Kitchen remodels are notoriously expensive, and you may be loathe to invest that much in a space that’s already functional (if not as pretty as you’d like). However, there are some pretty simple hacks you can do to make your kitchen feel fresher and look more spendy without saving up paychecks for months.
In fact, if you put together a couple ideas from this list, you could easily do a mini-makeover in your kitchen in a weekend. Think creatively, clear away the clutter, and get a classier kitchen ASAP with these 7 ideas.
Replace Dated Lighting
It’s amazing how much a great new chandelier or pendant fixture can change up a kitchen’s whole feel. Not only will you have a brighter (or softer) light (either extreme is terrible in a kitchen, so make sure your wattage is appropriate), but it serves as a focal piece as well.
Chandeliers can work with a wider variety of styles and decor than you might suspect at first, including ultra-modern kitchens.
Swap Your Accessories for Monochrome
White is the easiest color to go monochrome with, as you can mix all sorts of shades together, from butter to cream to bright white, and they will all blend well, as in this kitchen via Thistlewood Farms. Choose simple pieces with interesting shapes, and keep lettering to a minimum to achieve the look of tasteful busyness.
Change Up (Just) Your Cabinets
If you replace the fronts of your cabinets, you might not need to redo a whole kitchen at all, and if you pick something bold, like the red drawer faces above, your kitchen will look both more interesting and more luxe at the same time.
Add Color and Style with Trays
You can bring color and pattern into a blah kitchen by lining trays against the backsplashes (or using temporary 3M hooks to give them a place to lean on a plain wall). And of course, you can always paint a wall and add trays that are more about shape than color to add interest, like those above.
Freshen Your Floors with a Colorful Rug
Unless you have a very, very busy and messy kitchen, there’s no reason an oriental rug can’t class up this room as it does others.
If you aren’t into a vintage-style rug, this option from FLOR, using rug tiles that you can adjust to your exact size specifications, would be ideal for a tight spot or oddly shaped area.
Art: Go Large
Fine art has become a popular kitchen trend, but multiple pieces and a collection of frames don’t run cheap. For greater drama and impact, choose one large piece of art—it will transform the room, whether you go with pop art, an impressionist painting, or a giant portrait.
Paint Your Cabinet Interiors
This tactic is ideal for cabinets with glass fronts or no fronts (you could consider removing your cabinet fronts and painting the interiors if you want a new look for a very low cost and just a bit of labor).
Painting cabinet interiors is fresh, pretty, and highlights whatever shapes are placed in front of the color, so get creative with some of the shelves’ contents for dramatic effect.