Are you a fanatic when it comes to your home décor?  Are you constantly seeking to improve your living space?  If you answered Yes to both of these questions and you don’t have a big budget to make large-scale renovations, there are changes that you can make that will be significant but won’t cost you a lot.  Since the kitchen is always referred to as the hub of the home, a good place to start when it comes to making some low-cost and effective improvements is certainly in this space.

There is one area of the kitchen that is oftentimes overlooked but it is also an area that, if done properly, will greatly enhance your kitchen’s décor.  This area is known as the backsplash.  It is that area of the wall that runs under your cabinets and above your countertops.  When you really think about it, the backsplash is a small area but whatever you do here will have a big effect on the look of your kitchen.  And the fact that it is a small area means that the material costs shouldn’t be high and you, as a homeowner, may be able to install it by yourself.

So what are the different backsplash options that you have?  Well, there is always paint or textured wallpaper.  Both of these must be washable because the backsplash that borders the oven will become greasy and grimy and must be easily cleaned.  One material that has become popular in the backsplash area is metal.  You can purchase metal sheets in tin, stainless steel, copper, aluminum, and pewter.  If you buy a pair of tin snips you can cut the sheets to fit any area that you have to cover.  Another huge benefit of metal is that it is also easily cleaned with a damp cloth.  Other choices for the backsplash are mosaic tiles, ceramic tiles, and stone.  These three options are more difficult to install on your own but, if you are advanced in DIY projects, you could tackle this type of backsplash.  In the end you want the backsplash to tie in the colors in the rest of the kitchen and have a dramatic effect on the décor in this space.

Another extremely economical but environment-changing upgrade is to install soft close cabinet hardware.  You wouldn’t necessarily think that installing hardware can make a dramatic change to your kitchen, would you?  Well, believe me, it does!  My wife and I installed small soft close adaptors at the edge of each of our kitchen cabinets, and the difference they have made in this space is spectacular.  One thing that you probably never really notice is banging cabinets.  That is, until they don’t bang anymore.  The installation is simple. One screw is all it takes to secure each adaptor and there is only one per cabinet.  We are very happy with this frugal upgrade to our kitchen.

Make a difference in your kitchen with some minor yet highly impactful upgrades in your kitchen.  Consider a new backsplash and soft close hardware for your cabinets.  You won’t have to pay a kitchen contractor and you’ll be proud of your DIY accomplishments!