Updating an old kitchen

Painting base cabinets a dark color and overhead cabinets a light one, for example, creates large and continuous sweeps of color in a U-shaped kitchen.Choosing a color such as gray or even black can blur the blocky outlines of undercounter appliances such as the dishwasher.Her work has appeared on early childhood education and consumer education websites.She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Harvard University and a Master of Science in early childhood education from the College of New Rochelle.While there is a risk of bringing walls visually closer, a strong color on cabinets, walls or both can bring energy to a dull space.Keep strong colors in the food family to add warmth to the room: pumpkin, butter-yellow, sage greens and varying shades of brown are especially effective in large U-shaped kitchens.Countertops are a standout component of any kitchen…for better or worse.Some people are lucky enough to mince garlic atop custom countertops that match the style of their dreams; others may chop leafy greens on unsightly surfaces straight from the 80s (or worse).


Janet Beal has written for various websites, covering a variety of topics, including gardening, home, child development and cultural issues.Used in monotone, as a finish for cupboards as well as walls, white and pale colors blur the sharp outlines that may make a kitchen seem cramped.Contrasting color schemes define spaces more clearly than monotone ones, but they are also highly effective at changing perceptions of shapes and space.Because of its economical benefits and long-lasting capacity, laminate or Formica is a popular countertop choice; unfortunately, after some time, laminate surfaces often fall into the less-than-ideal category.

Of course, replacing countertops altogether is an expensive endeavor.A single pop of a retro color such as aqua, melon or chartreuse can be used in a modern way if confined to part of a wall surface, a counter splash-back or a pair of brightly painted stools.



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