Give Your Kitchen a Facelift!
It is said that there is no place like home and if you think about it, no matter where you roam, you only truly feel at home when you’re back in your own bed at home. That is why we adorn and decorate our homes to our personal style and that definitely transcends into the heart of the home, the kitchen.
I had the chance to interview the renowned designer, Jane Lockhart and talk about upcoming trends, the LG Kitchen event in Toronto, and the new LG Kitchen in Black Stainless Steel Series. The design of a home kitchen needs to express your personal style but also be functional and tailored to your needs, right? Read on for some tips and trends to give your kitchen the facelift you’ve been longing for.
1. Invest in New Appliances
Let’s face it, getting new appliances can definitely change up the entire look of your kitchen. For example, LG’s newest appliances in black stainless steel are beautiful. I love their sleek and stylish look and ability to seamlessly integrate into any space. So much so that I went out and went to play with them myself at an LG Kitchen Demo.
The series includes gorgeous French 3-Door and 4-Door fridge models where you can find the InstaView Door-in-Door. You can peek inside the fridge without opening it simply by knocking twice. It immediately lights up and you can see inside without opening the fridge unless you want to. You save the cold air and your food stays fresher longer.
Then there is the LG Top Control Dishwasher with QuadWash with a height adjustable 3rd rack. Since it has four arms instead of two, it cleans from all angles. It’s built to be quiet and you can access it through your phone. With its full steel interior, good water movement, and 3 shelves, it makes it an excellent pick.
Of course, no kitchen is a kitchen without a stove and the LG gas range in black stainless steel does not disappoint. It sself-cleanswithin minutes and LG UltraHeat 18,500 BTU burners deliver every bit of the precision you love about gas with even more power. So, forget about standing and waiting around for water to boil. The LG Over-the-Range microwave with Slide-Out ExtendaVent microwave is large, powerful and has a vent that will catch all smoke and lingering smells by extending out.
LG is an innovator in the kitchen space — from design-centric features to functionality, LG has innovative, intuitive and resource-saving appliances built around the way you live. Best of all, all of these appliances are fingerprint and smudge-resistant. To me, that adds to an overall clean and sleek design of a kitchen. Especially when the appliances do not have a smudge in sight! The appliances help to maintain clean lines, too, since countertops are getting flatter.
2. Think About Your Cabinetry Style
Cabinetry is starting to go dark. That means dark bottoms, light tops, or no upper cabinets at all. The trend for 2018 is a wonderful marriage of both light and dark. Matching isn’t essential and I don’t know about you but, that is definitely refreshing. With the new LG appliances in black stainless steel, you’re going to want them to pop.
3. Update Your Cabinets
A great way to update your cabinets is to go DIY. You can update oak or golden cabinets by painting them. You can sand them down and choose a more neutral colour or go dark. It’s an inexpensive way to change the entire look of your kitchen.
4. Tame Cabinets with Paint
If you’re committed to your oak cabinets, tame them down with paint. Adding a chocolate brown to the walls can create sharp contrasts and really cleans up the space. Even opting for painting the wall behind cabinetry in a deep charcoal makes oak look better.
5. Subway Tiles Are In
Yes, they’re back but, really, in my mind–they have never really gone out of style. But, Jane suggests that they make a great backdrop option that can enhance your other accessories such as mirrors, bathroom cabinets, and kitchen windows.
6. Update the Countertops
If you have cabinets you are already in love with but, the countertops can use a little updating, this is a great way to revamp your kitchen. Just consider the dark and light option and go for a countertop you’ll love.
7. Use Mixed Metals
An easy way to make your kitchen more appealing is to mix metals. Use warm metals with warm colours and cool metal with cool colours. Just keep it subtle!
8. Layer Your Lighting
Jane suggests that you use a three-part layering process. Ambient lighting is general lighting that helps you see in a space. Task lighting is directed at an area like a counter in your kitchen to help you see what you’re doing, clearly, and Accent lighting is decorative, used to light an object like a piece of art.
Consider using recessed lighting for an overhead ambient light. Add under cabinet lighting to not only light your way during tasks but, to add a layer of light.
9. Pick a Backsplash
As mentioned above and in Jane’s 2017 Trend Report, subway tiles are in and here to stay. But, you can consider using other types of backsplashes. For example, she suggests adding traditional antique-mirrored tile with a beveled edge for an elegant touch. Stack them for a contemporary take. That’s what draws the eye making it perfect when you want to add a focal point.
Transform Your Space!
Jane was in attendance at the #LGKitchen Event to sit down and talk to influencers all about design. She says that the new LG series is innovative and energy saving. Having LG at home, she is already very impressed by the brand but, just as impressed with the new LG black stainless steel design.
Jane states that LG is innovative in the sense that they consider the evolving way people use their spaces. They are similar to interior designers in the manner of how they consider how people are using their living spaces and helping them to maximize their space.
The LG black stainless steel series offers beautiful dark-tinted stainless and a satin-smooth finish for a modern design. No doubt! I recently painted my cabinets and would love to add these black stainless into my kitchen.
Now that you are armed with 9 simple and easy ways to give your kitchen a facelift, hopefully, you’ll be transforming your kitchen in a way that makes you a master of your own space. A place where you can cook and entertain with ease, with a modern, stylish aesthetic that makes you happy!
Does your kitchen need a facelift?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: This post is sponsored by LG Canada. All thoughts and opinons are honest and my own. Photo Credit: Hamish Birt.
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.