3 Ways To Add Character To Your Kitchen

If your kitchen is looking a little dull or boring from a lack of color, light, and design, then you can spruce things up a bit. Here are 3 simple ways to improve the look of your kitchen without blowing the budget.

A Skylight

First, if your kitchen lacks windows, then a skylight is the perfect addition because it will add light without adding too much. One of the nice things about a skylight is that you can get it tinted, you can get multiple layers so that you can slide back the tint and see through clear glass, and you can design the skylight as big or as small as you want.

One of the main things to remember is that your skylight should be of visual interest, so put it somewhere visible. In other words, do not put it in the corner of your kitchen where no one is going to stand or hang out. 

Also, consider doing a skylight that is fogged or that at least has a fogged layer over the glass so that the sun does not beat down on your kitchen as it would through clear glass. 

Skylight installation can be a tough job, so have it done by professionals.

A Backsplash

Second, consider adding a backsplash to give your kitchen character and versatility. If you have dark cabinets and dark flooring, then you really need to choose tiles that are lighter in color so that they open up the room and make the kitchen seem larger. 

Adding dark tiles will only make your kitchen feel smaller and darker, so this is a not the way to go. 

In addition, make sure that you remove the counter border that runs up your wall a few inches. By doing this, you can start the tiles right at the bottom of the wall where the wall and the counter meet, and this will allow the tiles to elongate the walls. If you leave the counter border, your backsplash will not have the same effect and will not look nearly as impressive.

A Granite Counter

Lastly, consider adding granite counters to replace Corian, laminate, and other inexpensive counter materials. Granite will give your kitchen a much nicer look, and there are dozens of color palettes to choose from.

Just remember that lighter colored granite is going to hide the appearance of crumbs as long as the granite is not white. Really dark granite will show dust and crumbs easily too, so try to find something that has a combination of light and medium colors so that even when your counter is not clean, it will still look okay.

By updating these 3 things, you can give your kitchen some real wow factors that will make people want to spend more time in the kitchen.

Author: Anne Mackay

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