Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pantone’s Color of 2011: Honeysuckle

Pantone is calling its 2011 redish-pink color pick courageous, confident and vital. “A brave new color, for a brave new world,” according to a press release. “Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing ‘everyday’ about it.”

The dynamic color will bring a pop of color to interior spaces – from pillows and accessories to small appliances or even Honeysuckle walls. Be inspired!

Easy Kitchen Spiff-Ups Even You Can Do!

Updating a drab, tired kitchen doesn’t need to take a huge chunk out of your wallet. Simple changes can make a huge impact! And since January is all about lists, here is my top 10 for getting the biggest bang in your kitchen with minimal effort – and in some instances, expense.

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1. Paint
No question, paint is the best way to make an easy and inexpensive update to your kitchen. Whether it’s the walls or cabinets, a little paint can go a long way!

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2. De-clutter
There’s never a better time than in the new year to clean and reorganize your house. Go through all of your cabinets and get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past five to 10 years. De-cluttering your home also de-clutters your mind!
3. Reorganize
Once you’ve de-cluttered, use the opportunity to reorganize the space. Adding roll-out cabinet drawers in your cabinets will make finding pots and pans and those pantry essentials that usually get lost in the back, much easier to find!
4. Countertops
Stained or outdated countertops can spoil the entire look of a kitchen. F
or a low cost replacement, there are hundreds of laminates available and Christine knows how to install them with an undermounted sink. Stone counters really jazz up a kitchen, but if you plan on replacing the cabinets in the future, wait until you are at that point since the cost can be fairly high. 

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5. Cabinet Hardware
It’s surprising how such a small, simple update like new hardware can make a difference. Cabinet pulls and handles are available in a variety of different designs, shapes, colors, sizes, and textures.
6. Floors
Nothing can make a kitchen look dirtier or more outdated than a bad kitchen floor. Replacing it doesn't have to be an expensive or even time-consuming project. There are so many options at every price point – from laminate to tile to hardwood. 

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7. Light Features
Replacing outdated or adding light features not only gets rid of an eyesore, but also adds more light!

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8. Sink and Faucet  
Undermounted sinks, which sit beneath the counter, make wiping down the counter much easier. But if you can't afford to replace the whole sink, consider replacing the faucet. With so many different shapes, sizes and finishes, it’s fun to find one that fits your style and function!

9. Backsplashes
Backsplashes can be often unused and ignored, but this is where you can have fun! Add color by tiling it or painting it. Make it functional by adding railings, which come with shelves, hooks that can hold utensils, spices or cookbooks. 

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10. Accessorize
As fashion stylists say, it all comes down to the details. Changing draperies and fabrics on chairs, adding floor rugs, updating small appliances and adding small accessorizes, etc., can create eye candy and distract from other outdated pieces that can’t be updated immediately.

1 comment:

Meghan said...

I love Apartment Therapy! And I absolutely LOVE honeysuckle - super easy to integrate into your closet with these color finds: