How to Modernize Your Apartment Kitchen


Modern  kitchen with white cabinets, island


Whether you live in an apartment or a house, the kitchen is the heart of every home. It is the place where your family and friends gather around to eat the delicious meals you have prepped, fun conversation is exchanged, and laughter is the main ingredient in the atmosphere. Surely, you would want your kitchen to be as updated as possible, and you can only do that by rearranging and redesigning it from time to time. If you are stumped at the countless ideas you see online, no worries, we are here to help.


Implement a seating area

As we mentioned before, your kitchen is the busiest room in your home. Whether you've invited a few friends over or your entire family for dinner, giving people a place to sit is essential. Now, modernized kitchens embrace this by giving people a place to sit around the kitchen. You can do so by adding a few chairs to your kitchen island or even a cute compact bench near the windows. This will not only give your kitchen a whole new look, but it will also keep the cook entertained while people exchange small talk.


Redesign your kitchen metals

Like everything else, some materials used to design kitchens will get outdated after some time. You may have noticed that nowadays, modernized kitchens use metals such as stainless steel, matte aluminum, copper, etc. To design a fully functional kitchen, you must think of details like this that will not only make your kitchen more practical but give it a whole new look too. So when you're scheduling a date to redesign your kitchen, make sure to switch out its old metals for the modern ones we suggested; you won't regret it.


Add fun decorations

While many modern kitchens nowadays are mainly monochrome, that doesn't mean they don't need a pop of color to give them a more fun look. Some decoration ideas you can implement in your kitchen could be adding a glass centerpiece full of lemons or a vase of fresh flowers for your kitchen island. You can also have built-in display shelves that showcase heirloom sets of dishes and some of your cookbooks. Let's not also forget that having plants around the house is not only important for health reasons, but they look great too. So you can even add some plants around your kitchen where you feel they'd look best.


Redesign your kitchen's lighting

Good lighting is important not just for aesthetic purposes but also for safety and versatility, especially in the kitchen where the cooking happens with sharp utensils around. Installing pendant lighting over your kitchen island is an excellent place to start, along with cabinet lights for your countertops. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also install a dimmer switch that can work great while you're cooking or entertaining your guests. Another great way you can embrace your kitchen's lighting is by using a window vacuum to thoroughly clean your windows and let the natural light in.


Paint the cabinets

Whether you don't want to get new cabinets for budget reasons or like the ones you have but want to switch things up a bit, painting your cabinets is another great way to modernize your kitchen. You can stain outdated wood or paint the cabinets in a more "light on the eyes" color such as mint green, or if you're the bold type, you can pick a dark blue. Whatever color you choose, after you're finished, you'll be surprised how a little DIY project turned your whole kitchen into a brand new one.


Remove the upper cabinet doors

Many modern kitchens don't have walls of upper cabinetry because it may make the kitchen look crowded. If you don't have much space to grow your kitchen outwards, consider removing the upper cabinet doors altogether. This will allow for more open space while making your kitchen look bigger and better. After removing the doors, you can add a few decorative items to give the kitchen a little extra color. Plus, if you ever change your mind, you can always just easily re-attach the cabinet doors, but we have a feeling that you'll like the outcome.


Add energy-efficient designs

We all care about the world we live in, and we want to make sure to lessen our carbon footprint as much as possible. One way we can help that involves our kitchen is by making our kitchen more energy-efficient. For example, swapping out your plumbing fixture for a low-flow faucet will save water and will save you a lot of money at the end of the month.