You might hate the way your kitchen looks. The colors do not match, the styles are outdated, or some surfaces may be worn out. Looking at it makes you want to rip everything out and replace it; but a renovation of that scale is out of your budget.
There are some compromises to consider for updating the look within the budget available. If the layout of the cabinets and appliances work well for you and things are in good working order you may only have to make surface changes to give your kitchen a fresh look that pleases you. Here are 8 changes you can make to the look and feel of your kitchen listed in order from least to most expensive.
The simplest updates to your kitchen are in replacing the finishing fixtures. There is a lot to be said for the little things. Mismatched, worn out, and outdated hardware around the kitchen can impact the look and feel of the space more than you might think. The best part is these are the easiest and least expensive things to change in your kitchen.
The kitchen faucet sits above your sink and counter, standing out in the view of the kitchen. The color, style and condition of the faucet can easily catch the eye for better or worse.
Do the cabinet pulls match the appliances and other hardware in the kitchen? Do they function well and provide a beautiful accent to the cabinets? If the answer to these questions is no it may be time to replace them.
We do not often think about switches, outlets, and cover plates. They are necessary tools and can also become old, worn, or dated. They can be replaced with newer styles and colors that better complement the other accents in the kitchen to make them decorative elements as well as functional pieces of the kitchen.
Let us not forget the window dressings. Are the blinds old and dirty? Are the curtains the wrong color or blocking out too much natural light? Is the mounting hardware clunky looking and unsightly? New blinds, curtains or a valance can brighten the space and do a lot to beautify a kitchen.
Add Or Replace the Lights
Lighting plays a big part in the look and feel of any room. Replacing lighting in your kitchen is also much less expensive than a full remodel to improve the look of your kitchen. First check the color and wattage of your bulbs. The brightness and tone of the lights makes a substantial difference in the look and feel of any room. Changing the bulbs may be all that is needed.