Kitchen Tips + Ideas Round-Up: Part I

Kitchen Tips & Ideas Round-Up: Part I | HomeandEventStyling.com

The kitchen is one of the most beloved rooms in a home. It tends to be where everyone gathers, so you want it to be stylish, and it definitely needs to be functional. I have written many posts on decorating and organizing for kitchens, so this round-up with be split into at least three parts. (When it comes to kitchen tips, I say the more the merrier!)

With these tips and ideas, you’ll be on your way to a more stylish and functional kitchen. All of these ideas are simple and easy to implement, even on a budget. Enjoy!

kitchenupdates07Low-Cost, Easy Kitchen Updates
Whether you are buying, selling or fixing up your current home for better living, the kitchen is one of the most important areas to focus on. There are plenty of  updates that are easy on your budget and easy to execute. If your kitchen is in good shape and just needs a fresh look, try some of these easy kitchen updates. If you’re selling your home soon, you’ll find these especially useful.

kitchendecor0810 Ideas for a Stylish Kitchen
There are many elements that create a stylish kitchen, but it’s the details that really bring a kitchen to life and make it feel like a home. Whether you are living there or staging it for sale, the right decor can bring the space to the next level with color, character and warmth. Here are 10 ideas for stylish kitchen decor that will hopefully inspire you for your own space.

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets | HomeandEventStyling.comQuick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets
One of my favorite tricks for spicing up your cabinets without switching them out or giving them a new finish is simply transforming the inside of your cabinets. Giving this often ignored space a pop of color or pattern (or both) will infuse the entire kitchen with new life. To get a better idea of what this look can accomplish, take a look at these 10 charming kitchens.

kitchenrug02Adding Style to Your Kitchen with a Rug
One of the most overlooked spots to improve with a rug is the kitchen. Rugs can add warmth, color and texture to a space and help areas with heavy foot traffic, making them a great asset to the space in front of the sink, for example. They also lead the eye through the space and make it feel more complete. Here are 10 examples of how a kitchen rug can improve the style of the space.

smallkitchen03How to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen
Small kitchens can be very functional and high on style. With some simple improvements you can make the most of a small kitchen and take it from an annoyance to a gem. Here are some tips and ideas on how to make the most of a small kitchen, using the space in clever ways and bringing style to it that will make you forget all about its limited square footage.

kitchenstorage0810 Kitchen Storage Ideas You’ll Want to Steal
One room in the house you can never have too much storage in is the kitchen. I have gathered 10 of my favorite kitchen storage ideas that definitely help with just that. Some you may have already thought of, while others could truly be that eureka! moment you’ve been needing. All of them help make a more dynamic kitchen.

Stay tuned for Part II coming next week!

Warm regards,
Megan

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets

Giving your kitchen cabinets an extra dose of character can be as easy as an afternoon project.

One of my favorite tricks for spicing up your cabinets without switching them out or giving them a new finish is simply transforming the inside of your cabinets. Giving this often ignored space a pop of color or pattern (or both) will infuse the entire kitchen with new life. And it’s easy, quick and affordable.

If you have all solid cabinet doors, you can either switch out a row for glass-paneled doors or you can take the doors of all together for some open shelving. Both looks are stylish and gaining popularity in kitchens today.

To get a better idea of what this look can accomplish, take a look at the 10 kitchens below.

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets | HomeandEventStyling.comBlack and white damask wallpaper lines the inside of the cabinets for a stylish touch of character.

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets | HomeandEventStyling.comBeadboard in a soft green gives these cabinets texture and dimension.

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets | HomeandEventStyling.comBlack paint really makes the decor pop, especially when contrasted against the white cabinets.

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets | HomeandEventStyling.comTurquoise looks dynamic and coastal in this lovely white kitchen, drawing your eye to that view.

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets | HomeandEventStyling.comA soft blue breaks up all the black and white in this kitchen for an unexpected dose of color.

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets | HomeandEventStyling.comIf you opt for a color on your cabinets, painting them the same color on the inside will create a nice flow.

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets | HomeandEventStyling.comA hint of pattern behind these shelves is charming and unexpected.

