Learn how to decorate your kitchen with these easy, affordable methods. I'll show you how to turn this everyday room into a source of pride in your home. This article continues my series of innovative home decor ideas.
What would be in YOUR dream home? I was reading an article this week about what Generation Y, Gener-ation X and Baby Boomers want in their dream home. For those born from 1978 to the present (Gen Y) a whirlpool bath and swimming pool topped the list. Gen X-ers (1965-1977) and Boomers (1946-1964) dream of things with a practical use. A state of the art kitchen and walk-in closets top both of their wish lists.A budget of $10,000 to $40,000 can turn an existing kitchen into a dream kitchen with the addition of high end counter tops, new cabinet fronts, state of the art appliances and great decor. But fear not. I have got some great ideas for you if major kitchen upgrades do not agree with your budget.Perk Up Your KitchenInstalling pull out shelves in your cabinets will allow you to quickly see everything inside. Sliders under the sink will give you easy access to the trash or recycling containers. A trip to the hardware store will give you many ideas on how to make your cabinet space organized and efficient.Take a look at your sink. Is it scratched, stained or just plain ugly? Update it with an extra deep sink that will make washing large dishes and pots easier. Add sparkle to the area with new faucets. Choose a style with a high gooseneck to make filling large pots easier.Just Add FurniturePlay with the layout of the furniture in your kitchen to see if you have room for a small comfortable chair. It will become a favorite spot of family or friends as they keep you company while you cook. It is also a wonderful place for you to relax while they clean up after dinner.A Few More TricksFind a pretty piece of pottery or glassware to hold your spatulas, whisks etc. That eight inch bowl that you fell in love with would make a great utensil holder. Do not let your favorite pieces hide in the cabinet - find ways to use them on the countertop. If you have too many favorites and do not want clutter, rotate them every month. It is an easy change that will keep your decor fresh.A small lamp tucked into a corner on the countertop will softly light the kitchen at night. Shop for one that has an interesting shape or shade.A favorite designer trick for adding color to the kitchen is to place tall thin floral arrangements on each side of the sink. Eighteen inch topiaries adorned with lemons or pears make perfect accent pieces.Thank you for letting me share some of my ideas with you today. Remember to send me your favorite finds that you have turned into something special for your home. I love your creativity and I want to share it with other readers.