When we think of a kitchen, we usually think of a set of expensive appliances that share the same room. If those appliances look good – great, if not they at least have to be functional. It is obvious that situation where we have to think about the functionality and the price first, leaves very little room for making our kitchens look as they deserve to. But very little is much more than nothing and there is a number of interesting ways to frugally update your kitchen. Let’s see how.
Change the Way the Kitchen is Lit
Changing the way how some room is lit can have a tremendous impact on that room’s look. And truly, the entire appearance of a kitchen can vastly benefit from simply changing the colour warmth from cold to warm or vice versa. If you are more ambitious, you can always try your luck with layered lighting. Also, even the smallest upgrades like changing the lighting fixtures can score a design point or two.
Paint the Cabinets
There is only so much you can do with the kitchen cabinets without replacing them completely. But, that so much can sometimes be more than enough. If you just, for example, put the cabinets to traditional sandpaper treatment and then put a fresh coat of paint over them, you can completely change the way the kitchen looks and feels in a matter of hours.
Add new Shelves
Another easy DIY project and the one that can be used very effectively to reinforce, or if you like, to break the existing style. These days, shelves can be made out of virtually anything ranging from wooden pallets to old suitcases. Decide the style you want to pursue, find the right material and solve your shelving problem with just a few nails and a hammer.
Install Pull-Out Shelves
While you are there, use the tools you have on disposal to create something that will be both visually pleasing and very practical. Yes, we are talking about pull-out shelves, the greatest ally of all of us who have their cabinets filled with the stuff we can’t reach. The only investment you will have to make will be the shelve rails and glides.
Get New Handles and Pulls
New handles and pulls are small things that can dramatically change the appearance of your cabinets, and it’s safe to say that handles also delve into the practical realm. If combined with the cabinet’s colour and finishing, handles can be that deciding factor that will push your kitchen in whatever style you may choose.
Hang New Drapes
Drapes are not only neat – they can be used to accent the look of a room, too. If used effectively, they can also completely change the way the light spreads throughout that room. Don’t miss a chance to use this powerful design element to your advantage. Keep in mind, though, because of the nature of the kitchen you should opt for some easy to clean fabric.
Equip the Kitchen with New Appliances
You don’t have to buy something too expensive or too fancy. Just think of the appliances as design elements. Even something as small and cheap as a 50s looking toaster can go a long way in strengthening the vintage vibe you are trying to accomplish.
Devil is in the Details
And then there are the details that can either make or break a look of any room – kitchen included. Small things like sconces, hanging copper pots, vases, flower pots, new bosch appliances, rugs, plate racks are not necessary but they give your kitchen a certain amount of personality you should, by all means, nurture. Using tiles for walls, floors, or as parts of cabinetry decoration will bring in diversity and liveliness. You can use different patterns and different finishes – for example, you can achieve an interesting effect if you combine matte finish with the glossy one.
So, these were some of the most affordable and the most practical ways to upgrade your kitchen. We hope that you are going to find something that will inspire you to make your kitchen shine again.