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How to liven up kitchen cabinets: decor options are endless

by Shannon Dauphin

Are you tired of looking at the same boring kitchen cabinets day after day? Kitchen cabinets decor can liven up even the simplest cabinets by focusing on the area underneath and above the cabinets, as well as the decorative things you can do to the cabinet doors themselves.

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Kitchen cabinets: decor adds kick to your kitchen style

When you want to spruce up your kitchen cabinets, decor matters. Without changing a thing about your existing cabinets, you can add flourishes and touches that turn your so-so kitchen cabinets into artful conversation pieces. Here's how:

  1. Decorate the area above your kitchen cabinets. Many cabinets will have an upper area of empty space of at least a few inches, possibly even a foot or more. Don't use it for unsightly storage: Spruce it up with interesting knickknacks, vintage signs, a collection of decorative pitchers, or even shade-loving potted plants--just remember to water them, of course.
  2. Don't neglect the area underneath your kitchen cabinets. A light rail underneath the cabinets can add a bit of style as well as functional task-lighting. You can also install hooks to hold those pretty teacups or interesting trinkets. For a sleeker look, consider adding an appliance garage or small cabinet that fits directly under the existing ones.
  3. Spruce up the cabinets. Consider a unique form of paint for the cabinet doors, such as a distressed finish that gives your kitchen an aged look. Unusual handles can also add a burst of fun decor for your kitchen cabinets.

Don't forget the inside of your cabinets

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, decor doesn't have to stop where the door closes. Consider painting the back of the cabinets a contrasting color, or use fine wallpapers to cover the shelves for a dramatic look. If you're really brave, remove the doors from the cabinets when you're done and enjoy the look of open shelving. If you do this, include interesting trinkets and collectibles along with your everyday dishes to add an air of whimsy and interest.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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