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Kitchen Accents – The Finishing Touches

Let me ask you something, but you have to promise that you won’t look – that’s cheating… Tell me, what does your current hardware in your kitchen look like? Do you have knobs or pulls? Do you have both? How about your backsplash; is it less than stellar? What about your wall color; or does your kitchen even have enough wall space to impact the overall look? What about your faucet style? Or your light fixture? Describe those to me… Most of the time, people can’t even answer those questions because those are the things that go unnoticed in our daily life – that is unless you spend hours studying your kitchen and all of it’s features, and I’m assuming your neighbors have something better to do than question you about the style of knobs you chose.

To be perfectly honest, the importance of style for all of these items is pretty irrelevant when it comes to function; however, it does contribute to the overall aesthetic of the space. These details are important but they often go unrecognized as an individual piece. Rather, they come together to create a compilation giving the space its overall style when it’s all said and done. In reality, the most permanent pieces of your kitchen would be your cabinets, followed by countertops and possibly flooring. While replaceable, those tend to be the most expensive so it makes sense to keep those longer. But when it comes to everything else (such as paint, backsplash, and hardware) those costs are not nearly as significant.

If you are looking for a place in your kitchen to dress it up, make it trendy, or give it your own personal style then these finishing touches are the place to do it! If it’s resale value you are worried about you should keep in mind, these are things that other people can easily fix if they are not happy with it. I’m not saying go crazy with color or have decorative fish tiles on your backsplash, but make it your own! Don’t obsess about how perfect it is and think that you are married to this exact kitchen forever. Everyone at some point or another feels that their space will need a change here or there, and after you get ten to fifteen years of use out of all of these finishing touches, it’s okay to consider replacing them and giving your space a whole new vibe without having to remodel the entire thing again! You could even consider changing out drapery, adding jars or a cute colorful mixer, or even setting out some fresh flowers to liven up your space. The personal touches don’t have to stop with the permanent things. Remember, what makes a home is the people who live in it, not just the function of the space.

At the end of the day if you’re having trouble deciding on finishing touches, my advise to you would be to follow your gut feeling and don’t over think it. Do what you like and what makes you happy! That’s what will take any ordinary kitchen and turn it into YOUR kitchen. Don’t worry about what others think, because at the end of the day they don’t have to live with it – you do! So make it yours! Spice it up, add some character, and don’t look back! After all, they’re just finishing touches.

Kitchen Accents

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