Updating a kitchen


01-Oct-2015 09:54

An orange fridge might be too bold (and too expensive) for most homeowners.

A complete overhaul wasn't in the cards (new cabinets are pricey!

), so instead, she gave the cabinetry a fresh coat of paint.

"I've seen people use hardware that looks like forks and spoons or mini chickens.

Those options are fun, but they get old fast," Scott warns.2. Kristy Kropat, an interior designer based in San Francisco, recently moved into a new home, but she didn't love the kitchen.

Look for colorful options or Scott's favorite, a brushed nickel finish.

But resist the temptation to get something too personal or cutesy.

"I've done this in kitchens to create a lighter space," Scott says. "Find inexpensive lights at allmodern.com, ylighting.com, and lampsplus.com," says Kristy.6.

The average kitchen remodel costs a staggering ,856 — and high-end ones average ,909. But you don't need to shell out big bucks to make a big impact in an outdated kitchen.Whether you've lived in your house for years or you just got the keys, here are some easy ways to give it a refresh:1. "Changing out cabinetry hardware is one of the easiest and quickest updates," says HGTV's Scott Mc Gillivray, author of .The countertop was black, so she picked a light gray for the uppers and lime green for the lower cabinets to brighten things up."Citrus-like colors — orange, yellow and green — look great in a kitchen," she says.3. "Replacing existing doors with glass-paneled ones looks like a major upgrade," Scott says.

Opt for frosted glass, if you feel like your shelves aren't display-worthy. "If I'm painting a room light gray, I'd add an accent wall that's two shades deeper."5. If you're irked by your kitchen's decades-old light fixture, replace it with a colorful pedant.Or, ditch the doors altogether to create the effect of open shelving. Since lighting is so important in any room, this one change can totally transform the entire space.



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