Lighting is all-important in the kitchen. If your kitchen doesn't have a mix of ambient lighting (which provides general lighting to the entire space) and task lighting (lighting that illuminates work areas, such as the island or countertops), not, you may want to consider consulting a kitchen designer to help you add pendants, recessed lighting, under-cabinate lighting, or another solution.
Sink. Take a minute to assess your relationship with your sink. Are you happy with it? If not, it may be time for a replacement; you likely spend far to much time hovering over it to be unsatisfied. Undermount and flush sinks are great choices, as they’re easy to clean and have a chic, seamless look. Single-bowl sinks provide ample room for washing dishes, yet multibowl sinks provide the option of using half the sink as a drying rack. Consider your needs and preferences before heading to the showroom; they’ll lead you to the perfect choice.
Sink faucet. Faucets are used not only for washing dishes or hands; they should also be able to reach all corners of your sink for proper cleaning. You might benefit from one with a spray nozzle or purified water spout.
Create an accent wall. It could be a backsplash, the wall behind the kitchen table or the space above the sink — wherever you feel could use a splash of color or pattern. Achieve it via tiles, paint or wallpaper, and transform the personality of your kitchen.
Paint the cabinets. Want a fairly easy and affordable upgrade that will make your kitchen feel like an entirely new place? Try a fresh color of paint on your cabinetry. Save money by doing it yourself as a weekend project.
Consider glass-fronted cabinetry. If you’re thinking about replacing your cabinets, you may want to consider glass-fronted cabinetry. It will turn your dishware into a display, and help the space feel more open and airy.
Get rid of your cabinets. If your kitchen feels restrictive and your cabinets are getting in the way of natural light, removing them may be a good option. Replace them with shelving for storing your dishware. Your space will open up and your beautiful dishes will be the center of attention.
Update your chairs. Kitchen chairs and barstools bring in color, pattern and distinct style. This kitchen has a very modern feel, yet the addition of the colorful Kartell Mademoiselle chairs introduces a hint of the eclectic.
Replace your chairs with a banquette. If your budget has the room and your kitchen the space, consider swapping your chairs for banquette seating. This is especially beneficial for larger families or those who like to entertain, as it provides much more room for seating.
Introduce artwork. Just because the kitchen is primarily a space of function does not mean the walls shouldn’t be dressed up with artwork. This is an easy change to make and it will instantly personalize the space.