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Perhaps you’ve been putting off your plans for a kitchen renovation indefinitely, even though you’ve been preparing for it for months. Now that 2018 is here, perhaps it is time to put those plans into action.

Tackling indoor renovations such as the kitchen or bathroom is best done during the summer months. This means that it’s the ideal time to update your kitchen after referring to elegant kitchen designs done by professionals.

However, as always, it is always wise to choose a project that is practical and within your budget. You can achieve this, of course, without having to sacrifice the kind of look and functionality you want for your kitchen.

From updating hardware to adding an interesting backsplash, here are seven elements guaranteed to give your kitchen a fabulous facelift at the least possible cost.

1. Open up your kitchen

Making the kitchen accessible to other areas of the home, such as the living and dining rooms, injects new life to the space. There are many ways to open up your kitchen to the rest of the house. You can create a pass-through, widen a doorway, or even completely gut and remove an entire wall.

Just remember that this requires the assistance of a contractor as they can assess the walls or sections in your home supporting the ceiling.

2. Maximize storage

If you’re looking to squeeze in a little extra storage out of your kitchen, consider adding additional shelving elements. The addition of simple shelves to your kitchen design will provide functional display space that can be used in a variety of ways. Simple shelves are a great space-saving idea that are easy and cheap to install.

3. Add accent lighting

By incorporating accent lights to your kitchen space, you can create an environment that’s sophisticated and warm. Whether it is installing sconces, under-cabinet fixtures, or a pendant light, the inclusion of accent lighting can make your whole kitchen glow. Consider installing LED lights for more cost-saving solutions.

4. Update your kitchen hardware

If a complete cabinet overhaul isn’t in the cards, and a fresh coat of paint just won’t do, consider changing out your cabinetry hardware. Swapping out handles and pulls is one of the easiest and quickest updates you can do to your kitchen. Adding colorful options also gives your cabinetry that fresh new look it deserves.

5. Upgrade your window treatments

Installing new window treatments to your kitchen can really spruce up the space. But be careful with the type of treatment you hang on your window. A kitchen, after all, is a lively space where family gather and mess can be made. Window drapes with too much fabric can easily get ruined by splashing, steam and oil spills.

Consider opting for low maintenance roller or Venetian blinds.

6. Work in some decorative elements

Introducing accent elements throughout your kitchen adds instant warmth and character to the space.

A Hampton-style kitchen or working in some rustic elements for that farmhouse feel creates a space that’s truly yours; and it doesn’t have to be expensive fixtures either. By replacing certain elements such as the kitchen door or bar stools with the decorative elements you want, you create a welcoming space that is uniquely yours.

7. Add a backsplash

Adding a backsplash to your kitchen creates a custom look to the space that’s stunning, yet budget-friendly. Adding a backsplash to the space creates a visual effect that offers the ultimate combination of form and function. And with the number of materials to choose from, it’s an easy way to update your kitchen that won’t break the bank.

Going the eco-friendly route may mean opting for salvaged materials like antique or reclaimed wood. If you want a reflective finish, you can use antique or regular mirrors. Then there’s also glass, tin sheets, stainless steel, embossed concrete, marble and wallpaper, and so much more! You can even use coffee beans — yes, the possibilities are basically endless!

By making minor improvements over time, you can keep your kitchen looking fresh and updated while keeping your investment practical and budget-friendly. Creating a kitchen you love doesn’t require gutting the entire space or your wallet. As shown here, you can still achieve beautiful results with a few inexpensive touches to make your dream kitchen a reality.

Sometimes no matter what you do, your kitchen still doesn’t achieve the look you want. In this case, it’s worth exploring getting a new kitchen designed that achieves the look you want.