Whether a necessity or simply a desire home improvements are quite common. The work completed in certain rooms, such as the kitchen, can actually add to the value of a home. It just so happens that the kitchen is one of the most expensive areas to renovate. Fortunately, a few simple ticks can make it is possible to update your kitchen without spending a fortune.
There are several budget friendly options available that allow you to update your kitchen cabinets.
A simple can of paint can revive, enhance or completely transform the appearance of cabinets.
You can also switch out the wooden doors for glass, or remove them completely for open air storage. Another affordable way to modernize or simply express your style is to replace the hardware with fresh, interesting and unique knobs and handles.
Wall to wall shelving placed above windows can be used to display collectibles, heirlooms or simply provide an additional storage option to free cabinet space. In fact, shelving is an excellent alternative that can allow you to completely eliminate your cabinets. Open shelves create the appearance of more space. Create your own custom shelves by attaching wood to the wall with metal brackets.
The type and style of lights can really date a house. There are several options available that can immediately transform the style and ambience of your kitchen. Kitchen lighting that is bright or harsh can be corrected with the use of dim lighting that can add warmth to your room. Personalize your area by hanging a chandelier, swing-arm sconce or installing pendant lights. Although some lights may need to be installed by an electrician, there are plug in versions available if you have outlets nearby. These lights can make a huge impact minutes and the cords can be hidden from sight. Hidden under the counter LED strips are a great addition to any kitchen and a handy option to showcase and illuminate your counters.
Create a unique and stunning accent to the room with scroll work around a window frame. Paint window frames in unexpected colors can make the view appear like art. An inexpensive and non-permanent way to add a modern touch is by switching out your window coverings. Easily adjust Styles such as Roman shades add instant class and elegance while providing pleasant soft lighting and can be used on glass doors, too.
Walls & Floors
Experiment with back splashes with options of tile in different sizes, colors and patterns. Add an instant focal point by choosing one wall to use as an accent by making it a different color or texture than other walls. Paint the interior kitchen door a bold color.
Wooden floors that have seen better days could be expensive to refinish. As an affordable alternative, floors can be easily updated with a coat of paint and stencil designs add a unique touch.