8 Ideas to Update Your Kitchen on a Budget

All growing up, we were told that the kitchen was the heart of the home. It is where families and friends gather each day to indulge in conversation and meals together. As one of the most important rooms in the house, a kitchen’s design has a huge impact on the feel of a home. But it can also be one of the most expensive rooms to redesign. That’s why we put together these 8 ideas to update your kitchen on a budget.

Add a pop of color on your walls

Even though wall space in a kitchen is less than the wall space in other most other rooms (because cabinets and appliances cover so much of the room), the walls are still a border to everything else that is going on in the kitchen. If your kitchen hasn’t been repainted in a while, it may be time to pick up some swatches. Outdated or worn paint in a kitchen can seem dingy. A simple repaint can be a great opportunity to add color and freshness to the room.

Update your barstools

While your barstools may be the first place your kids scurry to each morning, they’re also likely the place your guests sit while you’re puttering around the kitchen. If your barstools look like kids spill cereal on them every morning, it’s time to shop. Your kitchen barstools are one of the first things people usually see in a kitchen. This is because the stool or chair back usually face the entryway. Look for something stylish or trendy. That change alone can make your kitchen feel more modern on a dime.

Replash your backsplash

We’re obsessed with browsing trendy backsplashes on Pinterest. This is one of the elements of kitchen design that seems to change every 3-5 years. It’s also one of the easier (and rewarding) ways to update your kitchen on a budget. If you currently have no backsplash, putting up herringbone tile, honeycomb porcelain, or mosaic glass can have a big impact on the look and feel of your kitchen.

Swap at useful for beautiful

While we typically start our kitchen journey intending for it to be both beautiful and functional, the daily use usually chokes out design in the day-to-day bustle. This probably means stacks of papers and cutting boards, big dusty knife blocks, plastic canisters of noodles and flour, and plastic generic bottles of soap. Putting away the clutter and investing in more  beautiful alternatives to anything that has it’s home on a countertop will make your kitchen feel more updated.

Paint your cabinets

Replacing your cabinets is expensive. But you can update your kitchen on a budget by painting them instead of investing in new cupboards. However, make sure it’s done right the first time so you don’t have to undo costly mistakes later.


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Add flowers

A seasonal pop of color from flowers is a great way to update your kitchen on a budget. Whether it’s a vase of seasonal buds or a pot of year-round beauties, having something alive and beautiful in your kitchen spruces up the vibe.

Update your light fixtures

Lighting trends are hotly debated during the building stage of a home, but quickly forgotten thereafter. Swap out your outdated track lighting. Instead, add an interesting or beautiful new fixture. This can add an updated touch to your kitchen.

Set a tablescape

Kitchen tables that sit empty are drab and boring. Update your kitchen on a budget by updating your tablescape. If the table isn’t often used, you can do a full-out design with beautiful place settings. If your family uses the table regularly, a gorgeous centerpiece with a table runner topped with flowers, candles, apothecary jars, or seasonal tidbits can be a great addition.