Upgrades don’t always mean you have to do a huge renovation. Whether you’re on a budget or just looking to spruce things up, little changes can go a long way. In fact, here are 7 small kitchen changes you can do right now that will make a big difference in your home’s value and appearance. 


Never underestimate the effect that lighting can have on the look and feel of a room. Dark, dingy lighting not only brings down the mood but it can also make your home appear smaller and outdated. Updating light fixtures with bright, beautiful alternatives or adding recessed lighting is a great way to improve style and ambiance. 


Speaking of lighting fixtures, swapping out older fixtures like the kitchen sink and faucet or appliances can really change the aesthetic of a kitchen. A popular trend right now is to put in a farmhouse sink with a brushed gold or chrome faucet. Not only are farmhouse sinks gorgeous but they’re also very practical-- the sheer size alone is a chef’s dream. 


You probably knew this one was coming. Who doesn’t love the effect of a fresh coat of paint? The color of your walls can completely change the feel of your kitchen-- small rooms look larger, dark rooms become brighter, and older kitchens look newer.

Window treatments

Did you know that the higher you hang your curtains the taller the room will appear? Window treatments such as curtains, blinds, or shutters, are a wonderful way to bring some character to your space. It’s not unfair to say that a beautiful pair of curtains can completely change the way you feel about coming home at night. 

Add a backsplash

This might be one of our favorite recommendations because a backsplash is a great opportunity to bring your personality into your home and give your kitchen some character. While you could have this done professionally, we’ve seen beautiful DIY backsplashes as well. Even a Moroccan-tiled wallpaper can do the trick! 

Refinish your cabinets

The next best thing to buying new cabinets is refinishing the ones you have. Just because you don’t have the cash to replace your kitchen cabinets with the newest style doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a gorgeous, updated kitchen! Refinishing your cabinets can be completed quickly and make your kitchen look brand new, so you’ll be enjoying your updated space in no time. 

Add some detail

Don’t underestimate the little details. Adding detail is the easiest and most inexpensive way to spruce up your kitchen. Special touches like changing out cabinet hardware, hanging artwork, putting up shelves, adding area rugs, or installing under-cabinet lighting are a great way to include little splashes of personality that make your kitchen welcoming.    

Final Thoughts

You don’t have to break the bank to update your kitchen and feel good about it. Small changes here and there make you feel proud of the beautiful home you’ve created. However, if you do decide to go big and remodel your kitchen this year, we highly recommend that you consult a designer before beginning any major renovations. The designers at Kitchen & Bath Ideas have a combined 100+ years of experience to help make your dream home both functional and affordable. Contact us today for a free consultation!

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