Allow adequate isle space – a minimum of 4 feet opposite work areas, and 3 feet elsewhere. Allow counter space for work centers: to 42 inches for a mixing center, 12 inches on each side of an island cook top.
Before you commit to a material, consider its suitability for kitchen use and its maintenance needs also plan adequate lighting.
If you want to lighten dark wood, consider stripping and whitewashing it. To paint cabinets, use a gloss or semi-gloss alkyd paint; you may want to embellish them with stenciled or hand-painted designs.
Stock molding, applied to plain-front cabinet doors, adds traditional flair. Treat updated cupboards to new hinges, handles and decorative pulls.
For a kitchen that is basically efficient but mired in the decorating doldrums, fresh paint, a cabinet face-lift and an update of design elements guarantee major impact.