5 Inexpensive Ways to Elevate Your Kitchen Design

5 Inexpensive Ways to Elevate Your Kitchen Design

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It’s no secret that a well-designed kitchen can add value to your home. That’s why minor kitchen remodels ranked third on the list of home upgrades with the best payback last year. It resulted in a whopping 72.7% ROI. So, consider making some relatively inexpensive changes if you’re looking to boost your home’s value – or simply want to make your kitchen more enjoyable to spend time in.

Here are five ways to elevate your kitchen design on a budget:

1. Paint your cabinets and walls a new color

A new coat of paint can change the whole look of your kitchen. If you don’t want to paint your entire kitchen, you could just paint your cabinets to create focal points. This should be enough to give your kitchen an updated look without breaking the bank.

Of course, if you want to go the extra mile, you can buy sheet laminates in solid colors to apply to your cabinet doors. This can give your kitchen a high-end look without the high-end price tag, which is the ultimate goal.

You can even use the same material for your walls to create a backsplash if you want. Make sure you use a high-quality adhesive so that the laminate doesn’t peel off over time and leave your walls looking worse than before.

2. Add new hardware to your cabinets or drawer pulls

Another easy and inexpensive way to update your kitchen is to add some new hardware to your cabinets. This can include new knobs, pulls, or handles. You can find these at any hardware store or even some big box stores but ask for sales to get the best deals.

Just make sure to measure your cabinets before you go so you know what size to get. Otherwise, you might end up with hardware that’s too big or too small, which would be a waste of money. You can also do this DIY, so you don’t have to hire a professional.

The critical thing to remember is that new hardware can make a big difference in the overall look of your kitchen. So if your cabinets and drawers are looking a bit dated, this is a great and inexpensive way to update them.

3. Install a new kitchen faucet

A new kitchen faucet is a great way to update your kitchen without spending much money. You can find a wide variety of kitchen faucets to choose from, so you’ll find one that fits your style. Or, if you want to hit two birds with one stone, you can select a water-saving faucet to help lower your monthly water bill.

Installing a new faucet is a relatively easy DIY project, but if you’re not confident in your abilities, you can always ask for help from a friend or hire a professional. Just make sure to turn off the water in your kitchen before you start so you don’t flood your home.

While you’re at it, consider replacing your other plumbing fixtures with water-efficient models. This includes your showerheads, toilets, and even your washing machine if it’s time for a new one. But that’s only if you still have enough room in the budget for them!

4. Change out your kitchen countertops

If you’re looking for a more drastic change, you could always change out your kitchen countertops since this will significantly impact your kitchen. However, it is a more expensive option, so you should save it when you have a little more money to spend.

There are many countertops to choose from, including granite, quartz, soapstone, and even laminate. So, you should be able to find something that fits your style and budget. Just make sure you do your research to know what to expect in terms of pricing and maintenance.

Suppose you go with a granite countertop. In that case, you’ll need to seal it every few years to prevent staining, and you’ll also need to be careful with acidic foods and beverages since they can etch the surface. But aside from that, granite is a beautiful and durable material that will last for many years.

5. Replace your old light fixtures with new ones

Finally, if your kitchen looks a bit dark and dreary, you might want to consider changing your light fixtures. This is an easy way to brighten your space and make it look more modern. Just make sure you choose fixtures that complement the rest of your kitchen’s design.

For example, if you have an industrial-chic design in your kitchen, you might want to look for light fixtures with exposed bulbs. Or, if your kitchen has more of a traditional design, you could go for something with a more classic look, like a chandelier.

And if you want to save some money, you can always buy used light fixtures or even DIY them. Just make sure you know what you’re doing before you attempt to install them yourself because otherwise, you could end up causing an electrical fire.

By following these five tips, you can easily and inexpensively update your kitchen’s design. Who said the home improvement had to be expensive? So if your kitchen needs a makeover, don’t wait any longer. Get started today!


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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