Are you stuck in a kitchen rut? Or are you trying to figure out ways to make your kitchen unique?

For many, the kitchen is the center of the household. It’s where you prepare meals together or meet up to hang out and spend time together.

Staring at the same kitchen space can get boring after a while. But, that doesn’t mean it has to stay boring!

Feel like you’re digging for new ideas? There are lots of large and small options to upgrade or change up your space to help you feel right at home.

New Kitchen Paint

Though this may not seem like a ground-breaking idea, changing your paint will help give your kitchen a boost!

Maybe you moved into your home recently but didn’t think much about the kitchen colors. Or, maybe you moved into your home decades ago and settled into your surroundings. Or, maybe you’ve been busy but want to shake things up.

One of the easiest ways to transform a space is to add a fresh coat of paint. You can do this in several ways:

  • Paint your walls a totally new color
  • Paint one wall for an accent color
  • Paint your cabinets a new color
  • Get some wood stain and stain your wood a different shade
  • Paint your kitchen island one color and cabinets another color
  • Paint your light fixtures

You can add all your favorite colors! Unfortunately, this is not a renter-friendly option.

To add a fresh feel to a rented kitchen, add color in other ways. You can bring in small items of your own, like a red toaster, or a green serving board.

Add Tiling

This idea may not seem as obvious as painting your entire kitchen, but it works. Adding tile onto a backsplash is a fun way to change up your area!

Hexagonal and subway tiles are popular right now and make clean up a breeze. Instead of having to scrub your walls after a food fight or baking mishap, you just wipe down the tiles.

To decide where to add your backsplash, think of the most used spots in your kitchen. These are the most likely to get dirty and benefit from a backsplash.

Renters, if you love the look of a backsplash, but cannot tile your kitchen, look into faux backsplashes online!

Fresh Lighting

Adding new light anywhere transforms the space, especially in your kitchen. The lights set the mood for the room.

You can add overhead light to your bar top, or switch out the kind of light your fixtures are giving off. Look into ways to have a dimmer. This will make going from prep time to quality time simple!

If you’d like softer light, consider getting a light strip that you can run under your hanging cabinets. These lights will illuminate your cooking and give you a warm glow when you’re relaxing afterward.

New lighting is renter-friendly, too! Just be careful with adding and removing any temporary light strips and sconces.

New Countertops

Are you thinking, “I would love to remodel my kitchen, but I’m not sure where to start?” If so, you need to look into countertop replacement!

One of the most modern items is a waterfall island. These centerpieces are a traditional kitchen island but are one piece. Instead of a wood foundation with a separate top piece, these waterfall islands are streamlined marble.

They look like a box of marble with one side missing. They are elegant and sure to have your family and friends amazed. You can choose any color marble to fit your style, too!

You can also change up the marble on your existing bartop and counters.

Nontraditional Floors

Maybe you’re thinking, “I’d love to know how to make my kitchen stand out.” A fun, new way to have a standout kitchen is to have standout flooring!

When someone mentions kitchen tiling, most people picture something similar in their mind. Usually, kitchen floors don’t get a lot of love.

But, if you want to make sure your floors are durable and beautiful, look into wood or stone flooring. Each of these has it’s own unique flair, but can stand up to tough messes!

Or, if you can’t change your floors at the moment, try adding fun rugs in front of the refrigerator, or a soft mat in front of the sink. Not only will you add something new to the room, but your feet will thank you, too!

A Low Profile Ceiling Fan

Low profile fans are some of the most popular home furnishing items right now. They work well in any space and add airflow. This is perfect for your kitchen so your entire home can smell what you’re cooking up!

These fans don’t hang as low as other fans, meaning you have more headspace with all the great benefits of a fan. This also makes them perfect for any size kitchen.

If you live in a smaller home, go for one fan above the island. If you have a larger kitchen, hang two above the island and one above an open entryway.

Low profile fans are also versatile, so you can stick with a traditional look or a modern twist!


Inspiring art doesn’t have to be just for the living or bedroom! You can add art to personalize your space and tie everything together.

Kitchens are one of the most practical rooms in your home. Art adds dimension to a space that can feel utilitarian.

But, you don’t have to stick to food-themed art! You can choose your favorite flowers to liven things up. Or, find maps of your favorite places. Be sure to add a protective layer to any art you hang in your kitchen, too.

Ready to Remodel?

Are you ready to shake things up in your kitchen? Start small and work your way up. You’ll have your dream kitchen ready to use in no time.

Remember, no matter how long you’ve lived in a home, it’s never too late to add the things that make you happy! Who knows, maybe a fresh kitchen will even inspire you to cook more and find a new passion.