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5 Ways to Add an Air of Sophistication to your Kitchen

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The kitchen may be the hardest working room in the house, but that doesn’t mean you need to settle for an industrial, boring look that says nothing about your household’s personality. Rather than sacrificing style for function, consider a few ideas on bringing elegance and classic appeal to the space. There are several ways to make a change and freshen up the room, whether you’re working on a tight budget or have more money to invest. Check out 5 ways to add an air of sophistication to your kitchen, from subtle changes to major transformations.

 

1: Install Pendant Lighting

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Overhead and task lighting is essential in the kitchen, so you might as well make these fixtures pleasant to look at as well. Pendant lamps are quite popular to select in kitchen design right now, and you’re sure to find something that suits your style. When going for sophistication in the space, try delicate crystal pieces or hand-blown glass. If your idea of elegance is more modern and contemporary, you might consider pendant lights with an industrial feel. Sleek chrome and glass pieces will also add interest, especially when you incorporate them in sets of two or three.

  1. Bring Plenty of Green Into the Space

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Plants and greenery should be on any list of ways to add an air of sophistication to your kitchen. They bring elegance to your kitchen because they welcome the feeling of the outdoors into the space. A few pots on a windowsill or placed upon shelves incorporate texture, which is almost as important as color when transforming a room. If you like to cook, plant some herbs in colorful pots. Not only are these attractive, but they’re also easy to grab when you’re creating your favorite dishes.

  1. Add Roman Shades at the Windows

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Plain curtains and window dressings are just ho-hum, while Roman shades are graceful and classic. They work especially well in a kitchen because they fold up quickly when you want to welcome light and fresh air into the room. Plus, because they’re made of fabric, they’re easy to clean at home or send off to the dry cleaners. Roman shades are at the top of many designers’ ideas for adding an air of sophistication to your kitchen, so they’re a wise decor decision.

Prints like stripes or paisley are both fun and elegant, and you can coordinate them with other upholstery in the kitchen. The look will be cohesive, which always lends sophistication in any space. If the room gets a lot of natural light, consider Roman shades intended to filter out the sunlight so you can reduce your energy bills.

  1. Go for Rich Colors in Cabinetry and Benchtops

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Visually, your cabinets are the most statement making pieces in the kitchen. When you’re looking to add elegance, French provincial kitchens can be a great way to start. Shades of grey and faded blue create the feeling of open airiness, and they’re particularly soothing to the eye.

When considering rich colors for your cabinets, don’t overlook your benchtops. You have a wide array of materials to choose from including WK quantum quartz, stone, tile and those made from recycled goods. You can even opt for the contemporary style of concrete in almost every shade under the sun.

  1. Don’t Overlook the Little Details and Accents.

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No list of ways to add an air of sophistication to your kitchen would be complete without mentioning the finishing touches that add your personal style. Accents like collections, pottery, gorgeous dishes and antiques can add the elegance you’re seeking. You should also consider artwork when transforming your kitchen. If you have a favorite piece of art, hang it as a showcase focal point and build the rest of your sophisticated kitchen around it. Shelves are another way to add a personal touch. Stack your cookbooks here and they’ll always be handy when you need to refer to a recipe.

 

Are you feeling inspired by these 5 ways to add an air of sophistication to your kitchen? Get started the right way by establishing a budget and deciding what changes make the most sense for your household before you take the leap. Sometimes an idea that seems workable in theory isn’t a great choice when you put it to practical use, so take the time to make wise decisions. In addition, because it’s a room involving heavy appliances, electrical ductwork and plumbing, you’ll also need the services of a contractor.

Author bio: Phil works closely with each Select Kitchens customer to build the kitchen of their dreams. His keen eye for design and passion for kitchens gives him the insight and knowhow to create the best quality kitchens. Phil’s blog on the Select Kitchen website offers useful tips and advice about building and renovating stylish kitchens. You can read it here.

 
 
 

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