Although it may seem like it, decorating your kitchen doesn’t have to cost a fortune. On average, it can cost up to £3,000 to fully decorate your kitchen, which we don’t all have to spare so I have come up with five great, budget friendly ideas on how to achieve the look of a newly decorated kitchen.
Whether you've had your house for years, or you’ve just moved in, this blog will provide you with some easy kitchen decorating ideas on a budget. I will be covering everything from just adding a fresh coat of paint to creating shelf displays.
A fresh coat of paint goes a long way
This first trick may seem obvious, but most people get used to the colour of their walls over time and don’t notice when they start to look dull and outdated. Re-painting your kitchen can make it feel more bright and open and give it that new kitchen feeling.
Before you start this process, make sure to plaster your walls if needed to ensure the paint applies smoothly and looks professional. When it comes to picking the paint, it shouldn’t cost a fortune, Wickes has some great kitchen paint for as little as £8!
I would suggest using a neutral colour to open up your kitchen, this will also allow you to add colour with other décor features without clashing with your walls. As well as this, it will reduce the need to re-paint your walls if you decide to re-decorate with another colour scheme in the future, meaning you can keep your budget low further down the line.
If you’re feeling confident in your painting technique, you could also transform your cabinets to tie in with your newly painted kitchen. Although cabinet paint is available, you can use good quality left over paint to restrict the amount of money you’re spending.
Create a feature wall
A feature wall is a great way to bring life to your kitchen. There are many ways a feature wall can add to your kitchen, for example, by adding just a pop of colour or a pattern into your space it can add detail and life to your kitchen and make it look expensive.
As well as this, feature walls are a great way to draw attention to a specific part of your kitchen. If you have an area you are particularly proud of, such as a dining area that you put a lot of time and effort into, you can draw on it through creating a feature wall behind it.
Wallpaper is the easiest way to add a feature wall as you can get loads of different patterns and colours. A great place to purchase wallpaper is, ilovewallpaper. They have a fantastic sale range if you’re on a budget, with wallpaper from £10. They do a wide range of wallpaper from metallic to minimalist, so whatever you’re style, there will be something for you.
Add some floating shelves
Floating shelves are a great way to decorate your kitchen without taking up too much space or spending too much money. You can get standard, rectangular floating shelves or rounded shelves to add more dimension into your kitchen.
A great way to utilise floating shelves is to add your décor items onto them. Candles and diffusers are great to add simple yet effective details to your shelves, they also make your kitchen smell gorgeous, which is a bonus!
You can acquire great, small décor items from places like B&M, The Range and Wilko that are budget friendly to add to your shelves. The rounded shelves are great for items like this as they don’t offer loads of space for décor features.
As well as this, you can also use them as storage for a more practical approach. By adding tea and coffee canisters onto the shelves, you’re not only utilising the space you have, but also creating a way to show off your kitchen items in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Brighten your kitchen with some greenery
Plants can bring a fresh feeling to your kitchen and act as a great room feature to add some texture and colour into your kitchen in a subtle way.
Personally, I love using rosemary, oregano and basil plants in my kitchen as they brighten the space, smell great and I can use them whilst cooking, so I am getting the most out of my money. I like to position mine on my windowsill so they get optimal sunlight and can be seen from all angles.
If you can’t keep plants alive but still want to add some greenery into your space, not to worry as fake ones work just as well and aren’t so high maintenance.
Fake plants are also great to use in spaces that don’t get direct sunlight to brighten up that area of the room. As well as this, you can buy them in packs to save money, most of them even come with a tasteful plant pot making them even more budget friendly.
Add character with wall prints
An exceptionally easy kitchen decorating idea on a budget is to decorate your walls with prints. Adding prints is a great way to bring an element of character and detail into your space whilst sticking to a budget.
Wall prints come in all kinds of sizes, so you can choose the perfect size to fit your kitchen. An added bonus is that they don’t require you to make space for them so you can add them virtually anywhere in your kitchen.
Now it’s time for you to try these easy kitchen decorating ideas on a budget
Try decorating your kitchen with these ideas and see the amazing results! Whether you try one of these tips or all of them, I guarantee you will find one that works for your kitchen and budget. My biggest tip would be to paint your kitchen in a neutral colour and add elements of colour and texture in other places to ensure you won't need to spend more money than you need to in the future if you decide to re-decorate.