When you walk into the kitchen, what’s the first thing you see? If you are really hungry, it’s probably that salami sandwich that was left out on the counter, but after that, the most eye-catching things are the kitchen cabinets. Hanging right at eye level and along the ground as well, your kitchen cabinets can do an amazing job in setting the tone for your kitchen. How can you make sure that your cabinets are saying exactly what you want them to?

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When we think of the term “pop of color” we think of the color lime green or magenta punching someone in the face. That’s not exactly what the term means, but if you add some vivid color to your kitchen cabinets, you can create an effect that is nearly as glamorous. For example, do you crave the Caribbean? Paint your cabinets a lush green and add some white trim. Do you love a rather cool, Mediterranean look? Try for a soft, faded blue.

New doors

Sometimes, the thing that is distressing about the cabinets is not how they store things, but simply in how they look. Before you tear out all of the cabinets in a home-decor inspired rage, simply take your time and look at the doors. If the cabinets themselves are just fine, tear off the doors and replace them with something you like better. For example, you can replace the cabinets with glass-fronted doors, doors with interesting trim, or doors that are more plain than what you have right now.

Pull out cabinet shelves

One of the big complaints that we hear about kitchen cabinets is that they are inaccessible. They are so deep and so crowded that it can be hard to find anything. Instead of waiting until your items bust out of the cabinets because you have been stacking them one on top of the other, simply install pull-out shelves. That way, when you open the door, you can pull the entire shelf forward, letting you see what is in it.

Light it up

kitchen lighting

One complaint that we hear a lot, especially in older houses, is that the cabinets are large, bulky, and block light. The last thing that you want to do when you are chopping veggies is to have vision issues, so why not consider installing some under-counter lights? You can look for LED lights that can be attached to the bottom of a cabinet, allowing you tap them lightly and to flood the area under the cabinet with plenty of great light.

Easy plate rack

If you are tired of stacking your plates and causing a clatter whenever you want a larger one at the bottom, instead consider putting in a plate rack. A plate rack, if you have the space, is a wonderful way to have all of your dishes present and accounted for at once. Consider having beautiful plates that are matched by color and size, standing up on edge like a row of obedient books, waiting for your need.

Crown moulding additions

When in doubt, smack some trim on it! Crown moulding applied to the edges of your cabinet, around the top and bottom or on all sides, can help you create a space that you really enjoy.

Don’t think that you have to do a full kitchen remodel to enjoy your cabinets; consider what you can do for them today!