Photo Gallery: Budget Kitchen Decorating Tips
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The faucet draws a lot of attention and is the most used fixture in the kitchen, so even this single change can make a big difference. Chrome gives a sleek look, or try something trendy like a matte black to add some edge.
This compact kitchen used to be crowded and dysfunctional, with a jumble of cabinets, little storage and a bad layout. A fresh coat of white paint brightens up the space; the island is placed to allow for easy traffic flow and cleverly incorporates a built-in microwave and dishwasher.
In his apartment’s original all-white kitchen, designer Brad Ford uses wood accessories to create a cohesive neutral and white colour scheme. A large movable cart with a butcherblock top provides ample storage in the pint-sized space.
Susan and William Brinson’s kitchen features the same eclectic mix of styles as their bedroom. With a large, open design to accommodate William’s food photography shoots, this rustic-meets-industrial kitchen combines inexpensive countertops, cabinets and a sink from Ikea.
In stylist Heidi Lewis’ rental kitchen, a hanging pot rack acts as a functional ‘chandelier.’ A butcher-block topped island doubles counterspace, and when two stools are added, becomes a casual breakfast spot.
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Heidi fell in love with this chest, acquired through a friend who worked at a university science lab. “Usually I only buy vintage if all it needs is a good scrub,” she says. “But this piece was too good to pass up — I was determined to make it work.” Now it houses linens, flatware and baking utensils. Above, basic Ikea shelves are dressed up with decorative wood brackets.
In this kitchen, oil-rubbed bronze hardware offers contrast against white cabinets. Floor-to-ceiling storage keeps clutter out of sight.
Fresh greenery and stainless-steel appliances offer a modern, airy feeling.
A powder-blue range-style cooker provides a strong shot of colour. Glossy subway tiles help to reflect light back into the room, while oversized reproduction factory lights play with scale.
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In design consultant and stylist Alison Booth’s kitchen, modern hits include chunky Corian countertops and industrial wire pendant lights, while off-cut oak floors and a rough-hewn bowl keep the overall look soft. Rattan bar stools are sleek yet inexpensive.
Senior design editor Cameron MacNeil chose classic white cabinets to contrast with a dark Hanstone countertop and graphic rug. Handmade water-hued tiles add gorgeous texture and shine. Larger industrial-inspired stainless-steel appliances make cooking easier and elevate the look of the generously sized kitchen, while deep drawers for pots on either side of the stove make reaching things easy.
Style expert Michael Penney and his wife Sara wanted a bistro/farmhouse feel, so they painted out their existing cabinetry in a soft blue with a touch of grey. Without the expense of new cabinetry, they could splurge on stainless-steel appliances, an American Standard farmhouse faucet, and Carrara marble counters.
Michael and Sara also chose glossy white subway tiles for the kitchen to keep the attention on open shelving baskets and arrangements. Woven baskets overhead and underneath conceal clutter, and a rolling table is the perfect spot to create a vignette with carafes and plants.
H&H style editor Michael Penney added vintage pottery, hits of copper and weathered herb pots to give this new space a well-used feel.
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Senior design editor Cameron MacNeil’s edgy Marcel Wanders damask wallpaper was a find from a trip to Glasgow. On the adjacent wall, floor-to-ceiling charcoal mosaic tile creates a striking contrast.
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Why go custom when Martha’s new line of kitchens for The Home Depot features architectural corbels, synthetic marble counters and detailed cabinetry? Frosted glass on upper cabinets conceal contents and shelves keep cookbooks within easy reach. Cups and glasses line up on shelves in the same colour as the cabinets.
Exposed rustic planks and beams give this cottage kitchen a dramatic sense of height. The darker wood farm table and chairs break up the monochromatic palette. The undone vibe of the kitchen, complete with linen curtains covering lower shelves instead of closed cabinets, offers even more character.
Homeowners Jane and Jeff Wood were able to splurge on high-end appliances by using Ikea’s Abstrakt and Rubrik systems in lieu of custom cabinetry. A white and steel palette keeps the room bright and fresh, and accessories like a tea towel and stand mixer inject colour and personality.
Rustic baskets above the shelves and a mod ’60s light fixture emphasize the height of style expert Michael Penney’s former kitchen. A wallpaper feature wall also draws the eye up and out to the window view.
The wood in this buffet was in good condition, so Michael made the uncharacteristic decision not to gunk it up with paint. The pegboard — an homage to Julia Child’s kitchen — offers valuable storage space.