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A beautiful kitchen is at the top of most homeowners wish lists. It is also one of the most expensive renovations in the home, with most new kitchens costing between $10,000 and $35,000. However, even if you are not ready for a full overhaul, there are many ways to inject style and personality into your kitchen without causing irreparable damage to your hip pocket. Here are just a few décor ideas to get you started:

Display your Wares

Cookware that is! Why hide your gorgeous cookware sets away in the cupboard when they make the perfect decoration for the walls? Hanging cookware from hooks has a dual benefit; it brings a beautiful, rustic feel to the room while protecting your cookware from scratches that may occur when stacked in the cupboard. So, don’t hide those pots and pans away. Cultivate a French farmhouse feel on a shoestring budget.  

Light Up Your Life

Pendant lighting is all the rage and can bring a big splash of character into your kitchen. The most popular placement is above an island bench but be sure to consider the size and layout of your kitchen when choosing a location. Select something to tie in with the colors of your tapware and door hardware for a cohesive feel. You will also need some brighter task lights for food prep and cooking. Downlights are a popular choice, but LED strip lighting under the overhead cupboards is also cost-effective and reasonably easy to install.

Benchtop Refresh

A chipped, stained or damaged laminate benchtop can make even an attractive kitchen feel old and tired. Stone and granite can be costly, so if you are looking for a more budget-friendly solution, why not take a look at the wooden countertops that are available at your local hardware store? The warm tones of a wooden benchtop will make your kitchen feel rustic and welcoming. When sealed and cared for appropriately, a wooden benchtop can last you for many years to come. If you prefer the look of stone but can’t justify the expense, try using a granite paint to resurface your benchtop.

Consider Your Window Coverings

Blinds or curtains are vital for privacy in most houses and keep the worst of the summer heat out. However, if your kitchen windows are framed with frilly moth-eaten curtains from a bygone era, or dusty, bent old Venetian blinds, it is time for a refresh. Choose something that is waterproof and easy to clean, as they might come into contact with grease or dishwater at some stage. Whether you like the look of roller blinds, shutters or Roman blinds, giving your windows a facelift will be sure to revamp the look of your kitchen as a whole.

Keep the Clutter at Bay

Clutter-busting is one of the most effective ways to achieve a clean, fresh looking home without spending a cent! It is easy to let the paperwork, pens, stray items of kids clothing and frequent use items like salt, pepper or washing up gloves start to gather on your kitchen bench. If you can clear this space and keep it clean, your kitchen will feel fresher and more polished. Try corralling papers into a basket or tray that you clear weekly and go from there.

Don’t wait to win the lottery to create the kitchen of your dreams. With a few small tweaks, you can transform it into a warm, welcoming, and beautiful space that really is the heart of your home.