Five Fixes for Kitchens That Are All About the Details
Regardless of whether you’re an aspiring chef or TV dinner connoisseur, if the look of your kitchen makes you want to dine out, it may be time for an upgrade. The kitchen should be the heart of your home – it’s where you entertain, hold family meetings and even pay bills, so why not take it from make-do to magnificent?
Nothing reinvigorates a home quite like a newly refreshed kitchen, so here are five “must-do” updates to ensure your culinary haven will earn compliments from anyone who enters.
1. Add Character with Color
Even the most lackluster space can be energized with color. Paint the walls, hang new curtains in a bright fabric or for a bigger statement, consider painted cabinets. To save you time and energy, manufacturers now offer cabinets in a wide range of beautiful painted finishes.
If you’d prefer to stick with a neutral color scheme, you can still make a statement and add warmth with a bold mosaic tile backsplash. These backsplashes can instantly brighten a space and are now easier than ever to install. Plus, a glass backsplash is easy to clean so you don’t have to worry about food splatters getting on walls.
2. Fixture Facelift
The sink area is among the most hardworking of kitchen spaces and the faucet in particular, gets the most grueling daily workout. Because of its constant use, updating your fixture will immediately improve the function and look of your prep space.
For a timeless design and an elevated experience, consider the Weymouth pulldown kitchen faucet from Moen. Full of charm, this fixture features distinctive accents, such as a refined shepherd’s spout and porcelain inlays with antiqued decorative scripts, to help homeowners achieve a fresh farmhouse look. For added functionality, Weymouth offers Moen’s Power Boost spray technology, which fills containers faster and provides 50 percent more spray power versus Moen faucets without Power Boost or Power Clean for a quicker clean-up with the push of a button.
3. Enhance Lighting
Lighting is a critical element in kitchen design, both for its decorative and functional benefits. But not all lighting is created equal; the best way to enhance the room is to install custom fixtures to suit your kitchen’s needs. It can also make the space look roomier and more elegant. For an instant update, install pendants over an island or countertop where the low-hanging fixtures won't interfere with traffic flow.
4. Conquer Cleanup
A sink full of hard-to-clean dishes can make you reluctant to spend more time than necessary in your kitchen. But now, with Moen’s Power Clean spray attachments, available on the Venango pulldown kitchen faucet, it’s easier than ever to clean everything from narrow-necked water bottles to plates with stuck-on spaghetti sauce, leaving you with more time to enjoy entertaining in the family hub.
The Venango faucet is equipped with Moen’s Power Clean spray technology, which cleans 50 percent faster than faucets without the technology. It also includes three Power Clean attachments that offer focused spray options and affix to the nozzle for a more powerful cleaning – the targeted spray removes tough stains and stuck-on messes fast; the four-corner spray is used to clean narrow bottles without the use of a brush; and the broad spray cleans vessels with a large, hard-to-reach base, such as a tea kettle. Not only are the attachments and tray dishwasher safe, they also mount to the sink or inside of a cabinet for easy access, so you’re always ready to conquer almost any kitchen mess.
5. Add Personality
After tackling your kitchen updates, be sure to treat yourself and your kitchen to something nice. Adding a beautiful bouquet of flowers, fresh linens or a colourful tea pot can infuse life into the space. You also can jazz up your kitchen with lively artwork. Whether it’s a professional painting you love or fun vintage posters, artwork can bring your space together. For a more personal touch, hang a grouping of family photographs or frame some of your children's colourful artistic creations for a vibrant and charming display.