Everyone’s favourite room in the house deserves special attention. From the accents to the artwork, here are tips to reinvigorate the kitchen, without breaking the bank.
Published March 14, 2018 , Updated April 11, 2019
Install Statement Lighting
Look up! What do you see? If the answer is ho-hum big-box track lighting, you may want to ditch the dreary in favour of lighting that adds lustre to your kitchen. Be sure to match the vibe with your space. Go for unadorned, industrial pendants if it suits your cabinetry – or for a farmhouse feel, a rustic-look geometric piece is perfect.
Walls are often an oversight in a kitchen – what with the cabinets, backsplash and lighting to think about. But if space permits, moulding is an excellent way to add inexpensive, architectural appeal to a kitchen. The custom wainscoting in this glam dining area imparts a serene textural feel.
Update the Range Hood
Can a hood vent be exciting? You’ll be surprised to hear that the answer is yes! Check out these range hood designs for proof or have a gander at this kitchen designed by Fixer Upper‘s Joanna Gaines. The custom piece dovetails into the ceiling for a clean, contemporary look that doesn’t upstage the pretty backsplash or light fixtures.
Put Up a Bright Backsplash
A blast of blue and blingy brass handles in this modern country kitchen by the Property Brothers gets top style marks. Maybe it’s time to retire that white subway tile?
Find Some Quirky Artwork
A single piece of unusual or off-kilter artwork can give a room tons of personality, tweaking it from boring to interesting. Here, a black-and-white photograph of a sheepish Stan Laurel draws the eye upwards.
See here for 15 graphic kitchens that double as art galleries.
Get Yourself a Fancy Faucet
Hardware, like jewellery, acts as a finishing touch to a kitchen, adding that extra special something. This sculptural brass faucet is an example. For a cohesive look, tie in other brass pieces, including cabinet pulls, a table lamp and pendants, like in this amazing derelict-barn-turned-cottage.
Bring in Chic Accents
You don’t have to drop a mint to get sophisticated in the kitchen. Case in point: a simple, yet artful gold honeycomb wine holder that’s just one of the eye-catching pieces in this drop-dead gorgeous minimalist Toronto home.
Scatter Pretty Vases
A sprig of greenery in an artful vase is a welcome (and low cost) kitchen accent. For a compelling look, arrange the branches in varying heights.
Affix Some Haute Hardware
One of the easiest – and fastest – ways to instantly elevate your kitchen on the cheap is by swapping out the hardware. Aren’t these hammered metal knobs from Anthropologie stunners? At only $10 a pop, you can’t go wrong.
Switch up the Sink
Is your sink looking worse for the wear? Change it up with something more dignified like a farmhouse sink. We like its timeless appeal in this inexpensive galley kitchen.
Buy an Island
Buy yourself an island – no, not Tahiti. We’re talking a kitchen island with a substantial butcher’s block like this snazzy number from IKEA that features natural bamboo, two deep drawers and stainless steel shelves. Not only is it functional, it’ll add a finished look to your space. IKEA, $699.
Showcase Your Style
Not everyone can afford an expensive kitchen – work with what you have. Dress your kitchen using tricks from a fashionista’s playbook, where you see pricy trousers paired with a funky thrift-store blouse. Pin up that botanical print and strange gardening tool you bought at the flea market because it had an interesting shape. Show off your collection of simple dishes in a glass cabinet. Eclectic spaces rule!
Paint the Cupboards
How fresh and fabulous is this kitchen? The snippet showcases the power of paint. Are your cupboards chipped or drab and dark? Colour-blocking is a great, inexpensive way to add pizzazz. The walls and shelf are painted in Annie Sloan’s Napoleonic blue, finished with their clear chalk paint wax. The cupboards are painted in French linen (also by Annie Sloan) and finished with clear chalk paint wax.