10 Kitchen Make-Over Tips

Ten simple ideas to dress up your cooking space.

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10 Kitchen Make-Over Tips

Simple ideas to dress up your cooking space

-From Barry Dixon Interiors, By Brian Coleman

Barry Dixon InteriorsBarry Dixon, who The Washington Post calls “an A-list designer,” has designed homes for celebs like Diane Sawyer and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, but his approach is simple enough for anyone to use.

Here are some of Barry’s Timeless Tips:

1. Don’t be afraid to downplay a serious antique with an amusing accent to keep it from becoming too formal and unapproachable.

2. Use natural colors that stimulate the appetite in the kitchen-the hues of the sun, wheat in the fields, vegetables from the garden. Bring nature inside with organic colors and murals or wallpaper with forest or floral themes.

3. Extend draperies above the window to make the window seem taller.

decorative pots in the kitchen

4. Display all your pretty pots and crockery instead of just storing them behind closed cabinets. Invest in an attractive overhead pot holder. It’s both attractive and practical!

5. Hide a flat-screen TV with shuttered panels of hinged prints or artwork.

overhead lighting fixture

6. One fabulous overhead lighting fixture can make even a simple kitchen look dramatic.

bright colors in the kitchen

7. Make the kitchen more exciting with bright colors, artwork, and collectibles.

8. Take one design element, maybe from a piece of fabric or material in the room, and repeat the theme for visual coordination and appeal.

9. Bring collectibles, vases, art or furniture from the living room or den into the kitchen.

10. Personalize chairs and give them individuality by using different but complimentary fabric coverings.

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