10 Creative Ways You Can Improve Your Kitchen

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Are you looking for ways to improve your kitchen without spending lots of money? Most of us probably don’t have one of those modern dream kitchens seen in magazines. We have to deal with the one we have. So here are our top 10 creative ways you can improve your kitchen.

1. Repaint or Add Wallpaper

A repaint is one of the simplest solutions for how to make your kitchen look good. Paint is not expensive, and choosing a bright, refreshing paint colour can really bring new life into your kitchen and give it a fresh, clean, new look. Or, look out for a couple of rolls of inexpensive wallpaper or affordable wall treatments and decorate one accent wall to make a real impact.

2. Add Decorations

Adding some tasteful artwork or some cheerful posters are great rental kitchen decorating ideas. You can draw the attention away from the less pleasant aspects of the kitchen with some beautiful decorations to catch the eye.

3. Change Your Lighting

Changing the way your kitchen is illuminated can transform its appearance.  Make sure that you have good light directed to the prepping and cooking areas, and draw attention to the nicest parts of your kitchen with bright lighting. Buying a couple of interesting lamps is a cheap kitchen makeover idea.

4. Replace Your Faucet

Replacing your old faucet with a shiny, modern-style new one is one of our favourite cheap ways to update the kitchen. Although faucets are not overly cheap, investing in a practical and beautiful one will seriously enhance your kitchen.

5. Open Up Your Cabinets in Small Kitchens

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In small kitchens, closed in cabinets can be a bit claustrophobic. Why not replace them with open shelving? You may even be able to just remove the doors from your existing cabinets or, consider replacing the doors with glass ones. Put your nicest plates and bowls on display and add interest to your kitchen. You’ll be surprised at how much more space and light you can create with this simple idea.

6. Update Your Kitchen Cabinets on a Budget

Replacing kitchen cabinets is certainly not a cheap prospect, but updating old cabinets can be fun, easy and cheap. Simply changing the knobs or pulls for something new and modern can really change the look of those old cabinets. If it’s your own kitchen, why not give the cabinets a quick rub-down and paint them in a bright, cheerful colour. This is an effective way of changing and updating a kitchen without replacing cabinets.

7. Remodel

Full kitchen updates are very expensive. So, instead of trying to do it all, just concentrate on one area. Maybe add a bright new backsplash, replace a worn countertop, or get rid of that old table and chairs and build a breakfast bar. Remodelling in this way can totally change the look of your kitchen and won’t break the bank.

8. Use Small Appliances as Decorations

Purchase new brightly coloured appliances like kettles and toasters. They will add life and colour to your kitchen, and their modern styles will make the whole kitchen look more fresh and updated.

9. Update Your Kitchen Decor 

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A change of curtains, adding an area rug, or laying a different floor covering can make a world of difference. You don’t need to spend lots of money if you look for special offers and choose simple, low budget kitchen designs.

10. Declutter

This is probably the most important change you can make to improve the way your kitchen looks. If you don’t have space to put everything away why not get really inventive and buy a used shipping container. One of these in your garden is the perfect storeroom, and it can even become an outdoor kitchen for those summer barbeques.

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Sofia Lockett

Sofia Lockett is a freelance writer from Auckland, New Zealand. She is passionate about travel, interior design and home trends. When she's not writing, you'll find her checking out the latest design news and blogs. You can find more of her work on her Tumblr.