If you like the basic layout and design of your kitchen, but feel that it doesn't quite reflect your personality, here are a few ways to introduce some of your own individual flair into the room.
Hang wall art
One of the quickest and most effective ways to inject some character into a bland kitchen is to hang art on its walls. If you're fortunate enough to have a relatively spacious kitchen, you might want to consider creating a gallery wall; even the plainest of rooms can be transformed into a beautiful and unique space with a collection of carefully-curated photographs, paintings and prints from a person's favourite artists. When selecting images for the wall, try to make sure that they all work together as a whole, both from a thematic and a tonal perspective. If you love the idea of a gallery wall but your kitchen is on the smaller side, you could simply add small framed prints to the doors of your cabinets.
If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of art that's available online, you can narrow it down by picking a theme; as they'll be in the kitchen, you could opt for food-centred images, such as prints of vintage fruit and vegetable illustrations. Alternatively, if you already have a decorative theme in this room, you may want to go for images that will blend in with the existing decor.
It's important to note that art is more likely to be damaged in the kitchen, as a result of shifting humidity levels, food spillages and drink splashes. As such, it's important to take precautions; don't hang art directly over the kettle or the stove, as the steam might damage it. Additionally, place your images inside glass or plastic frames, to protect them from splatters.
Add bold splashes of your favourite colour
If you're kitchen has quite a rather generic colour scheme, consisting of beige, cream or white, you might want to introduce one or two splashes your favourite shade around the room. There are lots of ways to do this; however, two of the easiest are to add a new window treatment or a new splashback.
Both of these options require far less commitment, cost and effort than painting the walls, but can have just as dramatic an impact on the space. Because these features are relatively small, you can afford to be a bit bolder with your choice of colour; don't be afraid to go for your favourite neon orange or bright turquoise hue.
Both curtains and kitchen glass splashbacks can be found in a huge variety of colours, so you should be able to find the right shade quite easily. However, if you can't find the right splashback colour, you may be able to paint your existing one; if you decide to do this, it's important to use a heavy-duty, gloss paint which will be durable enough to withstand hot food splashes.