If your existing appliances work well, forgo new, costly replacements. "Consider putting a new panel over your current refrigerator door," Costa suggests. But don't squander the potential to increase the kitchen's functionality for the sake of cost, she adds. If a new dishwasher or a convection oven will make life easier, take the plunge and invest in that new appliance.
As seen on season one of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson maintained the antique charm of this century-old kitchen by filling the space with vintage china, brass flower vases and pretty blue and white floral wallpaper.
Baskets add natural texture and warmth to kitchens, and can make even a large space feel cozy and intimate. In this kitchen, designers with Moda Floors and Interiors stacked an assortment of baskets at one end of the island for instant farmhouse charm.
To give this contemporary kitchen a unique and edgy feel, designers Cortney and Bob Novogratz integrate industrial vintage pieces, like the rusty red rolling cart and metal shop stools, as well as thrift store accessories.
This spacious kitchen from the 2009 HGTV Dream Home combines the look of traditional cabinets with state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances. Twin refrigerators, dishwashers, wine cabinets and islands make entertaining a crowd effortless in this traditional-meets-modern cooking space. The room features a convenient pantry and space for dining.
This lively white kitchen features Alice in Wonderland inspired decorations positioned amongst multiple cake stands. A fuchsia hutch with a green tile backsplash sits just off the main counter area, adding a pop of color to the space.
This kitchen channels both Spanish and Mexican styling with colorful walls, shelves and pottery. The large metallic mirror hanging over the range is a statement piece that brings more light and space to the room. Designer Emily Severinsen chose a deep orange wall color and carried it through to the pottery, which holds a variety of kitchen utensils. The green tea color on the range hood and cabinets is a refreshing contrast against the bold, rustic metal tile backsplash and cultural artwork. Natural elements like the sabino wood kitchen island and wooden ceiling beams add a country look, while the black modern stools rejuvenate the space. The oversized antique mirror makes the kitchen feel larger and more open.
The hallway to the kitchen is covered in a rich blue and white wallpaper that highlights the lightly patterned design of the wall itself. The cool colors of the hall are a beautiful contrast leading into the warm, red brick kitchen.
The Christmas decor in this kitchen is subtle, but so stylish! A black-and-white graphic Christmas tree decorates the wall behind the range. Wintry touches like polar bears, snowflakes and fir sprigs add personality in unexpected places.
A light tile backsplash provides striking contrast against the rich wood cabinets in this earth-toned kitchen. Sleek wood shelves set into the cabinetry display decorative accents, bringing personality to the space.