A kitchen is a room in most homes in which a lot of time is spent, preparing and cooking meals and in many cases, also to eat them. In most home improvement projects, kitchens are often the first on the list and this is fairly expensive. Achieving these improvements with DIY kitchen decor ideas can save you a lot of money.
It is not necessary for you to be a master carpenter or designer to complete the makeover of a kitchen, and if you approach this job systematically and carefully you can achieve results that can be eye-catching and attractive. One of the first things you need to do is find some attractive ideas that are easy to implement.
Start with looking at magazines, or sites on the internet. It can do no harm to visit kitchen equipment suppliers and their showrooms where you can pick up quite a few hints on how to proceed. Look at arrangements, color schemes, things like islands, work tables, counter tops, lighting, ventilation, cabinets and anything that you find both useful and attractive.
One of the easiest things to take up in the decoration of a kitchen is painting it. Use oil-based paints as these are attractive and are easy to clean. Start early in the day, with colors that you have chosen, and then your paint will have the time to dry. You may need to keep the kitchen closed for that day and get some takeaway food. Changing the lighting in a kitchen with track lighting can be an easy job as most of these fittings are prewired, and you would just have to fix the lights at the desired location. Make sure that your lights are effective for the work areas that are in normal use.
Another DIY kitchen decor that is often always taken up is redoing countertops. Laminates are the easiest to do, but a tiled countertop will be easier to maintain and will also be more durable. If it is laminates you have chosen, see if at the same time you can take up the refacing of your cupboards and cabinets, as this is a work that adds greatly to the appearance of the kitchen, because of the relatively large surfaces that they present.
If you are planning to install a kitchen island as part of your decor, plan this carefully, as you may require installing water, drainage, fuel and electrical lines as well. The last item in most kitchen remodeling jobs is redoing the floors. Choose tiles that are of larger size and have lesser joints and use colors that will give your kitchen a bright look. You can now look at the appliances that you have, and see whether they fit into your decor, or do need some action to bring them into the scheme of things. You need not replace appliances, but can consider covers or other ways to make them conform to the decor. Put in some shelves on the window for some plants as this can add a nice touch to a kitchen.