If you're planning to update your kitchen but would like to do it affordably, we have some good news: It's a lot easier than you think!
There are plenty of ways to give your kitchen an incredible facelift without draining your bank account. Luckily, you don't have to spend a fortune to spruce up the apartment. With some ingenuity and resourcefulness, you can easily update your kitchen on the cheap. And, you can get it done before next year arrives.
The kitchen should be a comfortable place. After all, it's where you make food with family and prepare your morning coffee. So, one way to update is to make your kitchen as cozy as possible. Here are a few ways to make yours feel a bit more like home:
If your kitchen has a skylight or windows, make the most of all that natural light! Place your table near a well-lit window to invoke warmth. That way, you can enjoy the sunlight while you drink your coffee and sit with friends.
Soft, plush rugs do wonders to make your kitchen feel more comfortable. It may seem weird, but a few cozy carpets can warm up the room. If a rug in the kitchen feels too weird, that's okay! try adding a cushioned mat near the counter, so at least you'll have some padding for your legs while cooking.
There is yet another way to make a kitchen comfortable: Add some cushions to your dining room chairs!
Seat cushions will add back support and make your kitchen feel cozier. Choose accent colorus that will compliment the rest of your home's furniture. Relaxing in a comfortable chair is a great way to reward yourself after baking up a storm!
It's never been easier to incorporate color and patterns into a kitchen. And it just so happens that bold colors a great choice for home decor - so have fun going all out on this trend! Try painting your kitchen walls, or adding some trendy wallpaper. If your lease prevents you from doing so, use some peel-off wallpaper.
That way, you'll be able to brighten up your room without damaging the walls. When it comes time to move out, you can just peel it off and collect your security deposit.
Who doesn't love snacking? Personally, that's my favorite thing to do in the kitchen. And by organizing your snacks, you can use them to make your kitchen feel more homey and comfortable. You don't even need to buy more furniture, either. it's easy to use things in your kitchen to get organized:
You might have a few unused shelves in the kitchen. If so, use baskets you already own to hold your snacks. Anything that doesn't need to be refrigerated can go in your snack baskets. A few examples are pre-packaged nuts and granola bars. If you lack counter space, these baskets work well for fruit storage too (although fruit baskets make good counter decorations if you have room for one).
You can even opt for plastic containers. Anything that can be comfortably stacked will be efficient in organizing the stroage space of your kitchen.
Consider setting up a coffee bar for yourself, your roommate, and whoever else comes to visit. Not only is it fun to incorporate into a kitchen, but it’ll help save you money (as you can stop buying those overpriced lattes).
You can turn your counter into a coffee bar by organizing your coffee maker, sugar, mugs (on hanging hooks), and coffee together. It’ll add a bit of quaintness to your current setup.
If you lack a dining table in your kitchen (or your existing one needs to go), find one that suits your needs. Stores like Ikea have trendy yet affordable furniture. Take a look around, and you’re sure to find something that’ll look perfect in your kitchen.
Make sure it’s comfortable enough to sit at while you eat. And if you’re the type of person who likes to read or study at the kitchen table, find one that’s cozy enough for that as well. If space is a concern, find a table that serves multiple purposes. There are plenty of kitchen tables with fold-down tops that turn into counters. There are also some that fold up into the wall and double and storage shelves.
These types of dining tables are great for small spaces. They can add some charm to your kitchen without taking up the entire room.
If you feel insecure about the way your kitchen looks, try hanging a bold piece of decor. This will steal the attention away from the rest of the room and give your guests something to look at. Consider hanging a beautiful light fixture or a favorite art print. Another idea is add bright window treatments with a fun pattern.
Use your imagination and add something that goes with your personality! It’ll liven up your kitchen and make it feel more like home.
See? Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, it can be a lot of fun. Start by slowly updating your space. Add a few elements here and there over time. Before you know it, the kitchen will be just as you imagined. Even if trends continue to change, that doesn’t mean your kitchen has to as well. Let the kitchen be a reflection of you and your interests.
Reinventing a kitchen doesn’t require you to go out and buy a bunch of new things. In most cases, you can use what you already have to build a cozy little nook in your home. An updated kitchen is within your reach!
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over ten years of experience in the student housing industry and works with dwell Tenn Street to help them with their marketing efforts.