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4 Simple Kitchen Makeover Ideas from Professionals

Liven up your kitchen with just a couple of easy steps

Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo)

How many times have you updated the look of your kitchen? Aside from cleaning the tiles and repainting the kitchen cabinets, there's a lot that you can do. Before considering a major renovation project, consider these suggestions from four design professionals.

Read the original articles in the July and August 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living AppLog on to for more details.

Paint your kitchen tiles

Does your kitchen tiles look old and worn out? Try repainting them. “Use an epoxy-based paint. Make sure to remove mildew from the tiles before painting. If the grout is cracked, repair it a week before you paint it.” –Architect Mia Quimpo

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Update your kitchen cabinets

You can create a warm and inviting vibe in the kitchen by choosing the right colors. According to the psychology of color, warm colors like yellow and orange depict happiness. “Go analogous with your color scheme (use three to four colors beside each other in the color wheel) or use lighter shades like green for an accent wall.” –Interior designer Pauline La’O

Install cabinets with rollouts

Try to maximize your small space by using kitchen cabinets with rollouts. “Pullouts, drawers, or cabinets with rollouts are ideal for easy access to everything that is stored. Also, pick tambour or roll-up cabinets for appliances. “ – Interior designer Nadine dela Cruz

Create contrast

Add accents to your kitchen by working with contrasting colors for your fixtures. “There are so many colors and grain patterns of granite slabs to choose from to suit your interior schemes. It’s better to contrast a dark granite slab counter with light colored kitchen cabinets and vise versa.” – Architect Richelle Baria

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