Whether you’re looking to raise the value of your home, up the style of your luxury apartment, or increase the efficiency of a small kitchen, a redecorating session is in order. So how can you restyle your kitchen without breaking the bank? A few tweaks here, a few projects there, and an addition or two can make a world of difference. Let’s take a look at a few ways to enhance your kitchen on a budget.
It’s the Little Things
We can’t talk about a kitchen without talking about the cabinets, and the devil is in the details. Ideally, old dingy cabinets would be pulled out and replaced, but let’s get real—we all can’t afford a full kitchen renovation, and if you’re renting that’s out of the question.
Get rid of dingy, unsightly hardware like cabinet handles and drawer pulls and replace them. You can find inexpensive supplies at a hardware store, or if you want to go thrifting, vintage hardware provides a chic look to an upscale apartment home.
Clutter Be Gone
Nothing is more difficult to navigate than a countertop littered with baking pans, cutting boards, and utensils. If your apartment is short on storage space, you’ll need to innovate. A sanded wooden box can store cutting boards and pans, while a vase or mason jar can be used to keep utensils under control. To employ a wood-centric cabin or country style, hang a plank on the wall and secure metal rings or ties, then place old mason jars inside for storage and décor.
Light it Up
Nothing can change the way people perceive your kitchen like the lighting, and it’s difficult to cook a medium-well steak for a guest if you can barely see it. Depending on the effect you’re looking for, there are many ways to tackle light.
Accent lighting can help draw the eye to a painting and can serve to brighten and expand the space. Focus light on an open area to pull away from cramped corners or crowded spaces. You can also add personality to any modern apartment by upgrading the pendant lighting. Fabric paint can add stripes to your shades or metallic paint can add texture and contrasts.