Five Easy Ways for Upgrading Your Kitchen (Without A Major Renovation)

As Estes Park interior designers, we know that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It seems like no matter how warm and cozy our other interior rooms may be, the kitchen is quite often where we spend most of our time. It’s where we gather, prepare and share a meal, reconnect with family and friends, and create lifelong memories. Upgrading your kitchen is essential if it’s beginning to look dated in order to keep this living space warm and inviting. Additionally, beyond its sheer sentimental value, the kitchen is also one of the biggest selling points of a home, making it the first place many homeowners look when deciding which room to remodel to boost the overall financial value of their residence.

Of course, as with any interior design update, a kitchen redesign can be expensive. Ripping up floors, knocking down walls, and purchasing new appliances can quickly add up and exceed even the top end of your projected budget. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to make a major impact in your existing kitchen spaces. Here are a few proven tips and tricks from professional interior designers to help you in upgrading your kitchen without enduring an all-consuming renovation.


Paint Your Cabinets

Hoping to make the biggest visual impression possible without having to demolish any of your existing features and amenities? Paint your kitchen cabinets. Painting your cabinets is a fairly easy project to complete and extremely affordable, making it an excellent option for virtually any budget. Best of all, when choosing a color for your kitchen, the sky is pretty much the limit. You’ll have virtually endless shades and tones to choose from to find a color that beautifies your room and truly personalizes your space. To achieve a classic and elegant interior design, use chalk paint by Annie Sloan to enhance your cupboard exteriors. Chalk paint requires no primer and applies evenly with a beautiful matte finish in sometimes as little as a single coat for a straightforward DIY project that can completely transform your kitchen.

Check out this page for how to paint your kitchen cabinets with chalk paint (complete with a how-to video).

Line Your Glass Cabinets

Want to update your cabinets without having to paint? Not a problem if you have glass cabinets in your kitchen. Cover the backs of your cabinets with dazzling adhesive wallpaper to instantly and (almost) effortlessly change up their entire appearance. Before you start shopping for different wallpaper styles, it’s important to think about what you’ll display or store inside the cupboard after its makeover. Once you know the look you’re hoping to attain, select a color or pattern that complements your accents and helps your serving pieces and glassware pop to capture viewer attention and even serve as a focal point for the room.


Replace Hardware

Changing up builder-grade knobs and fixtures can completely redefine the entire vibe in your room without costing a lot of money. Today’s kitchen hardware comes in a wide range of colors, shapes, and designs, allowing homeowners to get as creative as they’d like within their interiors. While brushed nickel fixtures are still in style, other metallic finishes like rose gold, bronze, and brass have recently surged in popularity as well. Opt for large square fixtures for a modern touch to your design, or colored glass knobs to add delicate sophistication to the room. For a more whimsical vibe, mix and match different shapes or finishes. The best part about replacing your hardware is, should you get bored with your update, it’s easy and inexpensive to change the look again as needed.


Add a Backsplash

Tired of staring at the plain wall behind your stovetop and sink? Upgrading your kitchen without overspending can be as easy as installing a new backsplash to refresh the look and introduce a little visual texture to your walls. Forget about messy grout that can get everywhere; you can keep this project simple and stress-free by choosing adhesive tile panels instead of products that require grout to stick to your surfaces. Just peel and stick the tile in a pattern that appeals to you to brighten up your walls and enhance the overall vibe of your kitchen.


Buy Just One New Appliance for Now

Yes, buying a full suite of new high-end appliances can revitalize the kitchen…and quickly drain your financial resources. Avoid a serious case of price-tag shock by purchasing just one new appliance right now. You can go for practical and choose the item you need the most, or go the extravagant route and select the machine you’ll enjoy the most. Either way, once it’s installed, your entire kitchen will immediately feel like it’s undergone a significant upgrade. Niche Design House can help you enhance all of your living spaces without overspending. Contact our interior design team today by calling 970-586-5655 to hear more.