Are you dreaming of a kitchen that looks like a million bucks—but your budget is only a miniscule fraction of that? We can show you how you can get a glamorous high-end look without breaking the bank.
1. Update Your Countertops
Old, damaged countertops can make your entire kitchen look outdated, so you want to make sure yours look clean and fresh, with no peeling, chipping, or broken layers.
Look for beautiful and interesting contertops that suit your personality and lifestyle – and don’t forget that practicality is what matters most when it comes to choosing the perfect countertops. You can find options made out of affordable materials like concrete that can mimic the colors and textures of your favorite marble or granite countertops without the hefty price tag.
2. Try Decorating with Wallpaper
You can’t go wrong with a bit of wallpaper. Just do it right. Wallpaper for a kitchen may seem a bit daunting, but there are quite a few options out there.
Vinyl wallpaper and washable wallpaper are recommended for kitchens because they can be easily cleaned. Just make sure to stay away from wallpaper that is made of fabric or ornately textured, as these can absorb odors, collect dirt, and get messy very quickly.
3. Add Some Accent Lighting
Lighting has an important effect on your mood. Lighting is also a practical necessity in a kitchen when you’re performing detailed tasks. It’s never a good idea to be handling a sharp knife when you can’t see clearly!
The right accent lighting will not only add ambiance and atmosphere to your kitchen when you’re entertaining guests, it can also make your kitchen prep and cleanup much easier. Many upscale kitchens incorporate accent lighting under and above the cabinets, often in pleasing colors like warm yellow or cool blue.
It’s a small touch that can make your otherwise ordinary kitchen look extraordinary!
4. Hang a Wall Display
When you are buying décor to hang on the wall, you might be tempted to choose what’s most expensive and trendy. However, if you want something that's going to last, don't get flashy. The key to a nice, functional wall display is a design that is warm and inviting—and there are several low-cost items that are great for that.
For example, try adding a group of three unique frames (for example, three faux wood frames painted with the leftover paint you used for your kitchen wall). Or try hanging a shelf with lots of hooks that you can use to store your favorite mugs – a practical storage solution that also adds color and a personalized touch to your space.
5. Invest in Energy Efficient Appliances
Cut the cost of your upgrades by swapping out some old appliances for new energy efficient ones. New appliances may cost more upfront, but they will save you money over the long-term, while adding instant luxury to your space.
Some appliances you might want to invest in include refrigerators, dishwashers, and freezers. By reducing your energy consumption, not only will you have a positive impact on the environment, you can reduce how much you spend on your monthly utility bills.
6. Add Some Kitchen Curtains
Keep your kitchen looking bright and airy with quality curtains. There are several types of kitchen curtains that can quickly and inexpensively add design appeal to your space.
The most common type of kitchen curtains are café curtains. These are often made with pleats at the top and are hung from rings with the curtain rod going across the window so that light stream through the top while the lower portion is shaded. This style was inspired by roadside cafés, and that’s how they got their name.
Another type of kitchen curtain you might want to consider are bamboo shades. Not only are they all-natural and easy to maintain, they can make your kitchen feel like a warm beach resort.
7. Add New Cabinets
Brand new cabinets will give your kitchen an instant upgrade that will permeate the space. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a new cabinetry because there are some affordable cabinet options that will still give you the quality you desire.
You don’t have to be a contractor or experienced in DIY to use assembled or ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets for your kitchen. Here at RTA Wood Cabinets, we make it easy with videos and simple follow-along instructions so that you can get high-quality cabinets without paying exorbitant installation fees.
If you’re ready to explore new options for your kitchen, set-up a FREE call with one of our kitchen design experts. We can make sure you have a design that will look like a million bucks, while still keeping within your tight budget. Call us today at: 1-800-788-7575.