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So add those magnetic wall-mounted knife blocks and hanging pot holders.
Or use organization tools to make your cabinet storage smarter.
You might not have the chic, all-natural, floating open shelving you dream of just yet, but you can fake the look by strategically removing the doors on a few of your upper cabinets.
(If you rent, just remember to keep track of the changes you make if you'll be responsible for putting things back when you move out.) I once lived in an apartment with these metal cabinets with metal handles that had all been painted over with the same boring paint color, but one day I removed the handles, took the paint off, and had a whole new kitchen look!
If you have a window, it'll help spread the light around.
If you don't have a window, it'll be even more vital for reflecting what light you do have.
Use contact paper or vinyl to create designs and patterns on your tired cabinets or make them look like a whole new different solid color with a larger piece of contact paper.
Just make sure you'll be able to remove whatever product you use without damaging the cabinet material.
Alternatively, simply give your cabinetry a quick refresh with a few coats of paint.
Both of these ideas are a lot cheaper and less hassle than replacing the entire kitchen.
If your cupboards are a bit dated, in terms of style and or colour, why not consider just replacing the doors if the framework is still in good shape?