Featured Image: Flash White 5 x 5 Ceramic Tile Kitchen Backsplash & Citrine Quartz Kitchen Island Countertop from Arizona Tile
When it comes to home renovations, typically the kitchen and the bathrooms are the go-to spots for wanting a rejuvenated look. These rooms always provide the most bang for your buck when it comes to increasing your home’s value. Whether you are looking to sell and want to enhance your home’s appeal, or if you are wanting to renovate a kitchen for your own enjoyment, you can express your style, personality, and creativity even if you are working to renovate a kitchen on a tight budget.
With some helpful tips and areas to focus on, it can be easy to renovate a kitchen on a budget—giving your space the attention it needs to become a beautiful focal point.
Where to Begin…
A kitchen remodel does not mean any-one-thing. It can mean a massive overhaul—new design, new cabinetry, new appliances—or a simple change in wall color and some new décor. If you are working on a conservative budget, refreshing the surface areas may give you all the love you need for your kitchen to feel complete. A great starting point for a budget-friendly kitchen remodel is the backsplash.
The backsplash in your kitchen is certainly a focal area, but it is up to your design senses as to the attention it receives. Often, a backsplash is selected with more permanency in mind, instead of something that can be changed every few years with shifting trends, like paint. If you like versatility, opt for a lighter colored, modestly patterned backsplash that will flow seamlessly should an occasional shift in décor occur when the mood strikes.
Image: CS-Calacatta Gris Honed Lotus Mesh Marble Kitchen Wall Tile & Silver Stallion Quartz Countertop from Arizona Tile
The Flash series is a ceramic wall tile that has a gentle texture and a soft glaze. Available in eight colors, the Flash series offers elements of beauty, sophistication, and versatility that pairs well with any design.
Clean, true, elegant… Calacatta Umber (white with gold tones) and CS-Bianco Venatino (white with grey tones) are what you dream of seeing when you think of marble. As a backsplash (or floor, or wall…), your space will feel timeless and elegant.
Image: Arabescato Como Quartz Kitchen Countertop & CS-Sky Blue Honed Lotus Marble Tile Kitchen Backsplash from Arizona Tile
Pattern In Your Kitchen
Trying to budget for a kitchen renovation may not be the easiest task and you may choose to express your dedication to the design by using patterns. Some people prefer soft neutrality, while others prefer patterned statements. After all, it is your design preference. If we are still thinking about the backsplash, this is a great place to add a pattern. Patterned tile, like Cementine Retro, provides a strong visual impact that would pair nicely with solid countertops or in conjunction with a versatile tile like the Concerto series. In the Concerto porcelain series you will find an array of neutral, smoky hues that pair well with other styles.
Being mindful of your countertops and how they will pair with any backsplash is paramount. Typically, if one is patterned, the other should not be. Silver Stallion is a cool white quartz countertop that has subtle veining throughout. The visual interest of this elegant countertop could match well with a pattern you desire.
Image: Cementine Retro 1 Patterned Porcelain Floor Tile & Concerto White Glossy Porcelain Backsplash Tile from Arizona Tile
Patterned Floor Tile
If replacing your kitchen floor is part of your renovation budget, this is another option where patterned tile would work well, especially if your kitchen is all-around neutral and in need of pizazz. Adding patterned tile that is surrounded by a neutral tile so there is added emphasis in certain areas— such as installing patterned tile instead of a throw rug in front of the sink or under the kitchen table—is a fun way to add some visual interest.
Don’t Underestimate Paint
Paint alters any space regardless of if it is the same color being refreshed or a whole new hue. Learning how to budget for a kitchen renovation may seem intimidating, but there are ways to save money. Installing new cabinetry would significantly raise your budget, so if they are in good condition, resurfacing or painting them could be a viable option. Painting cabinets and replacing their hardware would significantly enhance their appearance, especially if they are outdated, and will largely contribute to the overall value of your kitchen.
Image: Black Mist Honed Granite Kitchen Countertop & CS-Bianco Venatino Honed Herringbone Marble Mesh 1 x 4 Kitchen Backsplash Tile from Arizona Tile
Just as you do not want the countertop and backsplash to clash, it is the same for the countertops and the cabinets. Black Mist Honed is a classic, deep-colored granite countertop that pairs i beautifully with white cabinets. If you have a dark countertop, painting cabinetry light and bright would be very eye-catching. On the flip side, with a countertop more in line with the neutrality of Citrine, you can dare to go darker or bolder with cabinet color (though you do not have to… light and light also goes great together to keep the space feeling open and inviting).
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To view full product information on our tile and stone, and even to find inspiration; visit any Arizona Tile store to see the amazing products in person and to talk to our professional, knowledgeable staff. Check out your favorite products in your space and enhance your design ideas, with the Just Imagine tile and slab visualizer. As always, if you have any questions, send them our way and we’ll be happy to answer them!