Whether you are a mom of many, or a single person living on your own, your kitchen is bound to be one of the most heavily used rooms in your home. As the heart of the home, it’s the place where you’ll spend most of your time, entertaining and spending time with loved ones. And that’s why it’s so important that this room suits your needs, and your personal design aesthetic.
We know all too well that some kitchen remodels can be just as expensive as a brand-new car. Still, you don’t have to break the bank to give your kitchen a much-needed makeover. Here are 5 affordable ways to update your kitchen’s style.
Install an Eye-Catching Backsplash
You don’t need to rip out all of your neutral-hued kitchen cabinets in order to add color here. Instead, try adding a colorful, tiled backsplash—or even the unique and elegant look of black, as shown above. The main purpose of a backsplash is to project your wall from water damage and to aid in easy cleanup of grease and food-related messes. Because of the wide variety of materials that can be used to construct a backsplash, they’re highly customizable.
Create a Gallery Wall
A gallery wall is a collection of art, pictures, and other decorative items clustered together on a single wall. This method of creating an accent wall is very trendy right now, and it’s the perfect way to infuse your kitchen with a look that is uniquely you. Creating a gallery wall doesn’t have to be costly. With enough creativity, you can collect the perfect art from the most unlikely places. Consider shopping thrift stores for unique and colorful frames and sort through estate sales and antique stores for beautiful plates or trinkets that reflect your vision for the space.
Repaint or Refinish Your Furniture
If a backsplash isn’t an option for you, fear not! Another way to bring some color into your kitchen is to repaint or refinish your furniture. Whether you have a small eat-in table, a baker’s rack, or a buffet, a fresh coat of paint can make any item seem brand-new. Paint is such a versatile tool, and with the right tools and skills, you can create a rustic “shabby chic” look or use stencils to create designs that really reflect who you are and which elements you love the most in your home.
Upgrade Your Cabinets Knobs and Hinges
If you’re on a tight budget, there are still many affordable changes you can make to influence the entire look of your kitchen. The knobs, pulls, and hinges on kitchen cabinets can age your home, especially if it has been some time since they were replaced. Scour your local hardware or craft stores for cabinet fixtures that grab your attention. Since these accessories can be easily replaced—or even spray-painted in a brighter and trendier hue—there’s virtually no risk to trying something brave and fun when making this update.
Add Colorful Textiles
Another budget friendly option for adding some personality to your kitchen is by adding colorful textiles to the space. This can be done with patterned curtains in the windows, bright hand towels hanging from hooks, and a few small rugs placed in high traffic areas such as under a table or in front of the stove and sink.
If your budget allows, consider an upgrade to your existing countertops—especially if they’re outdated or worse for wear. Quartz is a perfect countertop material choice, since it gives the long-lasting durability and sophisticated look of granite or marble, but because it’s man-made, it’s also much more cost effective. Plus, it can be customized to suit any aesthetic preference—including the shimmering or veined effect that you get from natural stone. It’s also non-porous, so it holds up well to stains and is therefore a smart choice for heavy-use rooms like the kitchen.
Quartz is an engineered material not to be confused with quartzite, which is a natural stone. Quartz slab is made of about 93% crushed ground quartz, a naturally-occurring crystal-like mineral, combined with 7% resins to form an extremely hard surface that’s comparable to granite in many ways.
Creating a kitchen that reflects who you are and the things you love the most can be easy, inexpensive, and fun. Whether you are drawn to bright and quirky, dark and sophisticated, or somewhere in between, your kitchen makeover will be so inspiring that you may find yourself wanting to home-cook every meal from now on.
About the Author:
Danielle Hegedus is an Atlanta based writer. She is a regular contributor to the kitchen remodel experts at Modernize Kitchen, as well as a variety of lifestyle and home design websites. Danielle recently finished her first cookbook, in collaboration with Chef, Kamal Grant for Atlanta’s beloved, Sublime Doughnut.