How to bring your own style to your kitchen?

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When you first move into a new place, or even if you have been in a place for a while, bringing your own style to your kitchen can sometimes be a scary and challenging task to take on. We see so many ideas on Pinterest and HGTV about what is in and what is out, what will improve your home value and what are a few easy ways to redesign your kitchen, but what if you do not know where to start? Well, I want to help you with that! Today, I am going to share with you how you can bring your own style into your kitchen – from start to finish in just a few easy steps! I am also adding in a few of my favorite ways to easily refresh your kitchen!


Photo Credit: Studio Mc Gee

Create a board on Pinterest

Before you do anything, create a kitchen board on Pinterest. This is so easy (and fun) to do! When you are pinning specific pictures, you need to make sure you are focusing on the important things and not just posting random pictures that will bring no use to your kitchen re-do. Instead of pinning random pictures, consider your style. These questions should help you get a good start to your pinning-spree:

  • What colors do you lean towards? Neutral, bold colors, or a mix?
  • Does your kitchen have enough room for the renovation pictures you are pinning?
  • Can you afford what you are pinning?
  • Do you really need a hidden refrigerator behind two doors?
  • Is this actually your style, or do you just like it because society is telling you that it is “in?”

Answering these questions for each picture will really help you narrow down what you actually want and need vs. just pinning it because you get carried away. As long as you are thinking through each picture you pin, you are good to go!

Figure out what you can do space and budget-wise

This is by far the most important step in this process, other than completing your transformation! Space and budget are insanely important because if you choose a design that is too large for your space, it’s not going to work, or you are going to be really cramped. Take time to measure before you start any project to ensure the design is right for you.

Budget is also very important because if you cannot afford it, your space will be unfinished for a long while. Price out your project before starting it to make sure that you are capable of finishing it. Make sure you leave some room in your budget for errors! You can never be too prepared.

Research how to DIY and/or find contractors in your area

If you are going to do your project yourself, research, research, research! You seriously cannot research enough. There are many great tips on Google, Pinterest and even from hardware stores like Home Depot, or Lowes. For example, if you are wanting to replace the hardwood floors in your house, do a quick search on Google saying: “How to replace hardwood floors myself.” This will bring up hundreds of articles explaining how to do it!

On a different note, there are some things that you cannot, or should not do yourself. If you are worried about it in even the slightest bit, leave it to the professionals!

If you follow those three simple steps, you will have a new kitchen in no time! Just make sure you know your style and what you like and always stick with your gut feeling!! Now that you have the steps in order to create your kitchen, here are my favorite easy ways to refresh a kitchen that you have just moved into, or have lived in for a while:

Replace your countertops

Replacing your countertops is easier than ever, especially when purchasing them from Hanwha Surfaces. The great thing about countertops is that it is an easy, but dramatic and luxurious upgrade to your kitchen. Hanwha Surfaces offers over sixty patterns on quartz countertops to ensure that your style needs gets met. If you do not know what color or style of countertop you are wanting, no worries! Hanwha Surfaces offers their entire collection of products online via their website. You can even order a sample!

Did you know that natural quartz is non-porous, anti-bacterial, durable, stain-resistant, scratch-resistant and heat-resistant? These are just some of the many reasons why quartz is definitely my choice of stone to use on my kitchen countertops. Hanwha Surfaces is based in Atlanta, GA and sells HanStone Quartz and Hanex Solid Surfaces for all of your countertop needs. They started sales in 2003 in North America and opened their first North American manufacturing plant in 2009 in London, Ontario. In the past four years, they have opened four new warehouses, including one in Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Hanwha Lnc Surfaces

Paint your cabinets

Painting your cabinets is also an easy way to upgrade your kitchen, and it is very cheap to do so. Brightening up your space by painting your cabinets is a very affordable way to get more of your style into your kitchen.

 

Switch out your lighting

This is self-explanatory, but lighting always makes a room. If it is too dark, the room feels closed in and stuffy, so lighting is essential! Along with not wanting a room to feel closed in, your lighting also makes a huge play in bringing your style into the kitchen. A lot of people who like a rustic style will do natural woods and even mason jars, while some people love chandeliers or modern lighting. Whatever your style is, this is an easy way to implement it into your new kitchen design, and it is affordable to do so!

Photo Credit: Berger Bungalow

Replace your curtains

In my opinion, curtains can close off a room. If you have curtains, think about taking them off and adding plantation shutters, blinds, or just leaving your window open. This is another way to get more light into your kitchen! If you just have to have curtains, at least do a little upgrade and get some new ones that match the new feel of your kitchen.

 

Add small enhancements

Small details are my favorite way to add style to a kitchen. From flowers, table cloths to kitchen towels, and windowsill decor, this is by far the easiest way to add your favorite style into your kitchen.

 

Transforming your space might seem like a scary task, but once you have your style in your kitchen, I am sure you will love it! I hope this article helps you find the courage to tackle on your own kitchen!

