Posted on: 9 October 2015Share
When watching popular house buying shows you will see the majority of home buyers prefer a white kitchen and most times you will hear them say this is because it is brighter and more appealing. So if you're looking to upgrade your kitchen, it's a good idea to go brighter and whiter. Here are a few ways easy ways you can do that (or hire a professional like HSA Handyman Services to do it for you).
Raise the Roof
Yes, this would be expensive to do. However, if you are already repairing a roof on an old house it may be a good idea to throw a little extra money at the project and create cathedral, coffered, or just higher ceilings. Higher ceilings allow more light into the room, which in turn makes it brighter.
If you truly want to go white and bright, then consider painting. This means everything, the walls, baseboards, trim, chairs, tables, and frames. It's best to paint all your trim and baseboards white, and consider painting dark wood floors, and ceilings beams white. However. For accent pieces, choose neutral colors such as grays, light browns, creams, and other earth tones.
This means reflective light colored back splashes, polished tile floors, and mirrors wherever possible. Nothing makes a light colored material brighter than shine which reflects more light to help make the room appear brighter and whiter.
This is probably stating the obvious, but it can't hurt to drive home how much light does to brighten and whiten a space. Use lighter, sheerer fabric for your curtains, and add extra lights wherever you can. Pendants and wall lamps can bring more light, while also adding extra architectural detail. Consider the bulbs that you buy carefully because this can make a difference as well. If you like the brightness of the great outdoors, then consider going higher on the Kelvin scale as this will make your light much brighter than your average bulb.
Speaking of extra details, texture does wonders for bringing the whole look together. After a while, so much brightness and whiteness can become bland and maybe jarring to your senses. Consider adding textures such as bead board, textured cushions for your chairs, and glass bowls that are patterned instead of smooth.
Follow these suggestions to help break up what could potentially be seen as a sterile appearance and instead tie everything together to make it white, bright, with pops of color, and architectural appeal sure to be enjoyed for many years to come.