January 19, 2022

POP Design Dilemmas – Kitchen Makeover on a Budget

POP Design Dilemmas – where you send in your space and I tell you what I would do to change it up! Today’s design dilemma comes from Danya who recently purchased her first home (Congrats!). She wanted some design suggestions for a kitchen makeover on a budget. Let’s transform her kitchen and dining area!

From Danya: My name is Dayna and I am a first-time homeowner! I closed in December and have no idea what to do with my kitchen. Personally, I love neutrals and cooler tones and would love your thoughts and insights. I’m looking for any ideas as I have already had trouble picking paint and carpet for the rest of the house. PS, everything in my house was just painted Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams. I’m on a budget here as I’m only 25!

Let’s do a kitchen makeover!

Here is how I would design this space:

  • Create a little dining nook with a small round table and two chairs (you might have room for more)
  • Add in floor to ceiling curtains on either side of the window to make the ceilings appear taller (hand these outside off the window box unit). I would do light filtering to take advantage of all that natural light. They have super inexpensive ceiling curtain runners at ikea.
  • Swap out the light fixtures! You can really show some personality here and bring in that neutral aesthetic.
  • If you are feeling crazy, I would update the cabinets by either sanding and staining or painting them. I think right now they read a little orange next to your floor. BUT that is a huge project! So if you aren’t up for it, you can totally make what you have work. I think the color Alabaster by Sherwin Williams would be perfection.
  • Add in some artwork and fun ceramics to elevate the space. These are the things that can be fun pops of color amongst all your neutrals.
  • Get a low pile neutral rug for the kitchen! This is another way to add some fun personality. You could also add a coordinating running in the hallway into the kitchen and a basket for shoes if that is an entry point for you.
  • Last but not least, have fun with this! It’s your first home! I am so excited for you.


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