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8 Ways to Update Your Kitchen on the Cheap

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If you’re anything like me, you spend more time in your kitchen during winter than any other season. So many cookies to bake, soups to simmer, and so on! And if your get togethers are anything like the ones at my place, the kitchen tends to be the epicenter, so why not give it a little spruce up? Check out these eight tips that are either completely free or inexpensive.

Update the hardware. Swap out that builder’s grade brushed nickel for something that pops! My favorites are blacks, brasses, and gold. This change out can give the entire room a fresh look.

Replace or refinish cabinet doors. Sand down and repaint your current ones or replace entirely for something new. Don’t forget about glass inserts, different finishes, or removing them all together for some open shelving.

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Keep it light. You’ll maybe notice that these four kitchens have one thing in common – white cabinets and walls or tile. That’s because white opens up a space immensely, making people wonder when did you renovate your kitchen?

Replace small decor. A new fruit bowl or basket, some new hooks on the wall to hang dish towels on, a few pots of herbs on the windowsill. Little things like this add up to make a world of difference, making your kitchen feel fresher than it has in years!

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Add art. I’m always surprised at how many people think art in the kitchen isn’t necessary. Hang one large piece on an empty wall at the very least, or opt for a grouping of smaller frames. In my last home I didn’t have a lot of wall space to dedicate, so I hung smaller pieces on my backsplash.

Hide small appliances. Clutter can make a space feel messy, which is the opposite of what most people are going for aesthetically. If you have the space tuck away small appliances like your toaster and coffee pot and only pull them out to use.

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Change up the window treatments. If your kitchen is dark go with white sheers to let in as much light as possible. Prying neighbors? Maybe consider a Roman blind that can be raised and lowered when need be.

Update the lighting. Change the look and mood of a space in an instant with lighting, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Visit thrift stores or Ikea to find something unexpected and unique.

One other way to update your kitchen is to add or swap any floor rugs. Add a new pattern or color to the mix!

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Luxe Velvets in the Home

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Cold weather just begs for luxurious, weighty fabrics and nothing does both jobs quite like velvet. The soft texture all but asks to be caressed and lounged upon, doesn’t it? Luxe velvet has been popping up everywhere as an interior trend for the past few months. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful sofas in every color of the rainbow, but what if you’re not quite ready for that level of commitment?

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Let’s start in one of my favorite places – accessories. Particularly throw pillows that can be used in either the bedroom or living room. I like buying pieces that are versatile, so if you’re not feeling them on the couch you can just relocate them to the bed or an arm chair or a bench. It’s all about finding the right location.

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If I didn’t have pets (and pet hair) I’d own a velvet duvet in a heartbeat! Just imagine snuggling up under this heavy, luxurious cover during chilly nights and long weekend mornings. Velvet brings such great texture to whatever space it’s in that you’d need little else in the way of bed decor. And don’t even get me started on that green, always a favorite hue in this fabric!

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Heavy velvet curtains remind me of period dramas like Little Women and (of course) Gone with the Wind! They actually help keep the warm in and the cold out come winter, as well as act as their own sort of blackout shade when closed all the way. Gorgeous.

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These chairs in the prettiest shade of dusty rose have me rethinking my own dining room setup. I love how they introduce a new texture to the space that mainly relies on naturals – wood, greenery, glass – and instantly adds a level of chic. You could do the same with the addition of an arm chair or bench in any room of your home.

Soft fabrics make all the difference when we’re craving warmth and comfort – especially underfoot!

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