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The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where everyone gathers, whether you’re cooking, eating or just talking. A workable, up-to-date kitchen serves more than just a functional purpose, it creates an inviting space for family and friends to gather. An added bonus is that an updated kitchen is one of the biggest selling points of a house, giving you the largest return on investment when it comes to remodeling costs – if you do it right.

We wanted to share some tips to get you started on the right path when it comes to updating the look of your kitchen:

Paint
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Paint is the most cost-effective way to spruce up a room. Picking the right color for your kitchen, however, can be a little tricky since you have to take into account the color of your counters, cabinets, appliances, etc… Your local paint professional can help you pick the best color for your space.

Red Kitchen Cabinets - Via Flikr

Cabinets
Cabinetry can be a big investment if you’re thinking about replacing them completely. Don’t be so quick to yank your cabinets down just because they’re looking a little tired. Instead, refresh the cabinets you have by refinishing or repainting them. Your local paint expert can help you pick out the best paint or stain for the job.

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Lighting
Improve function and highlight architectural details in your kitchen with a better lighting scheme. You’ll want to make sure to focus on task and ambient lighting in your kitchen.

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Accessories
Consider re-accessorizing you existing cabinetry. Add crown molding to your cabinets to create some visual interest and architectural detail. New hardware is another simple upgrade. Updating your kitchen hardware can change the whole look of the kitchen.

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What do you think of these DIY leather cabinet pulls from Apartment Therapy?

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