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets | HomeandEventStyling.comA deep blue in the cabinets plays off the china, embracing the palette.

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets | HomeandEventStyling.comA bold pattern can bring your cabinets to life, like this colorful floral design. By keeping the items all white, clear or silver, it lets the pattern shine.

Quick Character for Your Kitchen Cabinets | HomeandEventStyling.comHere is another example of matching the backdrop to your special china to create one cohesive and special look.

Accenting the inside of your cabinets can transform your entire kitchen into one with depth and character. It may just inspire you to fall in love with your kitchen all over again.

Warm regards,
Megan

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Staging the “Make or Break It” Areas, Part 1: The Kitchen

There are certain rooms in a home that rank most important to buyers and will often “make or break” their interest in placing an offer. These rooms include the kitchen, living area, and master bedroom. That means they should be three rooms you really focus on staging for sale and make as attractive as possible. This doesn’t always have to mean spending a lot of money on renovations; sometimes, you just need to do a little redesign.

Let’s start things off with a room that is always at the top of a buyer’s list: the kitchen. Most kitchens won’t need a complete overhaul to get it sold. (Talk to your real estate agent about this to better assess how much work you may want to put into an outdated kitchen before putting it on the market.) With a little bit of staging and redesign, you can turn a drab kitchen into one ready to be sold. I’ve included a before & after of a kitchen I recently staged to illustate all the tips. So here we go, 10 kitchen staging tips:

1) Never over-accessorize a kitchen. Keep kitchens very basic. Always clear everything off the counters except a couple of items, like a bowl of fruit or a cookbook on a stand. Even if your kitchen is small or does not have a lot of counterspace, clearing off the counters will give the illusion of more space.

2) If you have glass-front cabinets, only have minimal items displaying. It’s best to place any mismatched items such as mugs in a cabinet with a solid door. Space out glasses and sparse pieces like a decorate bowl. You can also leave a few cabinets empty to give the illusion that there is more storage space. Full cabinets make it seem like there is not enough storage in your kitchen no matter how much storage you may actually have.

3) Removable islands can be a great feature – if they fit correctly! These island additions (sometimes made specifically for this purpose, or an alternative option like a dining room table) can make an L-shaped kitchen look better by offering more counterspace, but choose wisely! As you can see in the photos, the homeowner had an big, clunky table in the middle of the kitchen that dwarfed the space and made it look cluttered. We replaced it with a sleeker table that served the purpose of an island without crowding the space.

4) Remove all magnets, notes and photos from the refridgerator. This is another matter of decluttering and opening up as much visual space as possible.

5) Don’t leave dishes on the counters OR in the dishwasher. Dishes – clean or dirty – on the counter will make the kitchen look it’s cluttered and lacking sufficient counterspace. You also don’t want to leave them in the dishwasher because believe it or not, buyers always open the dishwasher and peak inside for some reason.

6) Wipe down and organize the interior of your cabinets. Buyers will open cabinets and look inside to see how clean they are and how much space there is. If it isn’t neatly organized, buyers could easily get under the impression that there’s less space inside than there actually is.

7) Clean out and organize your pantry. Get rid of any expired food and organize it so that colors and shapes are arranged well. Buyers will also be judging the size of the pantry, so clearing out as much of the clutter and organizing it in a way that is pleasing to the eye will definitely make a difference.

8) Clean the entire kitchen! Wipe down the counters, cabinets, fridge, sink and surrounding areas, the microwave, oven, cooktop, and the floor. (Make sure you do the inside and out of some these things because buyers WILL look inside.) Your whole house should always be clean while it’s on the market to be ready for showings, but the kitchen particularly needs to be spotless because this is where buyers will be imagining preparing food. You don’t want them to be turned off by dust and grime.

9) Polish the hardware (including the faucet). If it’s really worn out or outdated, consider replacing it.

10) Grind a lemon, lime or orange in your garbage disposal. The citrus scent will get rid of any odors stuck in your garbage disposal and put a nice, pleasing scent in the air.

Stay tuned for staging tips for the living room and master bedroom! For a comprehensive guide to staging your whole house, check out my book Stageology: How to Stage to Sell which is available through all major booksellers nationwide.

Warm regards,
Megan