11 Ways to Give Your Kitchen Character

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You have a great kitchen, but it needs a little something something. Perhaps it’s so designed what it’s really missing is you. Something personal, colorful. Well, the folks at Houzz offer a few different ways to give your kitchen the mojo it was missing.

The kitchen is, of course, a functional space whose layout, finishes and appliances tend to get a lot of consideration. But don’t forget to add some character into the mix. The designers of these kitchens used color, pattern and texture to take the personality up a notch.

1. Go Bold With the Backsplash

If you want to add just one area of strong design to your kitchen, the backsplash is a good place to choose. There are plenty of ways you can get creative with the surface behind the countertop, such as by installing patterned tiles.

These flat-panel kitchen cabinets get energized by the wall of fish-scale tiles. The design is bold, but the cool colors complement the pale gray units.

2. Introduce Artwork

When it comes to designing a kitchen, we often focus on practical necessities like storage, appliances and workspace. But once the essentials are in place, think about adding artwork.

A painting, poster or print can completely change the room, transforming it from a functional area into a cozy space. 

If your artwork is directly above the stove, as shown in this kitchen from Arq-A Interiors, choose a protective covering and a frame that can withstand moisture.