Feb 24, 2012

Decorating your Kitchen on a Budget

Believe it or not, the kitchen is an area where you spend a lot of time too. Well, at least in most countries… not everyone can afford a maid or cook. I love to cook (mostly for other people.. not so much for myself) and a nice kitchen will create a nice atmosphere to cook in. Remember, its also one of the first places you go to when waking up.. you go for breakfast… so you don’t want to get depressed as soon as you put a foot in there.

When I moved to lima with my sis, our kitchen was really depressing. All white and kind of old. We changed bits and pieces, but didn’t do much because our budget was small. If you’re having the same problem, here are some tips so give your kitchen a “face-lift”.

Always begin with the basics. PAINT. Chose a neutral color, like white, beige, cream, an off-white or ivory, and add a splash of color (maybe fuchsia, green, blue? whatever rocks your boat). I personally like to keep things simple, clean and elegant (off-white, beige, dark brown, grey or colors like that).


Like in the LIVING ROOM BASICS, you will need to create a FOCAL POINT too. Maybe use your backsplash area and have it colorful. Or a nice utensil rack or modern shelves.. maybe even a glass cabinet. These are options that will draw attention to it, and will allow you to add accents to the kitchen but not make a hole in your pocket.


The CABINETS in your kitchen are couches on your living room. The heart and center of it. A nice cabinet will create a nice impression. If you cant afford to buy new ones, just revitalize your old ones. Simple ideas? Change their color and install new hardware. You may want to consider getting rid of the doors.. if you keep everything in organized, it can give a pretty nice and clean look… plus, it makes the room lighter.


Never ignore the LIGHTING.. having a new light fixture can give the room a better look. If you have a high ceiling, put a hanging lamp. Monorail lightings are nice. So are under cabinet lighting. Besides of lighting your work area, it will give dimension to the room.

under cabinet lighting bh2h 

Last but not least, add PLANTS. Fake or real ones, it will also help giving a pop of color. I think it’s cute to have small pots growing herbs.


See? Simple and low cost things can make a big difference! Look at the example below! Of course, the more money you have, the better… unfortunately :( AMYBEFORE.jpg


One more :)



What do you think? Hope it was helpful!



  1. bardzo pomocny post, podoba mi się kuchnia na pierwszym zdjęciu, ma takie pozytywne kolorym w mojej opinii żółty bardzo pasuje do takiego miejsca ♥


  2. Świetne zdjęcia, kolory w tej pierwszej kuchni - genialne, chciałabym taką mieć! :)

    Zapraszam! :)

  3. I love that "before/after" photos!! Great!

  4. oświetlenie to podstawa nadaje klimat,
    obserwujemy ?

  5. Great tips and I really loove the before/after pics. I will def keep all of this in mind when I go apartment shopping soon ;)



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