Do not think of your kitchen as utilitarian. There are numerous ways that you can redecorate your kitchen to keep it fresh and inviting. You will be spending plenty of time in your kitchen, and you want to make sure that it reflects your personality. Redecorating your kitchen will keep the room interesting and will help keep cooking and cleaning from being a chore. Decorating your kitchen does not have to be expensive. Instead, you can work on a tight budget and still garner a brand new style for the room. There are many different inexpensive ways to give your kitchen a facelift, and many of them are cost free. Here are some tips on redecorating your kitchen without breaking the bank.

  • 1. As with any other room, start with the wall color. A kitchen should be a bright and happy place, so consider airy colors that will keep the room lively. Warm tones, like a soft yellow or beige create a cheery atmosphere for the kitchen.
  • 2. Of course, the cabinets can be one of the most prominent things that you see when walking into a kitchen. They can also be one of the priciest when it comes to redecorating, but you do not have to break the budget. Instead of replacing cabinets, you can replace just the doors to create a new look at half the cost.
  • 3. For a more open feeling, remove the cabinet doors altogether and consider your dishes, plates, boxed foods and cookware as a display of sorts.
  • 4. If you prefer a more casual look without the cabinet doors, attach Velcro to inexpensive fabrics and then attach on the inside of the cabinet opening to create curtains for each of the cabinet spaces.
  • 5. If you want a brand new look for your wooden cabinets but you cannot afford to reface them, then get to work sanding and painting. Many people do not think of painting cabinets, but this is a great way to restyle the room. Consider darker colors since lighter colors will show wear and tear more since a kitchen is used so frequently.
  • 6. Appliances can be refinished for a low price. This is another thing that many people do not know. Talk with your local appliance store to find out the cost of refinishing old appliances or replacing oven and refrigerator doors for a new look.
  • 7. To replace flooring on a budget, look for do-it-yourself options like stick on floor tiles or vinyl flooring. When installed correctly, these options can look just as classic as a professional installation. Look for floor coloring that will match your style while hiding dirt since your kitchen is most likely a highly trafficked area.
  • 8. To change up lighting, visit antique stores or thrift shops. You may be surprised to find numerous options for lighting, especially if you are looking for something with an antique or an old world feel. If you cannot afford new lighting or to pay an electrician, consider refinishing your current lighting. This can be done with a new shade or light covering. If you have a chandelier, look for paints made to refinish metal.
  • 9. If you need affordable artwork, consider what you like to do most in the kitchen. Take your favorite recipes and frame them in inexpensive yet decorative frames. This way, not only will you have unique and fun wall art, but it will be useful anytime you wish to cook the recipe!
  • 10. When it comes to decorative items for your kitchen, keep in mind that anything you put on the counter will be in the way while you cook. Keep your decorative items at a minimum so that the few you use will stand out without getting in the way.
  • 11. Another way to decorate is to use items with a dual purpose. Fill a bowl with fresh fruit to provide a bright decoration and a healthy snack for your family. Use a decorative flower pot to store cooking utensils in a fun and unique way. Hang coffee mugs from hooks placed underneath cabinets to create a whimsical and useful look.
  • 12. If you have empty wall space and you do not have enough storage, you can find many affordable and decorative ways to add storage space. An old shelving unit can be repainted and can be a great place to store cookbooks, small bake ware, or dry foods. Look for baker’s racks or metal shelving at thrift stores or garage sales. These items can be made over with a fresh coat of paint and can serve as useful storage space. An old armoire can be refurbished for the kitchen by removing the doors and replacing them with fabric curtains.
  • 13. If you have a breakfast room or a casual dining room with your kitchen, then refurbish the furniture with a coat of paint. This is a great way to create the look of new furniture without the cost of buying any.
  • 14. If the chairs have fabric seats, then reupholstering can be a great way to get a fresh look. Consider using the same fabrics as you used when you created your kitchen curtains. Alternatively, of you bought the curtains, and then find a matching fabric for the dining chairs.
  • 15. Use items from your kitchen cabinets as decoration. That porcelain tea pitcher will make a lovely centerpiece when filled with artificial or fresh cut flowers. A decorative china plate can add interest to an unused portion of the counter. When it comes to decorating the kitchen, remember to look around for items that you already have and you will not have to spend any money at all.
  • 16. An easy way to update the look of a kitchen in a subtle way is to replace the hardware. Cabinet knobs and door pulls can be found at affordable prices at a local home improvement store. Replace the light switch plates and the outlet covers to match as well. For something truly creative, browse the Internet to find affordable yet decorative switch plates that will bring attention to an otherwise unnoticed part of the room.
  • 17. Countertops can be costly to replace. If you have unsightly countertops, you do have options. Formica or laminate counter tops can be painted. You will just need to make sure to talk to someone at your home improvement store to find primer and paint made for such surfaces. Wooden countertops can be sanded and re-stained to freshen them up.
  • 18. Do you and your family need a reminder board for notes, lists and announcements? You can purchase rolls of cork to create a corkboard on a small side wall in the kitchen. Decorative thumb tacks are available at office supply stores. You can also purchase rolls of blackboard material and chalk to create a fun and modern blackboard wall where notes can be jotted down.
  • 19. Remember to keep a theme in mind. Whether you prefer a country, casual, modern, or elegant kitchen space, if you start with a theme, you will find it all the easier to redecorate without spending too much money.