Often, the kitchen is the hub of your home, especially if it houses the dining table or you have an open-concept floor plan. It’s not just the space where you store your food and make your meals; it’s the heart of your home, where your family comes together to cook, eat, and interact socially. So naturally you want this space to be warm and inviting. On a practical level, you have to maintain a measure of sterility and you need adequate lighting for the purposes of safe food preparation. But there are certainly steps you can take to engineer a space that offers both utility and style. And you don’t have to break the bank to keep your kitchen looking fresh and new. Here are some budget-friendly updates that will help make your kitchen modern and appealing.
- Paint. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to update any space in your home is by choosing a new paint color. Not only is it relatively inexpensive to repaint a single room in your home, especially if you purchase an all-in-one (primer and paint) product, but it requires little to no expertise to pick up a brush or roller and slap on a new hue. With simple online tutorials you can even avoid issues like splatter and uneven lines – all you need are a few tips to paint like a pro. And when you update paint every couple of years, you’ll always have the trendiest colors on your walls.
- Refresh cabinets. Like paint colors, cabinetry can go in and out of fashion. The oak cabinets and ornate details that were popular in decades past, for example, have been replaced by slick laminates and simple design. And there are always trends to explore. Lately, dual-colored cabinetry is in, with designers mixing and matching light and dark wood tones, as well as light and dark paint colors (like white for upper and gray for lower cabinets). And you can save some money by painting or staining your current cabinets or simply refacing or replacing doors on instead of ripping out the entire framework.
- Replace fixtures. Many homes are built with practical but ugly fluorescent light boxes in the kitchen. At your earliest convenience, find a way to pull down this lighting tragedy and replace it with LED track lighting, recessed cans, and perhaps even pendants hanging over the bar or island. You can have the level of illumination you need without succumbing to fluorescence. And think about upgrading faucet fixtures, as well. This simple swap can change the feel of your kitchen.
- Install a tile backsplash. You might not be keen to replace the kitchen tile with granite, but you can update your aesthetic by adding a tile backsplash. The best part is that it needn’t match your current countertops, so long as it is complementary. So tour a local dealer facility like Garden State Tile to peruse the goods and find the backsplash material that will modernize your kitchen.
- Explore new decor. Of all the rooms in your home, your kitchen probably benefits the least from decor. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to feature trending color palettes and implement cosmetic upgrades. Once you’ve painted, think about replacing curtains, dish towels, oven mitts, and other accessories to update your design. You could even spring for new, matching panels for appliances rather than spending thousands to replace perfectly good equipment.