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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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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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How to Style a Kitchen You’ll Love to Spend Time In

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We use our kitchens for so much – cooking quick weeknight dinners, sure, but also hanging out with our little ones, catching up with friends, surfing the internet, and perhaps even working from home. Why not add a few special details that will make hanging out in the kitchen more fun? In fact, with a few styling tricks, you can quickly transform your kitchen into a super comfy hangout zone you and your guests will love spending time in.

An easy styling formula for the kitchen includes 3 things: color, texture, and life. As in, colorful rugs and tea towels, texture from handmade pottery and smooth wooden boards, and life from fresh flowers and potted plants. These simple additions will bring lots of personality to your space!

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If you own your home, adding a splash of color in the form of patterned tile on the floors, or a vibrant trim color (as shown here) can bring a white kitchen to life. If you rent, you can get the look by focusing on the details: a colorful blue espresso pot and kitchen towels, textural woven baskets, and fresh greenery in the form of potted rosemary plants lining the window.

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Also think about how your kitchen basics are organized – I love the clean, natural look of simple glass jars for storage. They are easy to use, and look chic lined up on open shelving. Mix in a few little house plants or pots of herbs in with the objects on your open shelves, letting the foliage trail over the edge of the shelves for a relaxed, bohemian vibe.

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Photo Credits: Domino Magazine, Practising Simplicity, Amber Interiors

A happy jumble of layered textiles, comfy seating, well-used pots and pans, and fresh linens makes for a welcoming space you will be happy to come home to.

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Rug Shopping Guide: 1. Surya Zahra rug in hot pink and burnt orange 2. Rugs Direct Gallery Kashkoli Kilim rug in camel 3. Jaipur Rugs Urban Bungalow rug in white & butter.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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