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Modern Ways to Update Your Kitchen

Few things make a home look more outdated than a tired, old kitchen. Fortunately, you can inject some life, color, and flavor back into your home with a kitchen that is freshly updated. Best of all, you don't have to spend a lot of money in the process.

 Low-Cost Lifts

 You'll get a big bang for your buck just by changing your cabinet hardware. New handles, pulls, and knobs can rejuvenate the look of your kitchen. Try out sleek, metallic bars for a contemporary vibe, bronzed pulls for more rustic character, and matte black or gold knobs for a classic feel. Faucets can make an equally notable splash in your décor when you choose a tall, crooked-neck design with an integrated sprayer in the same trendy finishes as your new cabinet hardware.

 Mid-Range Updates

 For slightly larger budgets, choose to renovate your seating and lighting to kick your design into full gear. Benches are a fun and easy way to refresh your kitchen table. Bench cushions are easily updated throughout the year; just stash off-season cushions and pillows in storage, and change them out seasonally for a perennially fresh look. And, harness the power of lighting to adjust your kitchen ambiance. Today's popular lighting choices include welcoming wall sconces, pendant lights suspended over kitchen islands, and innovative chandeliers.

 Big-ticket Fixes

 One of the most effective updates you can make to your kitchen involves new cabinetry. Cabinets in deep or rich tones can create an updated, functional, welcoming space. To complement the new cabinetry, get rid of that old linoleum and install beautifully warm wood or appealing stone. Tie it all together with crisp-looking stainless steel appliances to unify the design.

 For big budgets or small, the key to a successful update of your kitchen is to choose upgrades that you love and are modern. If you keep those principles in mind, you'll end up with a kitchen that gives you joy for years to come.