3. Swap out (or even remove) cabinet doors.
“Replacing existing doors with glass-paneled ones looks like a major upgrade,” Scott says. Opt for frosted glass, if you feel like your shelves aren’t display-worthy.
Or, ditch the doors altogether to create the effect of open shelving. “I’ve done this in kitchens to create a lighter space,” Scott says. Display your favorite dishes and bowls to add a bit of interest to the room.
4. Paint an accent wall.
Not game to spend hours painting cabinets? Quickly do a single wall instead. “Go darker than you usually would,” says Scott. “If I’m painting a room light gray, I’d add an accent wall that’s two shades deeper.”
5. Hang a pendant light.
If you’re irked by your kitchen’s decades-old light fixture, replace it with a colorful pedant. Since lighting is so important in any room, this one change can totally transform the entire space. “Find inexpensive lights at allmodern.com, ylighting.com, and lampsplus.com,” says Kristy.
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