These days, we’re spending more and more time in the comforts of our home. With all the extra hours that you have on your hands, why not spruce up the heart of your home — the kitchen? Though House Beautiful points out that a complete renovation can take up about a year, some simple yet meaningful touches here and there can breathe some new life into your kitchen.

1. Give it a Good Scrubbing

You’d be surprised at how different your space could be with a deep clean and a good decluttering. To get things started, you should first clear out any clutter in the cabinets. This way, you’ll have enough space to give the kitchen a good scrubbing — from cleaning the walls and mopping the floors, to wiping down the stove and other appliances.

And don’t forget the drains! Sometimes, it’s the invisible things that can make the most difference. There are many ways to deal with any bad smells coming out of your sink, with HomeServe listing a few easy ways you can clean your drain naturally. You can clean out your sink’s plughole by pouring in boiling water, white vinegar, or a combination of baking soda and vinegar. A spick-and-span kitchen sets out the perfect foundation for the rest of your revamp.

2. Incorporate Open Shelving

Your kitchen’s storage doesn’t have to be limited to just your cabinets. A charming yet functional storage solution for your kitchen would be open shelves on top of the walls.

Whether it’s wood or glass, open shelving is a great way to store (and display) your kitchen essentials. What’s more, we’ve previously shared in our list of ’54 Stunning Kitchen Storage for Small Space’ that you can even use small wicker baskets to organize everything. This option adds a soft rustic touch to your kitchen’s interior design.

3. Paint the Counters and Cabinets

Instead of giving the entire kitchen a time-consuming paint job, you can paint just the counter and the cabinets to give the room a makeover. However, be sure to select a color that contrasts your kitchen walls to create a huge visual impact in your kitchen.

In fact, Freshome notes that a contrast scheme not only adds a dramatic effect, but it also invites more color and energy into your home’s palette. So, if you have white walls, go for dark hues like black, grey, or navy blue.

4. Hang Pendant Lights

It goes without saying that lighting plays a key role in your home’s interior design, which is why you shouldn’t just rely on standard light bulbs. To make a stellar statement, you should consider adding chic pendant lights in your kitchen. Apart from bringing in more light in the room, these pieces will help anchor the room’s design. If you have an island in your kitchen, place one or two over it so it becomes the focal point of the room.

5. Upgrade Your Appliances

Lastly, don’t shy away from splurging a bit and upgrading your kitchen appliances. It doesn’t have to be all of the items, but updating one or two will provide a contemporary touch to your kitchen. It’s best to go with the main appliances you tend to use more than others, such as the fridge and stove, as these will make the biggest impact in your revamp.

For those on a budget, painting them with stainless steel paint is a powerful way to refresh your kitchen, too.

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