Kitchen Design Ideas on a Budget
The average kitchen remodel costs a staggering $18, 856 — and high-end ones average $54, 909. No bones about it: That's a whole lotta cash.
But you don't need to shell out big bucks to make a big impact in an outdated kitchen. Whether you've lived in your house for years or you just got the keys, here are some easy ways to give it a refresh:
1. Get new handles and pulls.
"Changing out cabinetry hardware is one of the easiest and quickest updates, " says HGTV's Scott McGillivray, author of How to Add Value to Your Home. Look for colorful options or Scott's favorite, a brushed nickel finish. But resist the temptation to get something too personal or cutesy. "I've seen people use hardware that looks like forks and spoons or mini chickens. Those options are fun, but they get old fast, " Scott warns.
2. Consider painting your cabinets.
Kristy Kropat, an interior designer based in San Francisco, recently moved into a new home, but she didn't love the kitchen. A complete overhaul wasn't in the cards (new cabinets are pricey!), so instead, she gave the cabinetry a fresh coat of paint.
The countertop was black, so she picked a light gray for the uppers and lime green for the lower cabinets to brighten things up. "Citrus-like colors — orange, yellow and green — look great in a kitchen, " she says.
Courtesy of Scott McGillivray
3. Swap out (or even remove) cabinet doors.
"Replacing existing doors with glass-paneled ones looks like a major upgrade, " Scott says. Opt for frosted glass, if you feel like your shelves aren't display-worthy.
Or, ditch the doors altogether to create the effect of open shelving. "I've done this in kitchens to create a lighter space, " Scott says. Display your favorite dishes and bowls to add a bit of interest to the room.
4. Paint an accent wall.
Not game to spend hours painting cabinets? Quickly do a single wall instead. "Go darker than you usually would, " says Scott. "If I'm painting a room light gray, I'd add an accent wall that's two shades deeper."