The spring months are the ideal time for a fresh start, and this is especially true if you’re considering a kitchen remodel or even if you simply want to breathe new life into your existing space. A kitchen that feels worn-out, outdated or just plain gloomy can certainly have an effect on the way you and your family spend time in it. If you’re feeling stuck with a kitchen you just don’t love, these are 4 ways you can liven up your kitchen this spring.

1.    Use Bright Colors

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The color yellow is a springtime staple and for good reason. One of the quickest and most effective ways to brighten up a dull room is by adding a splash of yellow, whether that’s in bright, sunshine tones, pale and lemon yellows or a more subdued and deeper mustard hue. Adding yellow to your kitchen can make your kitchen remind you of a sunny day. You can opt to paint the walls, your cabinets or to simply add in bright accents and decorations such as curtains, placemats, or cups. If yellow isn’t quite your color you can also achieve a similar bright, spring effect using greens especially mint and blue-green shades, light blues or even soft pinks and coral colors.

2.    Utilize Timeless Design Pieces

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One of the best ways to transform your kitchen into a space that feels more open and bright is to look to some timeless design pieces and trends for inspiration. For example, white is an easy color to utilize and it can make your kitchen seem more elegant, clean and timeless especially when it’s paired with glass and stainless steel appliances and decorations. Wood is another classic element in kitchen design that also pairs well with white surfaces so don’t be afraid to mix the two. In order to avoid making your kitchen seem too sterile, make sure to add a few pops of color as accents around the room.

3.    Stylize Your Kitchen Cabinets

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The best cabinets are both practical and stylish. The right type of cabinet can elevate the look of your kitchen while choosing the wrong cabinets for your style and taste can spell disaster. This is something that is very important to keep in mind regardless of whether you’re re-doing your old cabinets or installing a brand new cabinetry. They’re a crucial aspect of both the visuals and functionality of your kitchen.

When you’re choosing a new look for your cabinets, you’ll want to make sure you’re picking a style and color that meshes well with your overall kitchen theme and that it doesn’t clash with any existing elements.

Choose a cabinet that will enhance the look of your kitchen without sacrificing functionality as your cabinets also need to have enough space to store all of your kitchenware while still remaining organized. Consider incorporating integrated drawers or adjustable shelving racks in order to get the most use out of your cabinets.

4.    Use Open Shelving

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One great way to combine the look and function of your cabinetry is by using open shelving. Open shelves create the look of a modern and relaxed kitchen while also providing great storage options and easy access to your belongings. Open shelving makes it easier for you to see exactly what you have and organize accordingly. As a bonus, you can also display your favorite items to serve a double function as décor. Another added bonus of open shelves is that they can make even a tiny kitchen feel bigger and more open.