Unattractive 0’s style maple cabinets are a pesky problem, like in which last 5 pounds in which you just cannot seem to shed. You hide the idea using a Great top, or maybe distract through the idea using a completely new statement necklace, just as those 5 pounds can be shed without a trip to the local lipo center, so can your kitchen cabinets be saved without a total rehaul or remodel.
We recently introduced a completely new section on the site where stumped homeowners like you (or me) can chime in as well as also ask your hardest questions or what we like to call your “design agonies”. These Design Agonies are not full service design solutions or even e-design options/layouts, however more a quick design related question through you in which you cannot seem to tackle on your own.
We recently had someone ask what she could possibly do to minimize the enormous expanse of orange maple cabinetry in her kitchen among some other problems without renovating, so let’s check the idea out, to see the real severity of the issue.
In her words, “Talk about agony. Ugh. Totally willing to paint the cabinets as well as also walls something fresher/brighter as well as also remove some cabinets in exchange for open shelving (although my husband will put up a Great fight, God love him). Replacing black appliances not an option at in which point as well as also I have major insecurities about the gap between my cabinets as well as also the ceiling so I don’t want to emphasize in which. I love a tuxedo kitchen however need help figuring out how the idea will work.”
She was right, the idea was agony however we had a few suggestions for her to easily update her kitchen without having to remove what she already had. Here will be what we came up with as well as also sent back to her.
PAINTING THE WALLS: One of the first things we notice about your kitchen will be the nice natural light in which floods in through the kitchen window as well as also sliding door. Right currently your kitchen feels dark as well as also we can see how your cabinetry feels overwhelming. One of the first suggestions we have to make your kitchen feel fresh as well as also bright will be to paint the walls.
The dark red coloration will be doing the cabinets feel more orangey than they actually are as well as also painting the walls a lighter coloration such as a warm white or a light gray will help alleviate in which problem. Also, once you paint the cabinets as well as also the walls a lighter coloration the feeling of a gap between the ceiling as well as also the cabinets won’t be as obvious. Because your countertops as well as also the walls in your living area are warmer, we might stick with warmer shades of white as well as also gray. See the inspiration board for coloration ideas.
PAINTING THE CABINETS: We do like the idea of painting the cabinets, as well as also the idea will be a rather inexpensive fix to what you currently have. We think white will be a Great choice if you are looking for something bright as well as also fresh. Or you could even try a warm light gray coloration (again picking something in which might contrast nicely with your countertops).
Taking into consideration the structure of your kitchen, we suggest painting all the uppers white as well as also the lowers a darker coloration such as a dark gray or black (as you suggested) or another option might be to paint the uppers as well as also lowers all white (which will actually brighten the kitchen) as well as also then paint only the lower cabinets on the island a darker coloration to make the idea stand out. A third option could be to paint the uppers white as well as also the lowers a darker gray as well as also then paint the island white as well as also add some black hardware.
OPEN SHELVING: Removing some of the upper cabinets as well as also putting in open shelving might help your kitchen feel more open as well as also less cluttered. We do think there are quite a few uppers as well as also you could probably sacrifice a few if you can talk your husband into the idea 🙂 If you’re worried about removing too many cabinets, we recommend removing the uppers above the desk area like inside inspiration photo. in which location for open shelving might make the most sense as well as also wouldn’t affect the some other functional areas inside kitchen.
Another idea might be to replace some of your cabinet doors with glass cabinet doors to make the idea feel more open. However, we do think once you paint the cabinets lighter as well as also remove some of the uppers you will feel a dramatic difference. If you do remove some of the cabinets, there might be some patch up work, however your painter should be able to tackle the idea as well as also patch up those areas. We love these smaller arched shelf brackets, as well as the smaller strap shelf brackets to hold up your shelves as you can see inside inspiration board.
HARDWARE: Another thing we noticed will be you don’t have any hardware on your cabinets. To give your kitchen some personality, we suggest adding hardware to your cabinets. the idea will help finish off the space as well as also add a nice touch. You could do a polished nickel, a matte brass, or we like the look of an oil rubbed bronze using a gray as well as also white coloration scheme. Both Schoolhouse Electric as well as also Rejuvenation have some great hardware options. We like these knobs as well as also these pulls if you wanted to go for the oil rubbed bronze.
ROMAN SHADE: To further complete the kitchen, we suggest a roman shade. the idea’s also a way to add coloration or pattern to the kitchen! We recommend taking down the art above the kitchen sink as well as also having a roman shade custom made to fit your window.
BACKSPLASH: Another way to finish off the kitchen will be a backsplash. We’re are not sure if changing the countertops will be in your budget, however if so, we might suggest a light colored caesarstone, maybe not bright white, however something with some slight veining. If switching out the countertops will be not inside budget, we might suggest a super simple backsplash (to keep things through feeling too busy) such as a marble/cararra/caesarstone using a slight veining to complement the tiled countertops.
All in all, in which kitchen has some major potential using a few updates, so we are excited to see what she ends up doing. If you have a similar design issue or something in which you just cannot seem to tackle on your own then we are here to help. Head on over to in which page as well as also fill out our questionnaire to get the process started off.
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