Even in the tightest of financial times, there are some things that are relatively easy on the pocketbook that homeowners can do to give their kitchens a revived look.
You don’t have to replace flooring or cabinets to make your kitchen smile again. Here are some frugal, but fantastic ways to give your kitchen that expensive-looking glow:
- Go for a color change – A simple change in paint color is a sure-fire way to brighten things up. “Happy” colors like yellow or cream not only lift the mood in a kitchen but can also make space look larger. If you’re really wanting a big impact, repaint the cupboards as well as the walls. Lighter color paint is great for hiding imperfections as well.
- Replace hardware – Do you know those old knobs and door pulls you’ve had on your drawers and cupboard doors for decades? Replacing them will instantly make older look newer; and with a great choice in hardware today, you can create a more traditional or a more whimsical feeling.
- A new lease on light – Light fixtures can get tired too. You might consider a chandelier. They’re not made just for dining rooms anymore. A unique light fixture will go a long way to giving your kitchen a very unique look – a testament to your personality.
- Dress is up with art – If you’re creative, hanging your own artwork in your kitchen will give it an added dimension of being your personal space. If not, there are a number of available pieces on the market. Maybe you have a creative family member or friend whose artwork you’d like to showcase. Be daring and go big and bold! The kitchen is a terrific spot for that.
- Swap accessories – Replace that fruit bowl with a large ginger jar or trade-in those old canisters for new glass jars or go the other way – trade in your glass jars for retro canisters. Use your imagination. Everything doesn’t have to match. Make it an unusual, eclectic space.
- Hang simple shelves – In addition to giving you added storage space, simple shelving on walls will give your kitchen a perfect place to highlight items you want people to see – like a special collection you’ve been amassing for awhile. Rustic shelves on simple metal brackets will do the trick. They’re inexpensive and easy to install.