Posted by Laura Kornaker in Cincinnati, Home Design

Whether you’re hoping a newly designed kitchen will spark a love for cooking in you or you’re just ready for an updated look in your kitchen, a few affordable upgrades can go a really long way in making you fall in love with your space again!

Copy these 4 kitchen décor design ideas on a budget to breathe new life into your home’s kitchen.

Family Cooking Together in Kitchen

1. Monochrome

The monochromatic trend is a very popular kitchen decorating idea found in many new homes these days. This simple, yet sophisticated look really draws the eye.

Kitchen With Gradient Monochromatic Colors

An added bonus is that any of your décor pieces will really pop against this uniform backdrop. Try statement colors for the place settings at your island or a floral arrangement with a few small accent pieces.

White Monochrome Kitchen

2. Color Contrast

If you’re going for a bit more depth in your kitchen, choose two contrasting colors that really make your kitchen pop.

Kitchen With Dark Cabinets and Light Walls

An easy way to contrast cabinets you already like in your kitchen is to find a fresh, new backsplash.

According to The Globe Post, “If your budget only allows for one update, a new kitchen backsplash may be exactly what your new kitchen makeover needs.”

Kitchen With Dark Backsplash and White Cabinets

If you’re less drawn to more dramatic colors in the kitchen, you can still achieve the contrast approach with neutrals. Pair tan or grey cabinets with white walls and instantly feel your space evolve.

Kitchen With Contrasting Neutrals

3. Luxurious

Metal accents instantly take your kitchen to a whole new level of elegance.

Kitchen With Rich, Dark Colors and Gold Accents

Metallic upgrades aren’t as expensive as they might seem to add to your kitchen. Blogger Carrie Higgins was able to rotate out her kitchen cabinet hardware for under $100.

To match, Carrie advises, “Don’t forget the switch plates, either. That’s the first thing I did in our house when we moved in; they are worth every penny!” See the rest of Carrie’s tips for DIY kitchen upgrades on a budget.

If you’re left with extra in your budget, also consider upgrading your lighting fixtures and/or island seating. These additional partial upgrades will really elevate the space to a new level of luxury.

Luxurious Kitchen Décor

4. Clean and Simple

There are many kitchen design styles, but you can never go wrong with a simple kitchen decoration design style.

White Kitchen With Industrial Design Accents

If you’re looking for a way to avoid clashing styles between other rooms and your kitchen in an open floorplan home, a simplistic kitchen design is a surefire way to fit designs together.

White Kitchen With Natural and Gold Accents

Easily budget for one or two colors to makeover your kitchen, and find a few simple décor pieces such as small plants or wood accents to tie it all together.

Ultimately, make your kitchen work for you. Whatever brings you happiness in your space with the people who matter to you—whether over a home-cooked meal or delivery from your favorite local restaurant—make your kitchen an inviting, welcoming hub people are drawn to make memories in.

Couple Enjoying Breakfast in Kitchen

Feeling like taking on a bigger kitchen project? Learn how to remodel your whole kitchen on a budget.


Laura Kornaker


As the Internet Sales Manager in Cincinnati, Laura's goal is to make your new home investment a smooth and easy process. With her 15+ years' experience in the new home building business, she’ll help you navigate through the best scenarios and opportunities. Laura has lived in Cincinnati for over 20 years and knows all of the best schools, shopping, restaurants, and recreation. She’ll help you find the perfect location and home. She’ll even get you started on financing! Whether you are relocating or local, moving up or downsizing, Laura is the expert to get started with!

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