Ways to improve a kitchen include using organization tools, swapping out fixtures, updating with paint, adding storage and changing the decor. Simple changes without doing a complete renovation update the look and function of a kitchen without a large financial investment.
Organization often improves the flow and use of a kitchen. Clearing off the countertops opens up more work space and makes the kitchen feel less cluttered. Baskets, bins and shelving are organizational options to clear the clutter and give everything a place in the kitchen. If space allows, adding a kitchen island, pantry or additional cabinetry provides more storage and greater flexibility in organization.
Upgrades on a few key fixtures in the kitchen give the space a new look without a total makeover. Examples of fixtures to replace include lighting, faucets and cabinet hardware. These items are inexpensive and relatively easy to replace.
Paint is another low-cost option. A new color on the walls changes the feeling of the space. Decorative painting creates focal points. Paint also gives cabinetry a face lift at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets.
An update to the existing decor gives the kitchen an inexpensive makeover. Mixing different textures, such as metals, woods and painted surfaces, adds visual interest to the kitchen. Open shelving offers an option to display decorative kitchen pieces. Rugs add a soft touch and spruce up the floors.