Upgrading your kitchen is a fantastic way to increase the value of your home while making it more modern and inviting. But everyone knows that a kitchen renovation could take a lot of time, a lot of planning, and quite a bit of money. So if you are not ready to revamp your entire kitchen and spend a lot of your money on this extensive project, you could instead focus on modernizing your kitchen by merely changing out the basics. How can you go about doing that? Well, it is easier and more affordable than you probably think! Keep reading to learn more.
Upgrade the Countertops
Your kitchen countertops are one of the first things that you see when you walk into the room. And because kitchen countertop trends come and go, if you have not changed your countertops in many, many years, they are probably looking really dated. In fact, a person who is even just a little bit informed about kitchen design and countertop trends will immediately be able to guess the age of your kitchen and the last time that it was renovated. How embarrassing!
So if you upgrade nothing else, at least upgrade your countertops to get started on modernizing your kitchen. One option is installing granite countertops, but there are a lot of other beautiful options if you calculate your budget and find that granite it not within reach.
For example, you could opt for lovely quartz, laminate, wood, steel, glass, tile, stone, marble, or even recycled material, as a few other examples. See what works with the rest of your design scheme, and what suits your needs and budget best.
Repaint or Replace the Cabinets
In addition to your countertops, your kitchen cabinets could also cause your room to look really dated. So another way to modernize your kitchen while tackling the basics is by simply upgrading your cabinets. And the best part is that you do not have to splurge on brand new cabinets because you could just reface the ones that you already own. If you have wooden cabinets, you could have a contractor come in who will be able to remove the old facing and put on totally new wood facing. Or you could repaint the existing cabinets to give them a brand new look. Plus, if you don’t want to hire a contractor, you could even save money and repaint the cabinets yourself during a weekend. Just be sure to sand the cabinets until their surfaces are totally smooth. Use caulk wherever it is needed, and apply the paint as smoothly as possible. You could even repaint the interiors of your cabinets if they are visible, as that would create an eye-catching design that will be clean and attractive.
Replace Old Appliances
Is your kitchen still filled with old kitchen appliances that no longer match the rest of your modern design scheme? Then it is definitely time to upgrade them, especially if they are no longer functioning as well as they used to. Appliances could be expensive, so if you have older appliances that still work, you might want to hold off, but if your old appliances are showing signs of age, you could opt for stainless steel designs that will help to instantly transform your once dated looking kitchen into one that is more modern and chic. So easy!
Repaint the Room
Simply repainting your kitchen’s walls could immediately transform it from a drab space to one that is beautiful and warm. Coordinate the paint on the walls of your kitchen with the colors of your cabinets and appliances, so that everything works perfectly together. And consider painting the ceiling too, as a pop of color there could add a bit of a dramatic effect, especially if your kitchen cabinets are white and your appliances are stainless steel.
Change the Backsplash
On top of taking care of the kitchen countertops and the cabinets, do not forget to upgrade your backsplash too. You could simply repaint it, or you could instead add a brand new tile design with some color to really add another pretty element to your space. This could be an inexpensive upgrade, but it could make a big difference in the way that your kitchen looks and feels, especially if you choose a design that draws the attention to the backsplash and away from other less modern elements in the kitchen. And have fun with this element of your design scheme, too, as you have a lot of freedom to choose something unique.
As you can see, there are several ways to modernize your kitchen and make it look clean and beautiful, even if you are just tackling the basics and you don’t have a lot of money to spend on your renovation. Get started today so that you can have a kitchen that you will be proud to show off!