What are the must-have basics when decorating your kitchen?
If you have the funds to update your appliances, go for stainless steel, which make the kitchen feel fresh and new. On a budget? Introduce it via smaller appliances, like the toaster, coffeemaker, or blender. When it comes to decorating, remove everything you can from the kitchen counters and walls. Only bring back the things you love (and, by the way, need). Then introduce color. Hang colorful kitchen towels on a new towel bar, or place a cotton throw rug by the sink or kitchen island. For colorful wall decor, spray-paint small picture frames in a bold hue and hang six of your favorite recipes -- or family photos or edgy black-and-white landscapes -- on the wall.
Nestpert Jennifer DeLonge, an interior designer in Los Angeles
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