Saturday, October 31, 2009

Kitchen Upgrades That Make A Difference

By Larry Terson

One of the cheapest ways to make a dramatic change in the look of your kitchen is to paint it a different color. However, it is important that you explore all sorts of different color ideas before you jump in and start painting. The kitchen is such a central room in the house that you need to make sure you make the right color choice.

A color that might look good in the living room or den may not turn out to be an appropriate color for the kitchen. Additionally, if you choose to paint it a bright color that really stands out, you want to make sure that you are really going to like it. You don't want to have to paint it a second time just because you used the wrong color the first time.

Another thing you can do to make your kitchen look different is to change the flooring. New houses all seem to be being built with wood floors now as they are very popular but that might not be the right surface for your kitchen. Bigger kitchens might look good with wood but if yours is small it might look better with tile or some other material. The floor color will of course be very important and must match with the walls.

You can also use stone, granite, and laminate as materials from which to make your new kitchen floor if you dont want wood or tile. You will find some homes with laminate floors but not as many with granite. Granite has become the most popular material for kitchen counters and all high-end homes use it for the counter tops but not so much for the floors. Installing a new kitchen floor can be a big project so much planning should be done to make sure you put in a floor that looks good with its surroundings.

The final thing that can make an immediate difference in a kitchen is the lighting. Some of the fancier lighting options include track lighting and lights that hang down from the ceiling similar to in a bar. You can use the lighting to highlight different parts of the kitchen and you can also use it effectively show off the color of the walls. Lighting is important in any room but especially so where it is needed for functionality as well as mood.

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