5 Ways to Update Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

Have you got a case of the kitchen blues? Your kitchen is a space you’re in almost every day and if it’s not bringing the joy, it’s time to change things up.

But what if you’re not ready for the cost and disruption associated with a full-blown renovation? Not a problem. Our team here at Arlington Home Interiors has five ideas for kitchen improvements that won’t require a remodel. Some of the ideas you can do yourself, others may require some outside help, but the changes will be dramatic. And here’s an extra bonus, these changes can help increase the value of your home.

Roll up your sleeves and let’s get started!


1.) Lighting:

New lighting fixtures are a great way to add instant style and functionality. Kitchen lighting fashion has evolved over the past 10 years. Suddenly, an out of date kitchen gets an injection of cool with statement island pendants or a focal area over the sink.


Photo: Robert Radifera for Arlington Home Interiors


2.) Painting:

One of the most satisfying (and affordable) refreshes you can make is to repaint your kitchen. We’re not just talking about the walls. Painting your cabinets is a great way to overhaul outdated wood cabinets. Consider freshening things up with a white, pale grey, or a neutral or go with a bolder color like blue for some extra drama.


Photo: June Stanich for Arlington Home Interiors


3.) Hardware:

Replacing your kitchen hardware (knobs, pulls, handles) is a simple and inexpensive way to update your cabinetry. Mark and I recently replaced our decade-old, rounded knobs and handles for a more streamlined style with a brushed nickel finish. Instant satisfaction! Just make sure the new hardware lines up with the current holes in your cabinets unless you plan to fill and paint.


Photo: Bonnie Sen for Arlington Home Interiors


4.) Appliances:

Replacing outdated appliances with stainless steel will make a huge difference. Plus, most new appliances are certified to use less energy.


Photo: Jen Dowell for Arlington Home Interiors


5.) Counters:

If you have laminate counters, consider updating to stylish and durable granite or quartz. This is often recommended for increasing the resale value of your home. New counters also mean a new sink and faucet. So worth it!


Photo: June Stanich for Arlington Home Interiors


Hopefully one or more of these ideas will help you shake the kitchen blues. You can do it!

Let us know if you need any resources to help you get started. And if you need help getting your kitchen ideas flowing, contact us (email: hello@arlingtonhomeinteriors.com) to schedule a consult!


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Principal Designer + CEO | Arlington Home Interiors
Suzanne is a DC-area native who lives in Arlington with her husband Mark, two children, a reclusive cat and a sweet rescue dog. After earning a B.S. in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland, she focused her artistic energies in top creative positions for Britches of Georgetowne and Time-Life Entertainment. WIth the birth of child number two, Suzanne decided it was time for a little self re-invention, so she founded Arlington Home Interiors. Interior design proved to be the perfect outlet for her talents, allowing her to share her love of design with others by creating beautiful living spaces for busy families. Her off-the-clock list of interests is a long one, including; encouraging regular family adventures, exploring new cities, trying new restaurants, browsing art galleries, practicing yoga, and taking long hikes with that previously mentioned sweet dog.

It’s time to love your living space. And we’re here to help! Arlington Home Interiors has been creating casually elegant interiors for modern families in the DC area since 2007. From developing concepts to curating unique selections to managing custom installations, we confidently guide clients through each step of the design process. Contact us and let’s make something beautiful!


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