Color For Your Kitchen

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season quickly approaching, this is the time of year when many people start to focus on their kitchens.

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After all, when family and friends visit for the holidays, the kitchen usually becomes the hot spot where everyone gathers.  Gone are the days when we only prepared our meals there.  The kitchen is now where we entertain.  So, this space should be stylish and comfortable.  If your budget {or schedule} doesn’t allow for a major renovation, don’t panic…just paint!  A new color in your kitchen can instantly update and rejuvenate.  I’ve been updating my kitchen {shown above} slowly, over time.  Two years ago, just before the holidays, I re-painted it using two colors:  Canyon Clay from Sherwin Williams and Toffee Cream from Benjamin Moore:

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A fresh coat of paint will do wonders for your walls or cabinets.  I chose warm, earth-tones but these days any color goes!  Below are photos of colorful kitchens I love.  At the end of this post, I’ve given you other budget/time friendly design ideas for your kitchen.  Enjoy!
















Other cost-saving tips for a beautiful kitchen:
  • Remove old, fussy window treatments.  If privacy isn’t an issue, let your windows go bare or purchase simple shades for a new, clean look.
  • Update your lighting fixtures.  If you’re still living with basic, builder’s-grade fixtures, it may be time to switch to more stylish, updated ones.
  • Bring in colorful accessories such as vases, chargers and platters.  You can often find vintage china pieces in thrift stores and antiques shops.
  • Add artwork.  If you’ve got extra wall space, hang a colorful piece of artwork.  You can even frame your kid’s artwork to add a personal touch.
Tips that may cost a little more:
  • Install new flooring.  Or, if your hardwood flooring has seen better days, have it refinished.
  • Install a backsplash.  Mix in a few decorative tiles with less expensive ceramic or stone tiles.

3 thoughts on “Color For Your Kitchen

  1. I just saw your home office in the Wash Post home section. Love the color and the curtains. Didn’t you use to do the color workshops at the Duron store in Elicot City? I remember signing up for one a few years ago. Love your work.

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