The kitchen is the heart of your home, but when your kitchen feels outdated, it is hard to enjoy that space. Cooking and cleaning becomes a chore.
Kitchen remodeling can be very expensive, but it is not impossible if you are smart with your budgeting.
Here are some tips on how to refresh your kitchen on a budget.
1. Stick To A Design Aesthetic.
There are several basic kitchen aesthetics, and understanding yours goes a long way toward making design decisions.
Here is a list of a few basic kitchen aesthetics:
A traditional kitchen is classic and timeless. They feature decorative cabinets with moldings, carvings, or other wood embellishments.
Traditional kitchens are known for natural stone countertops. They are often painted with neutral colors, and tile work might be a focal point in these kitchens.
Contemporary kitchens are bold. They feature current design trends and cutting-edge technology.Contemporary kitchens are all about geometric patterns and bold use of color.
They may have unconventional materials like concrete countertops.
A transitional kitchen a balance between a traditional and a contemporary kitchen. These kitchens feature a mix of natural materials and wood, steel, and glass. While the color palette is neutral, this mix of materials creates a lot of texture to provide visual interest. Cabinets typically lack embellishments for a streamlined look.
While the color palette is neutral, this mix of materials creates a lot of texture to provide visual interest. Cabinets typically lack embellishments for a streamlined look.
Once you have selected your design aesthetic, it will be easier to pick materials and paint colors for your kitchen update.
2. Stay Within Your Budget.
Before making any design purchases, determine what your spending budget is.
Using this number, decide which elements of your kitchen you are able to update (cabinets, floor, walls, decor, appliances, etc.). Whatever you do, don’t go over this budget.
Choose what elements of your kitchen need to be updated first. This selection comes down to your preference and the condition of your kitchen.
Some to-do items might not need as much attention as others. For example, if your flooring is falling apart, it might be best to focus on that before starting on refinishing cabinets.
4. Paint What You Can.
A fresh coat of paint can hide outdated cabinets so you don’t have to replace them. White is a trending color in any aesthetic because it is clean, crisp, and fresh. Painting your walls, cabinets, and even countertops can save you a lot of money to refresh your kitchen without making large changes.
Painting your walls, cabinets, and even countertops can save you a lot of money to refresh your kitchen without making large changes.
5. Don’t Overspend On The Backsplash.
A backsplash is a key element of your kitchen, but it should be the most expensive. While tile can be expensive, look for tile options that are more sensible for your budget.
When applying your backsplash, consider limiting the backsplash to the area directly behind your stove instead of continuing over a whole wall or area to save money but maintain impact.
6. Add New Lighting.
Bringing in new lighting and switching out those old bulbs can cast your kitchen in a new light, literally. Wall pendants, under-cabinet lighting, and overhead lighting will help bring in more and better light.
7. Don’t Move Plumbing.
To avoid spending a lot of money on kitchen remodels, don’t move plumbing! Sticking to your existing plumbing will save you big bucks in the long run.
8. Go Bargain Shopping.
You don’t always need the newest and best for your kitchen remodel. Most of the time, you can find high-quality materials and appliances for a fraction of the cost.
For example, going to a granite supply yard and purchasing a remnant of stone instead of a new slab is a great way to save money. Also, consider purchasing used appliances in good condition instead of new ones.
This article was written by Alyssa Gisseman who is a student at Brigham Young University. Alyssa is studying English language and editing.
She currently does copy writing and editing at Wallaroo Media.
She loves researching and sharing what she learns with others, especially when it is a topic as important as this one.
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