Replace the countertop
The simplest of all easy kitchen updates may not be the most economical but carries the biggest impact. There are some lovely laminates you can source that look like stone but come at a fraction of the cost.
Start with daylight
In any room your eye is drawn to the daylight source: one of the easiest cheap kitchen updates is to add a themed decal to the window, or decorative curtains that won’t mind the odd splash to add some colour.
Add some lowlight
It’s surprising how low-level lighting can make a kitchen feel warm and more interesting. Add a pendant light over the work surface or island if you have one, and small fluorescent strips under the cabinets.
Paint the cabinets
Some simple low budget kitchen designs can be achieved with very little outlay. A fresh coat of semi-gloss wipe-down paint will bring a new life and a new colour scheme to brighten up your kitchen.
Update your appliances
One of the most effective kitchen updates on a budget is to replace your small appliances like kettle, toaster, chopping boards and even washing up bowl in a matching bold colour like scarlet, royal blue or emerald green.
An antique touch
If you have a Saturday morning to spare, have a browse around your local antique market. You can often find really lovely plates to make an individual wall feature, or old-fashioned jugs to give character to your utensil pots.
Colourful tea towels
We often live with our old stock of tea-towels without realising how tired-looking they have become. A complete overhaul and replacement with brightly coloured fresh tea-towels will make a strong contribution to your kitchen colour scheme.
An accent wall
One way to give the impression of a complete makeover without doing very much at all is to paint one wall in an accent colour. Make it several shades darker than your overall colour scheme for the best impact.
Add a dash of colour with a new tiling splashback. It’s a small area to cover, so you can splash out on tiles that you love without breaking the bank. Choose them to tone with your overall colour scheme.
Brighten your daylight source with colourful new curtains and include mid-level lighting under cabinets and pendant lamps.
Think small – new cabinet doors, new colour-coordinated appliances or a small area of new tiling splashback all add a fresh touch that will feel like a real kitchen update for a modest outlay.