Magnolia Makeover: Tips for a Modern Kitchen

We love HGTV’s Fixer Upper for so many reasons, especially for the inspiration that comes from watching Chip and Joanna renovate the homes. The La Pequeña Colina house, which was featured in Episode 5 of this season, introduced us to “Moditerranean” style, a combination of Mediterranean and modern. If you haven’t checked it out already, be sure to visit Joanna’s blog where she shares her thoughts on each renovation.

For this project, Joanna shared her thoughts on designing the kitchen. Here are four tips you can incorporate in your home:

 

Create Architectural Details: “Houses don’t always come with original charm, like arched doorways and original tile patterns, so sometimes you have to get creative when trying to make a remodel look unique and timeless,” writes Joanna.

Joanna used antique partitions that created a dramatic entrance into the kitchen. You could also use a kitchen island that looks like an antique or choose furniture that was inspired by architectural details.

Mix Cabinetry: Because the home mixed modern with Mediterranean style, Joanna chose to mix up the cabinetry, as well, combining modern-style on the lower pieces with more classic cabinets for the uppers. “I was intentional about painting the upper cabinets white, so that the architectural elements in the room could stand out,” she writes. “For this kitchen in particular, if the uppers had been wood as well, then the details, such as the open shelving, partitions, pendant lights, backsplash and beam, would’ve blended in with the rest of the space.”

We love this tip because it encourages us to think outside of styles and colors when designing your kitchen. You could use two different finishes or add furnishings in a different style for a unique or eclectic feel.

 

Put Essentials On Display: Joanna can make the most basic household item look loved simply by showing it off. In this renovation, she hung a modern pot rack to display and organize everyday pots and pans. “This saves the homeowner from having to look through a cramped cabinet or drawer, while also bringing the character and patina of their collection to this wall,” Joanna writes.

When choosing accent pieces for your kitchen, survey what you have in your cabinets. Or select new pieces that not only serve a function but are beautiful as well.

Finishing Touches: Sometimes the small things make all the difference, and in this renovation, Joanna introduced modern details with black metal pulls that feel minimal. “Even though hardware seems like a small detail, it’s actually an important element that has the ability to pull the overall design of a room together,” she says.

Give your kitchen a 10-minute makeover by changing out the hardware or fixtures. A small detail can make a big difference.


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