It's common knowledge that kitchens sell homes. Guests always congregate in the kitchen and you probably spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in the house, so it makes sense. Renovating a kitchen is an expensive and time-consuming undertaking that may not be in the cards. Whether your kitchen is in need of a full-fledged overhaul or just needs a few updates to spruce it up, these eight ideas are budget-friendly and DIY compatible - and they'll give your kitchen that high-end look everyone wants!
- Freshen Up the Hardware - Punch up boring cabinets with cool new hardware. You'll be surprised how changing out drawer pulls and cabinet handles impacts the overall look of the kitchen. Be smart about it and get hardware whose holes match up with the current hardware.
- Incorporate Color & Texture - High-end kitchens often follow similar color palettes and there's a reason for that: they appeal to a wider audience and allow the designers to play with texture, which adds depth and richness. Pops of color should come in with fruit bowls and other items that can be moved and switched out easily.
- Let There Be (New) Light - Replace dated light fixtures with modern-look pendants or track lighting (which is much easier to install than it used to be). Add task lighting under cabinets and in low-lit corners and brighten up the whole mood of the kitchen!
- Fix Old Fixtures - Unless you're going with a retro look, ditch the old faucet and replace it with a hands-free model, or one with the sprayer that pulls out. The sink is a focus of the kitchen and a newer faucet fixture will make a big splash.
- Incorporate Modern Luxuries - It's not that hard to install a pull-out trash and recycling bin or pull out drawers in lower cabinets and kits are sold in your favorite hardware store. These small improvements to the kitchen reap big dividends in terms of functionality!
- Add An Island - Not every kitchen can accommodate a fixed island but many can be improved by the addition of a mobile island. Space-saving options abound and the added prep surface and flexibility they bring are worth the minor investment.
- Create a Command Center - As the hub of your home, it makes sense to allocate a small part of the kitchen to organizing the family. Some chalkboard paint, a little added trim and a dry-erase board or bulletin board quickly transform the side of a cabinet or a blank wall into your Family Command Center.
- Kill the Clutter - Think about your mental image of your dream kitchen. Know what is central to almost everyone's mental picture? Clean countertops. Keep clutter out of sight with organized shelves, cabinets and drawers to take your kitchen up a notch instantly.