Culinary Class: 5 Simple & Affordable Ways to Revamp Your Kitchen

We spend so much of our lives in our kitchen, preparing what we hope are delicious, nutritious meals for our loved ones. It makes sense, therefore, that we want to enjoy a positive, beautiful place in which to create, feed and nourish. Unfortunately, the prohibitive cost of renovating our kitchens means that many moms are stuck working in dull, uninspiring environments. 

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Fortunately, there are many small, inexpensive things that you can do to brighten up your cooking space:

Upgrade Your Tools

Your tools of the trade in the kitchen are not only practical, but they can also add texture, color and character. For example, stunning copper cookware sets can foster an earthy, rustic feel, while stainless steel cookware delivers a clean, modern touch. There are many induction cookware sets that you can enjoy.

You can free up cabinet space and turn your pots and pans into a design feature by hanging them from simple to install wall or overhead racks. The same holds true for appliances. Gorgeous, retro-style kettles and toasters can double as d├ęcor features that complement the funky feel you might be going for. Alternatively, stainless steel may help you achieve the sharper, modern look.

Make it Green

The kitchen is a source of life and nurture. It makes sense, then, to introduce some living plant life to the space to bring a natural, vibrant feel. Given that it is a food preparation area, an indoor herb garden is the perfect place to start. Mount some tasteful herb pots on a convenient wall, or simply line your favourite flavors up on the windowsill. You’ll have a ready supply of fresh, fragrant herbs at the ready while enjoying the natural, green aesthetic that they provide.

Light it Up

The lighting in your kitchen can make all the difference to the look and feel of your food preparation space. There are two considerations here: the amount and color of light and the light fittings. If you’re looking for a soft, warm environment, choose a less intense, more yellow light and enjoy the dreamy mood. 

For the more modern kitchen, whiter, brighter downlights are in fashion. A classical Provincial kitchen might be somewhere in between. Whatever mood you’re trying to create, selecting an appropriate light fitting to match it will add an elegant touch.

Delicious Decor

You only need to look at the stunning images in the latest cookbooks, food blogs or social media feeds to know that food itself is beautiful. This is also the reason why professional chefs devote so much time and effort into immaculately plating their creations. With that in mind, why not let your food serve as a decorative feature? 

All it takes is a mounted shelf or rack laden with attractive, clear canisters or jars filled with your favourite herbs, spices, dried goods, grains and other delectable ingredients and you have another stunning, yet practical design feature.

Get a Handle on It

Your cabinetry hardware is one of the most underrated aesthetic features in the kitchen. You’ll be surprised at just how much of a difference updating your drawer and cabinet handles will make to the overall look and feel.  

As with other items in this list, it’s crucial to ensure that you match the style of hardware to your kitchen to create a consistent look. Any decent hardware or homeware store is sure to have a wide selection, so do plenty of research, and you’re sure to find the right match.

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where the family comes together to create and eat beautiful meals together. With a bit of creativity, you can also make it the most beautiful room in the house.

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