7 Upgrades For A Bright & Beautiful Kitchen

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Whether you rent or own, one thing we can probably all agree on is that our kitchen is never big enough. Our old place had a tiny kitchen and no dining room, therefore our dining room and kitchen became one room and we had to find creative ways to maximise space and minimise clutter. Now, as we embark on remodelling our first home, I made the kitchen top priority! Not everyone can tear down walls or install new countertops and flooring, but you can do a few simple upgrades to make your kitchen bigger and brighter. Here are some helpful tips I've learned along the way!
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1. Keep It Light

Keep the  cabinetsbacksplash and flooring in the same colour family to give your eye a sense of unity. In a small kitchen, white and other light colours are your best friends because they reflect light, making your kitchen seem bigger and brighter. If you're a renter, ask your landlord if you can paint the cabinets or apply  removable wallpaper.
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2. Elongate

Use elongating  geometric patterns on the floor to give the illusion of a longer kitchen or stripes to make it appear wider. If you're unable to invest in new tile, an outdoor rug will do the trick! The plastic blend makes it super easy to clean up spills.
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3. Add Height

Don't you just love this deep blue tile? Adding  backsplash tile all the way to the ceiling not only gives the appearance of a taller kitchen, but also reflects light. 
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4. Open Up

Say goodbye to bulky cabinets and hello to  open shelving. Not only does this open up the space in your kitchen, it also gives you a chance to display those beautiful ceramics that have been hiding away in cupboards. If you're a renter, just remove the cabinet doors and hinges and put them back on whenever you move!
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5. Clear The Countertops

Keep the countertops free of clutter by having a place for everything and making use of alternative storage.  Hang your pots and pans so you can store bulky items in the cabinets below, display your knives on a  magnetic strip and keep all your utensils in a large vase.
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6. Slender Furniture

The key is to keep things open instead of blocking off. Choose  bar stools and kitchen islands with sleek, open designs so your eye can see past them.
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7. Reflect

Just like using mirrors in a room to make it appear bigger and brighter, use a mirrored or reflective tile as your backsplash to really make your kitchen shine.

Like this guide? To see more ways to update your kitchen, check out my  Bright & Beautiful Kitchen collection!  For more tips and tricks, check out all of my  Guides or feel free to browse my  Collections. Happy shopping!
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