Quick Kitchen Fixes

10 Quick Kitchen Fixes - You need not spend a lot on granite counters or tile flooring to give your kitchen a fresh, new look. So says stylist Rebekah Zaveloff, owner of design studio KitchenLab.

“So many people thing kitchen remodeling is an all-or-nothing proposition,” Zaveloff noted. “The truth is, you can brighten and lighten your kitchen with a few deft, inexpensive touches.”

For starters, she offers these 10 simple fixes:

Throw down a colorful area rug – Kitchens don’t have to be boring. A colorful area rug by the sink, under a portable island, or beneath the kitchen table can really liven up the space.

Update the barstools or kitchen chairs – Browse second-hand shops or Craigslist for vintage or designer chairs or stools that will add new pizzazz to your old kitchen.

Change the lighting – Fluorescent lighting sheds more light in a dark kitchen, and a well-chosen chandelier or other hanging fixture over the kitchen table will provide a whole new look.

Go bold with wall color – A bright paint color will add new life. Paint all the walls or just one area, perhaps in the dining nook.

Paint the cabinets – If you’re tired of white, try a bold color on the cabinet doors, leaving the background white if you care to.

Change the cabinet hardware – New hardware is easy to install and makes a big impact on the look of your kitchen – especially if the woodwork is dark.

Add a pot rack to a blank wall – It will give the kitchen a new look and help to free up cabinet space.

Add display shelves – Shelves on the wall or behind a glass door cabinet can showcase collections, like antique cooking accessories, or hold glass

Mason jars filled with pasta, cereal, rice, dried fruit and wrapped candy.

Tile the backsplash – tile of your choice is easy to apply and can dress up the space behind your sink or stove, adding new color and easy-clean elegance to the kitchen.

Tile, paint or wallpaper the built-in island – Choose a pattern that adds a bold look and a statement about who you are.

By Barbara Pronin