Home updating ideas
The average kitchen remodel costs a staggering ,856 — and high-end ones average ,909. But you don't need to shell out big bucks to make a big impact in an outdated kitchen.
Whether you've lived in your house for years or you just got the keys, here are some easy ways to give it a refresh: 1. "Changing out cabinetry hardware is one of the easiest and quickest updates," says HGTV's Scott Mc Gillivray, author of .
A brightly colored living room might be your cup of tea, but a neutral clean palette is much more palatable for most buyers."I've seen people use hardware that looks like forks and spoons or mini chickens.Those options are fun, but they get old fast," Scott warns.2. Kristy Kropat, an interior designer based in San Francisco, recently moved into a new home, but she didn't love the kitchen.The countertop was black, so she picked a light gray for the uppers and lime green for the lower cabinets to brighten things up. "Replacing existing doors with glass-paneled ones looks like a major upgrade," Scott says. "If I'm painting a room light gray, I'd add an accent wall that's two shades deeper."5. If you're irked by your kitchen's decades-old light fixture, replace it with a colorful pedant.
"Citrus-like colors — orange, yellow and green — look great in a kitchen," she says. Opt for frosted glass, if you feel like your shelves aren't display-worthy. Since lighting is so important in any room, this one change can totally transform the entire space."The average backsplash is between 10 and 40 square feet." His point: It's an easy-to-tackle area that won't break the bank.