You love your home but you're bored with the kitchen. Well here are some great ideas from Houzz that will make your kitchen the talk of the town.
1. Geometric backsplash. Bright, bold and eye catching, a feature like this is sure to be a
centerpiece. You can achieve a similar look with mosaic tile or by
carefully applying paint.
2. Bright color behind open shelves. Anyone can do this —
just remove the doors from your upper cabinets and paint the backs a
bright hue. Match the wall color, as shown here, for a seamless look.
3. Chevron backsplash. A simple chevron pattern looks especially
fresh and fun in vibrant turquoise and white. The yellow pots on the
stove here really pop against the blue and white tile — and the palette would work equally well the opposite way, with turquoise pots against yellow and white tile.
4. Chic decals. White measurement decals on a black wall look
refreshingly clean and simple … and they’re useful, too! You can easily
find more decorative options too.
5. Magnet wall. Stainless steel refrigerators are so common these
days, we’ve lost the most convenient place for displaying notes,
postcards and children’s art. Why not install a giant magnet board in
the kitchen to take over? The sleek metal looks cool and just begs for
6. Wallpaper. Wallpaper is so unexpected in the kitchen, and it’s
a treat to see an interesting pattern on the walls instead of flat
paint. Many wallpapers are not as delicate as you might think, but if you use one near the stove, it’s best to protect it with a sheet of Plexiglas or a specialty finish. Wallpaper is especially great in small kitchens — the pattern fools the eye into thinking the room extends farther than it actually does.
7. Color and pattern mixed. Why stop with color or pattern
when you can have both? This creative kitchen mixes it up with a warm
pink hue applied behind half of the upper cabinets and the upper part of
the wall, and a bold wallpaper design behind the bottom half of the
8. Fridge matched to an accent wall. This petite kitchen is bursting with personality —
a small pink Smeg fridge is tucked neatly into a nook in the buttery
yellow cabinets, and there’s a fun scrap-wood backsplash. To get a
similar look, track down a fridge or stove in a hue taken from your wallpaper, accent wall or backsplash.
9. Chalked-up concrete. Take sidewalk chalk to the kitchen with a
writable cement backsplash, and have fun creating a rotating display of
sketches, doodles and lists. A concrete floor can be treated the same
way, depending on the finish used — so you can let the kiddos draw on the floor!
10. Zigzag linoleum. What a fun way to use plain, supercheap
linoleum tiles. Simply apply tiles in two colors you like together in a
zigzag pattern rather than in straight lines.
11. Painted checkerboard floor. Like the classic black and white
checkerboard floor, but updated in soft green and blue, this floor is
lovely — and it’s a fairly easy DIY project. Mark the pattern carefully
on a primed floor, paint in one color and allow it to dry fully before
filling in the next.
12. Pressed-tin ceiling tiles. This Florida cottage kitchen proves that big style doesn’t need to break the bank. Simple
Ikea floating shelves, basic cabinets and a reclaimed-barn-wood island
save cash and allow the amazing pressed-tin ceiling tiles and marble
counters to take center stage. You can find new ceiling tiles in
well-stocked home improvement stores, and vintage sets at salvage yards
or on sites like eBay.
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