Craftsman homes are timeless, but that doesn't mean that you have to live with ghosts of design past. Luckily, it only takes a few simple upgrades to bring your vintage digs into the present. And the heart of your humble abode, the kitchen, is a great place to let the makeover magic begin. Here are eight piece-of-cake ways to give your Craftsman kitchen a beautifully modern redux.
1. Freshen things up with white.
A white kitchen is the dream for many of us, right? It's also a lot easier to achieve than you might imagine. No, you don't have to gut everything and start from scratch. Instead, spend your money where it matters and make small improvements. Refresh walls and cabinets with white paint. Swap blah window treatments for sheer ivory panels that let in tons of natural light.
2. Install a tile backsplash.
3. Add unexpected touches.
4. Consider a two-tone paint job.
5. Incorporate homey accessories.
6. Showcase patterned flooring.
7. Pick a monochromatic palette.
8. Feature lots of wood.
Wood is earthy and warm. It can also be a bit heavy, especially if used too liberally (without introducing elements to strike a balance). The solution? Whitewashed upper cabinets offset the richness of the cherry stain in this contemporary, country-inspired Craftsman kitchen by Naomi from Design Manifest.