Apartment Redecorating: Kitchen Basics

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Apartment Redecorating: Kitchen Basics

Staff Writer · Dec 20, 2010

Apartment redecorating can be a difficult task at times when there are certain aspects of an apartment that can not be changed. The kitchen of an apartment is one area of the home that may seem difficult to alter without making major changes but there are many little changes that can be made that can have a big impact.

Using Textiles to Make a Big Impact

Color and patterns can be used with a huge impact by adding different textiles throughout the room. These can change the whole feel of the room without a huge expense. Curtains, rugs, tablecloths, placemats and seat cushions are all items that can be coordinated to add a certain look or feel to a room. Consider what type of kitchen is desired whether it is modern or country. The entire kitchen will change in appearance without painting or any major remodel work. Smaller accessories to match the other textiles such as dish towels, pot holders and aprons can be added for that extra punch.

Painting a Kitchen

One way to add a definite change to the kitchen is to add some color to the walls. Before making a major change like this consider the color of the connecting walls and the size of the kitchen. Small kitchens should not be painted with dark colors that will give it a cramped, cave like feel. Using neutral colors to match the remainder of the apartment or light colors that can add an airy openness to the room.

Paint can be used to make a room feel smaller or larger so take this in to consideration before painting that small kitchen apartment. Kitchens connecting to other rooms in the apartment should blend with the color of those rooms as well. Before painting decide which walls will be painted to mark the end of the kitchen and beginning of the next room. In some cases you may only want to paint an accent wall to add impact to the room without painting the entire room.

Accessorize and Organize

Many apartment kitchens lack space and become cluttered leaving a messy and organized feel to the room. Finding a balance between a kitchen that is accessorized without looking cluttered is a fine line. Clear all unnecessary items off counter tops to create a cleaner, more organized look. Smaller appliances that are not used often can be stored away and pulled out as needed.

Items that are kept on the counter tops should be thought of as not only functional items but decorative items as well. For example, canisters can be used to store items like flour and sugar but can also add a punch of color or pattern to the room. Kitchens that lack storage space or counter space can use portable kitchen islands with storage underneath to resolve both problems without consuming much space.

Extra Accents

Simply changing the hardware on kitchen cabinets can add an entirely different look to the room. Another easy change is to replace an old lighting fixture with a new one. Old, outdated handles or lighting can make the entire kitchen look old and outdated. Simple changes can make a big difference.

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