Your kitchen is, without a doubt, one of the most important rooms in your house. It’s where you prepare your food and bond with your family. But almost as importantly, it’s condition is a big part of the determining factor when it comes to the value of your house and your ability to sell it.
As such, keeping your kitchen modernized and sharp looking can be vital to your family, your diet and financial portfolio. But, kitchens can be expensive. A total, true renovation can cost north of $10,000. So, how can you keep your kitchen looking up to date without breaking the bank? Here are a few ideas.
Add a backsplash
Backspalshes – which are added tiles or patterns you can stick or otherwise attach to a wall – are all the rage these days. You can get truly creative with how you add them and which sections you can add them to. When it comes to backspalshes, a little amount makes a big difference, and you can add them to sections of your kitchen in order to really highlight certain areas.
Patterned wallpaper and small rugs
Matching wallpaper and rugs can add a level of brightness to your kitchen and really make otherwise dull surfaces pop. They require a keen eye, as you should make sure that all of the colors complement each other and match in order to truly get the maximum effect.
A fresh coat of paint
Sometimes, all you need to spruce up a kitchen is a new color scheme. Even old, laminate cabinets can be sanded down and painted over to give a kitchen a fresh, modern look. If you are running short of ideas, HGTV has an entire website dedicated to sample kitchen color schemes. Generally speaking, modern color schemes require sharp contrasts: Black and white, green and black, etc. But, of course, it’s your house. Do whatever works for you!
Floating shelves on free wall space
Short on storage space and looking to spruce up your kitchen design? Here’s a way to kill two birds with one stone. Hang floating shelves – simple, sturdy blocks of wood or metal – which you can use in order to add storage space to your kitchen. This simple trick will give you easy access to your kitchen staples while looking sharp.
Check out the thrift stores – and then break out your inner DIY master
Remember, modernity and creativity go hand in hand. Check out garage sales and thrift stores, and see what you can find. From there, if you have a creative spirit and a good hammer, go to town. Find a sharp piece of furniture or cabinetry, spruce it up yourself, and add it to your kitchen. This will make it stand out and help ensure that your kitchen has a unique look which is sure to capture the attention of your friends and fill you with a sense of pride.
Reface or resurface your cabinets
One of the most expensive parts of kitchen renovation can be a total cabinet replacement. If that is out of your price range, no worries. Instead, look at resurfacing your cabinets. This involves replacing all of the doors and surfaces (as opposed to the entire cabinets). This can still get pricey, but it can also give you new decorating options without breaking the bank. Alternatively, get rid of the doors entirely, and go with an open shelf look. Of course, then you have to make sure that whatever is in your cabinets is looking well-sorted and not sloppy, so that can be time consuming and frustrating.
As you can see, there is no shortage of ways you can clear up your kitchen without going deep into debt. Without a doubt, the most important thing here is that your kitchen reflect you, your family, and your personality. This room is too important for you to not be happy with how it looks!