5 Affordable, High-Impact Kitchen Updates

May 1, 2020

Is 1998 still alive and thriving in your kitchen? When your sense of style says it’s time for a renovation but your wallet says otherwise, these quick and simple kitchen updates can breathe new life into your home without breaking the bank.

1.Update Your Shelving

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Okay, we know what you’re thinking—changes to your actual cabinetry aren’t always budget-friendly. However, you can update your shelving situation without having to install totally new cabinets. Adding extra shelving, Taking down unneeded shelves, or even just lining your cabinet shelves with a printed contact paper can give your kitchen a quick facelift. A marble floating shelf like the one above brightens the space with a modern-but-classic twist.

2. Add a Coffee (or Wine) Bar

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Do you have an awkward nook in your kitchen or dining space? Turn that unused corner into a coffee or wine bar! This can be as simple or as intricate as you want–just add a basic countertop or even a small bar cart to keep things super budget-friendly, or go all out with inset shelving and a new espresso machine. The choice is yours!

 3. Up the Drama With an Accent Wall

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Nothing says fresh, contemporary design like an accent wall. For the cost of a can of paint, you can add a pop of color to your room. Or, if you’re able to spend a little more, a natural stone accent wall adds elegance and provides a unique, classic design touch. Go light to brighten up your space, or opt for a sleek black marble for extra drama.

4. Update Your Hardware & Fixtures

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One of the fastest ways to perk up a stale kitchen space? Swap out your hardware, faucet, or light fixtures. Simply replacing those dates brass drawer knobs with some timeless copper or contemporary brushed steel can make a world of difference. Just make sure you choose coordinating materials across all your fixtures, sink, and cabinetry.

5. Make a (Back)splash


It’s hard to beat a great backsplash! Whether you’re more of a clean, white subway tile person, a swirling, veiny earth-toned granite person, or somewhere in between, a backsplash is a great way to add a focal point to your kitchen and freshen up your design.

Looking for more kitchen update inspiration?

Check out our Kitchen Inspiration Gallery to jog your creativity. Then, get in touch with us here for more information about how we can help bring your vision to life!

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