By Lee Dobbins
Small changes can have a big effect on how your kitchen looks.
Below are 11 decorating ideas that you can do yourself in a
or less. Not only are these simple changes are easy to do, but
they are inexpensive too!
1. Afraid of changing your drab white kitchen walls? Instead
choosing rich, deep colors for your first project, you will
likely feel more comfortable with a neutral such as beige or
gray which will not date the room or create a jarring palate
that you will easily tire of.
2. Brighten up the kitchen. Use mirrors to capture the
and bounce it around. Try putting a mirror across from a
or on a wall that corners against the window wall for the most
3. Make seasonal changes. Moving the kitchen furniture into a
'summer arrangement' can optimize your space and give it a
airy feel. Make it light and breezy - think about removing
of the furniture and decorations for a lighter feel. Open
curtains and let the sun shine in!
4. Use slipcovers. Slipcovers over your chairs can soften the
room and add to your decor. For the holidays, try using
covers in holdiay patters or colors. For a nice summer change
use white cotton or canvas slipcovers on the chairs.
5. Get ideas from the pros. Look in magazines, books,
television or the internet to get a flavor of the accessories
and designs you would like to see in your kitchen. IF you see
kitchen decorated in a way that you like, think about how you
can duplicate the same decor in your home.
6. Decorate with cookbooks. You can make a nice display with
your cookbooks. Try grouping them in interesting
with some laying down and some standing. Don't put small books
next to tall books but align them in graduating sizes.
7. Warm it up with rugs. Area rugs can add a splash of color
cover up an old or unmatching floor. When buying rugs, measure
the space so you can be sure to get the right size. Rugs used
under a table should be large enough to also accommodate the
chairs when fully pulled out.
8. Bring the outdoors inside. Don't be afraid to hang plants
from any bare ceiling corner to give a lived in feeling to a
plain kitchen. Plants provide interest and soften up the room.
For above the cabinets or hard to reach places, silk plants
work just as well as real ones, however, if you do buy silk,
with a good quality arrangement that looks realistic.
9. Change your look with accessories. A few strategically
places accessories can change your kitchen from dull to
dramatic! Maybe you want to go with a certain theme and you
might be able to give your kitchen a whole new look just by
replacing some key accessories like toaster covers, dish
towels, cannister sets, salt and pepper shakers and pot
10. Change your cabinet pulls. Theres so many different styles
of cabinet pulls these days - figural, wooden, ceramic, glass
you should be able to find a design that matches your new
easily. They are easy to install yourself and your friends
think you got new cabinets!
11. Add a border. wallpaper borders are easy to put up and can
add color and interest. You can use them at the top of the
or go with a less traditional use underneath the cabinets. Use
them at chair rail height to break up long walls. An even less
expensive (but more labor intensive) alternative is to use
stencils and paint.
About The Author: Lee Dobbins writes for
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