The kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether you live in an open concept flat, a Victorian rowhouse or a rambling old farmstead, your family likely spends a lot of time congregating in the kitchen. Since this is the most–used room in the house, it can be a refreshing and welcome change to give it an update every few years.
While a complete overhaul can cost a small fortune, there are some simple and affordable ways to give your kitchen a fresh new look on a tight budget. Check out these 7 simple ways to update your kitchen.
Update your Kitchen Handles and Pulls – Who knew that such a small detail could completely change the look and feel of your kitchen? It’s true – replacing your kitchen handles and pulls is a great way to give your space a style overhaul without breaking the bank.
Estimated Cost: £30 – £80
Paint your Kitchen Cabinets – Investing in new kitchen cabinets can cost a lot of money, but a few cans of paint can have the same visual effect. A classic wood stain can be attractive, or you can go shabby chic with some pastel chalk paint. The sky is the limit with this one.
Estimated Cost: £50 – £80
Create a Feature Wall – Whether you have a small galley kitchen or a massive culinary space, a feature wall can bring the whole room together. Go as bright or as bold as you dare on one wall in your kitchen and paint the remaining walls a more subdued hue.
Estimated Cost: £30 – £60
Hang New Lights – Changing up the lighting in your kitchen can completely revamp the look and feel of the space, and a new lighting scheme does not have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, you can find new lighting fixtures on sale on resale websites and in liquidation sales. You’ll be amazed by how much of a difference the lighting really makes.
Estimated Cost: £15 – £100
Use Kitchen Appliances as Small Design Pieces – While we normally keep our appliances in the cupboards, you can make them the central design focus of your room. A cool retro mixer, toaster and blender can become the showstoppers around which you design your kitchen’s décor, giving it a sweet ‘50s throwback look
Estimated Cost: £50 – £200
Update your Kitchen Flooring – Affordable flooring options are becoming more and more popular, with linoleum, laminate, and tiles all available at inexpensive rates. Some people are even experimenting with painting their wooden floors, or tiling with pennies and other offbeat materials. Check out Pinterest for more ideas! If you install the flooring yourself, you can save even more money.
Estimated Cost: £100+
Hang New Wall Features – Who says your kitchen can’t be a work of art? By hanging new artwork, mirrors, textiles and window treatments, you can completely change the décor of your kitchen. Frame your kids’ masterpieces, buy a jumble of antique landscapes at a charity shop, get some used mirrors or frame art gallery posters – new wall features are inexpensive and can be a lot of fun.
Estimated Cost: £20 – £50
Give one of these seven ideas a try today. Your kitchen and bank account will thank you for it!