For years, I’ve dreamt of having a bright and cheery kitchen that I could gather family and friends in to cook together and just have fun. Next to the living room, the kitchen is the most social room of the house! At least, that’s the case in my experience. So naturally, you want your kitchen to be clean, bright, and cheery… right? Here are 3 ways that you can help make your dark or cramped kitchen a little brighter and better all around.
1. Bright Colors
In my opinion, color is the most important element in a kitchen. The colors will determine the overall feel of your space — so yeah, it’s important! If you want a cleaner, airy feel in your kitchen then light, cheery colors are definitely the way to go. And I don’t just mean for your walls! I am talking about light-colored cabinets, counters, walls, backsplash — it all makes a difference. If you can’t go all white or light colors, then break it up a little bit with the counters or the backsplash. My dream kitchen has white everything with tiny pops of color — light and fun. Keep in mind that the darker the walls, the darker the room. So if you have maroon walls, you’re not going to get that bright kitchen you are longing for.
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2. Cheerful Lighting
Of course, natural light is the best kind of light to have. If you have a window in your kitchen, count yourself blessed and don’t cover it up with anything! Keep it open to allow as much natural light as possible to flood your kitchen. If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a window in your kitchen, try to add lighting that makes you happy. Invest in that pendant light to go over the island, and install a brighter bulb to create the same effect of natural light.
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3. Minimal decor
The less mess, the cleaner and lighter the kitchen will feel. Keeping decor simple will also help make a small kitchen feel a little bit bigger. Keep knick knacks and unnecessary cookie jars down to a minimum. (Notice I didn’t say “no cookie jars”— I’m not a monster, after all.) You don’t want to clutter up your counter tops; that will just make your kitchen feel cramped and dark. Also, if you keep the hardware on your cabinets to a more minimal style, that will help as well. It all adds up, folks!
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