Many households spend a significant time in the kitchen. These 5 tips for kitchen design on a budget will help you make a culinary sanctuary in your home.
In the Beginning
Before you begin designing your kitchen, look at the overall layout. What do you like? What do you dislike? Are there changes in the layout that will help you make your more functional or fashionable? Because you are on a budget, you want to look at easy fixes. For example, maybe the breakfast nook can be rearranged to allow for more space for an indoor herb garden.
Do you have room for an island? Can you purchase furniture with dual functionality? For example, a breakfast bar that has storage for your pots and pans? Answering these questions with the layout in mind will save you time and money.
A Few Good Pieces
You don’t need to stainless steel appliances and rip out a wall to make your kitchen look great. Instead, focus on one or two pieces that you will either purchase or refurbish like the kitchen cabinets. Make them a focal point in your kitchen. This could be the cozy breakfast bar or your barnyard sink. Maybe you have an island. Make sure that one piece is exactly what you want, then design around it.
Paint and More Paint
Don’t ever underestimate what a coat of paint can do. Make worn cabinets look spacious with a fresh coat of white paint. Add an accent wall by painting with bright colors like red or yellow. Use stains to refurbish tired looking furniture.
Sometimes better lighting is all you need to bring life to your kitchen. Add in new fixtures, if possible. If not, find used standalone lamps that match your décor. Use brighter bulbs (check the manufacturer recommendations). Opt for light curtains to let natural light in.
Thrift Shop Finds
Finally, once you have the basic layout, painting, and light finished, go shopping for knick-knacks and collectibles that give your kitchen character. Choose antiques and cute pictures that showcase your personality.
Follow these tips for kitchen design on a budget to truly design a culinary oasis in your home.