Kitchen / January 28, 2018 / .
Countertops crowded with cookware, cabinets, and collectibles overwhelm a small kitchen and cramp work space. To enlarge the room, clear off counters, windowsills, and cabinet tops, and stash as much as you can behind closed doors. To take decluttering further, opt for minimalist European-style cabinetry with sleek, flat-panel doors.
Many interior designers and homeowners use faux painting techniques to add texture and dimension to the walls. Color washing is one popular technique that can be used on any painted surface. Also known as glazing, this technique works well on walls, ceilings, cabinets and furniture, making it an ideal option for your kitchen. To create this look, a thin glaze or water-based wash is painted on top of the base coat to create subtle layers of color. Color washing can be achieved in a few steps and is a good technique for people who are just learning how to manipulate paint. Some designers like to also use color washing to create accent panels for artwork that can add a bit of drama to a room.
Instead of traditional closed upper cabinets, go for storage that feels airy instead of bulky. Only and repeat only, do this if you are not a tornado in the kitchen, and can keep everything neat and tidy. This is not just keeping things tidy and tucked away, although it is that too. It is about maintaining clean lines, without tons of overly decorative details. Avoid things like corbels and ornate cabinet pulls, and opt for a more minimalist look instead. The small metal hardware and modern cabinet fronts in kitchen keep things open and fuss free.
Neon yellow and green have been getting lots of attention in the fashion world in the last few years, and these shades are now taking their place in the kitchen as well. Electric and often shocking, these bright shades can really wake up a cooking space, but they work best in small doses. Try a citron, chartreuse or lime in your pantry, inside your cabinets or on an accent wall. If neon paint colors feel too dramatic, there are many neon kitchen accessories that will bring pops of these fun colors into your kitchen.