Giving your kitchen a new look doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are a few quick tips for a budget-friendly makeover
Paint Kitchen Cabinets
Give dated cabinets a sunny new look with a fresh coat of paint. Choose a bold color for a kitchen that really cooks! As long as the frames and doors are structurally sound, you can clean them up and brush on a fresh coat of paint-within a weekend you can take that kitchen from dreary to radiant!
Update Your Lighting
Try adding new industrial style pendants and maybe some can lights to your kitchen. You can also put dimmers on every light switch to enhance your lighting options. Industrial lighting makes a trendy statement especially when contrasted with granite and traditional style cabinetry. Exclusive designer tip, opt for oversized lighting….scale is important.
Make food storage stylish with trendy numbered bins and natural baskets filled with similar items. For example, fill one basket with dry goods for baking so you can round up brownie, cookie or cake ingredients in a snap.
Bar stools added to a kitchen island can create a casual spot for savoring a quick bite! Make sure to purchase the correct size, they come in either bar or counter height. If you already have stools, recover the seats in a fun fabric to add a little pizazz. Natural hide or embossed leather are unique ways to make a bold statement.
And finally, one of my favorite additions to any space but also one of the easiest, buy yourself a gorgeous bouquet. Fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit go a long way toward brightening up any space, but especially the kitchen. This inexpensive fix only takes a few minutes and can make any day feel like a special occasion! I love gifting my clients with an arrangement when we shoot our professional room photos!
Changing the panels in cabinet doors redefines the look and feel of your kitchen. Decorative glass takes stock cabinets and gives them a custom look. There are limitless choices in glass inserts; contemporary, bubbles, raindrops on water, and antique just to name a few. You can also remove the door altogether and display a dish ware collection or maybe baskets for organized storage. Group similar items, colors or shapes together for a purposeful look.
Knobs and pulls are kitchen jewelry that can dress up cabinets. Note that cabinet hardware can get very expensive, some costing $30 and up for a single ornate knob. However, you’ll get a huge bang for a few bucks by buying 10-packs of simple, contemporary hardware at big box stores for less than $20 (that’s $2/knob).
Bring the Outdoors Inside
By replacing a solid exterior door with a single french door, you can make the space feel larger and add natural light. New blinds can really spruce up a space, but think twice about the type of treatment you hang on windows above the sink area. You want to consider the splash zone that your sink could cause on any treatment that you hang. Options that fit inside the window are tweaks to enable you to dress up your window without ruining the material, roman shades are a perfect option.
Swapping kitchen accessories in and out, such as dishtowels and counter-worthy accessories, is another simple and effective way to change the color and feel of a kitchen with minimal cost. Place a rug in front of your sink and add new colorful small appliances. Kitchen-Aid has some beautifully bright mixers and toasters, think of them as jewelry!