 

 

29 Comments

  1. Jessica Joachim
    June 15, 2017 / 11:04 AM

    I have been wanting to redo my kitchen so badly! It is this terrible blue colorr, but it costs so much to rip it all out and start from scratch lol

    • Jalisa
      June 15, 2017 / 9:47 PM

      It can be such a project but definitely worth it in the end.

  2. June 15, 2017 / 2:07 PM

    I recently wanted to give my kitchen a bit of an updated look without spending a lot of money. So all I decided to do was repaint all the walls in the lighter color and install undercabinet lighting. It made a huge improvement on such a tiny budget .

  3. June 15, 2017 / 2:59 PM

    I want to redo our kitchen. I would love to be able to redo it ourselves. I think we could if we just followed some simple instructions (like yours) and took our time and were careful. I want to do it so bad.

  4. June 15, 2017 / 5:47 PM

    My kitchen has been painted and repainted so many times! I honestly couldn’t tell you how many colors we’ve chosen either. We finally had a semi makeover about 10 years ago when we were going to put our home on the market. It didn’t sale, but we have yet to make any changes. I’m about ready for a new cabinet and wall color.

  5. June 15, 2017 / 8:20 PM

    We are in the process of redoing our kitchen. We have torn down to the studs.

    • Jalisa
      June 15, 2017 / 9:47 PM

      That’s a start.

  6. June 15, 2017 / 9:01 PM

    I love decorating kitchens! It’s probably the food blogger in me! But this is a great post with some fantastic tips I’m definitely going to use

    • Jalisa
      June 15, 2017 / 9:46 PM

      Haha that’s probably it. I’ve always loved to start with the living area. But then I stroll down the kitchen area and see all the cute items and think I need everything.

  7. June 16, 2017 / 12:11 AM

    My kitchen definitely needs a little style help, and because it is where we congregate so much of the time, I would love to do it STAT! thanks for the great advice!

  8. June 16, 2017 / 5:48 AM

    I’m in a open plan flat so doing bigger work is much harder but I did put tiles all along the back wall to add some colour and it’s made such a difference x

  9. June 16, 2017 / 6:04 AM

    I would love to update my kitchen but don’t know where to start. I love to draw out plans, but its such a big task to do and just don’t have the spare hours. Great post!!

  10. June 16, 2017 / 10:28 AM

    Sometimes even just slapping on a new coat of paint can change the whole feel of a room! These are great ideas! (I’ve been wanting to buy a new fixture for forever) Thanks

  11. Journa Liz Servito Ramirez
    June 16, 2017 / 11:22 AM

    I just love those places with a touch of vintage style.. Anyway, I love your kitchen! I’m sure you’ll have fun while preparing you family’s meal

  12. June 16, 2017 / 11:35 AM

    I can’t wait to move just to have a new kitchen and make it my own! I hate the kitchen I have right now, its so small can’t do anything to it to even make it my own!

  13. Di Hickman
    June 16, 2017 / 2:15 PM

    I would love to be able to restyle my kitchen. These are great ideas to be able to make a kitchen your own!

  14. June 16, 2017 / 5:58 PM

    Ugh… I hate our kitchen. Well, maybe not hate, but really dislike. I’ve been dreaming of gutting it for two years. I think in about another two, we’ll be doing that.

    • Jalisa
      June 25, 2017 / 2:20 PM

      I feel like that about my bedroom haha

  15. June 16, 2017 / 6:20 PM

    The bountiful DIY ideas that can be found online helped me a lot to save some costs in my home improvement. And I really enjoy doing it. Sometimes, it could be my dose of stress reliever.

    • Jalisa
      June 25, 2017 / 2:19 PM

      Omg yes. Things definitely can get costly.

  16. June 17, 2017 / 8:40 AM

    I love using pinterest for home ideas – although I tend to gravitate to a bunch of different styles 🙂 I would love to put stone counters in my home – but we aren’t there yet. Will have to look into this though – sounds super easy.

  17. June 17, 2017 / 11:24 AM

    We’ve been in our home for about six years and I’m dying to redo our cabinets. We have dark countertops which I can live with but I really need to lighten up the cabinets!

  18. cvnxena
    June 17, 2017 / 3:16 PM

    This has come at the perfect time! We have recently moved and working our way through the house, we haven’t started the kitchen so will have to bear some of these in mind!

  19. June 17, 2017 / 5:29 PM

    I totally love getting decorating ideas at HGTV and Pinterest. The kitchen decor looks so fabulous!

  20. June 18, 2017 / 1:47 PM

    These are all great tips! We are in the market for new counter tops so Ill definitely have to check out the ones you mentioned!

  21. Brittany
    June 18, 2017 / 8:19 PM

    I love this so much! We’re moving into our new house soon and we’re going to be renovating our kitchen amount many other rooms.

  22. The Everyday Mom Life
    June 18, 2017 / 9:31 PM

    I love your kitchen! It is so beautiful. I really love the beam. I wish we could do that here but our ceilings are too low.

  23. June 22, 2017 / 10:18 AM

    Great post! Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to redo at least the cabinets and the color of the walls as our kitchen since we redid it almost 9 years ago.

    • Jalisa
      June 25, 2017 / 2:15 PM

      Always time for a redo.

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