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by Staff
Trying to dress up your kitchen décor but aren't sure where to start? Take the quiz to test your knowledge about kitchen decorating.

When you're on a budget, the array of kitchen décor choices can seem overwhelming. What's one way to focus yourself?

  • choose a professional interior designer
  • choose a décor style
  • choose a new kitchen color

What's the first thing to do when picking the décor style that will inform your decorating project?

  • select a style that lends itself to frugality
  • read magazines to find out what's hot and what's not
  • consider your own personality

Why is it important to consider the limitations of your kitchen space when you're decorating on a budget?

  • Blowing out walls may blow the budget.
  • Standard dimensions on new cabinets are different from standard dimensions on older-style cabinets.
  • Putting in new windows will almost certainly destabilize load-bearing walls.

One popular décor style for kitchens is the cottage style. What's it characterized by?

  • weathered finishes, beadboard and colors from the garden
  • heavy, dark, well-made furnishings and handwoven rugs
  • mid-century wood textures and low, clean lines

The Art Deco and Arts and Crafts styles differ in which major way?

  • The Arts and Crafts movement uses modern industrial production techniques, while the Art Deco style is more handcrafted.
  • The Art Deco movement uses modern industrial production techniques, while the Arts and Crafts style is more handcrafted.
  • The Arts and Crafts movement is a national extension of Victorian-era style, while Art Deco rejects the ornamentation of the Victorian era.

Contemporary style differs from Modern design in which major way?

  • Modern design is a subset of Contemporary design and refers only to work created between the 1940s and '50s.
  • Modern design uses tone-on-tone colors; Contemporary design favors stark whites.
  • Contemporary style is softer than Modern style, with more tone-on-tone elements than the stark whites of Modern design.

Is Country Kitchen décor an American take on the classic French Country décor style?

  • Sort of. French Provincial is a substyle of general County Kitchen décor.
  • No. French Country design features Louis XIV and Louis XV period pieces, while Country Kitchen décor showcases eclectic regional elements.
  • Yes. Country Kitchen and French Provincial style are synonymous.

What's one great way to save money on a kitchen decorating project?

  • reface, refinish or replace your existing kitchen cabinet doors
  • invest in high-quality, new kitchen cabinets that will last a lifetime
  • wrap your kitchen cabinet doors in seagrass or other natural-fiber fabrics

You can customize your kitchen cabinets without spending a fortune by doing what?

  • applying faux-stone for a medieval or gnomish look
  • adding custom molding or glass inserts to your existing cabinet doors
  • decorating them with photographs and decals

One of the cheapest, easiest ways to transform a space is to transform its ________________.

  • ergonomic function
  • style
  • color

A lot of research has been done on the effects of color on mood. According to Psychology Today, blues are more ______________, while reds are more ______________.

  • calming, energizing
  • subtle, dramatic
  • cold, hostile

Different décor styles feature different color palettes. Mediterranean style, for instance, takes its color palette from _________________.

  • the sea and sky
  • the browns and golds of rough, inhospitable terrain
  • the natural fibers woven from native grasses

Colors in the Country decorating style often feature ____________________.

  • bright glossy finishes
  • animal inspired textures
  • milk-paint finishes

No matter how well-dressed your kitchen is, it will never look its best if it's what?

  • cluttered
  • dark or dank
  • pasted with refrigerator art

In kitchens, there's often a lot of wasted space ________________.

  • on top of the refrigerator
  • in the back of the cabinets
  • in the pantry

What's one great way to organize pantry shelves?

  • stacking like items on top of each other
  • placing tall items on lower shelves and short items on higher shelves
  • using tiered cabinet organizers

Pots and pans take up a ton of space. Pulling them out of the cabinets and hanging them from walls or ceilings is ________________

  • a great way to free up space
  • a surefire way to clutter up your kitchen
  • something that should only be considered if your cookware is of professional quality

Which is the most appropriate type of lighting for a kitchen?

  • decorative
  • ambient
  • both of the above