Good Question: Affordable, Temporary 'Fix' For Kitchen?

Good Question: Affordable, Temporary 'Fix' For Kitchen?

I have recently purchased my first home, a 1950's brick ranch that hasn't been updated since the '80's. We are spending what little money we have left on restoring the hardwoods to their former glory and other more pressing concerns; however, the kitchen is giving me fits. Right now it is a dingy, beige nightmare. In a few years, we plan to do a full kitchen renovation with new appliances and the whole shebang. Until then, though, I have to live with it...

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The kitchen is fairly large. There is a big beige breakfast nook to viewer's right with the shabby chic flower chandelier that I can't decide whether to love or hate. The countertops are beige laminate with a faux wood edging. The beige cabinets are the exact shade as the walls and floor. The only "color" is the black handles and hinges on the cabinets. As far as the wall color, I'm leaning towards a rusty, earthy orange. In general, I prefer warm tones in a kitchen. What can I do breathe some life into this mess--- that won't break the bank? Thanks so much! Margo

If you don't want to venture down the paint-the-cabinets path (honestly, yours look like they're in good shape), we think all this kitchen needs is a pop of color on the walls and a big, grounding high traffic-friendly rug. If you're into warm tones, we'd suggest a soft buttery yellow or possibly a bright cranberry red (something with a dash of blue in it) to compliment the mix of white and black appliances and hardware. It's hard to tell in the pictures how much wall space there is to paint, but we might also suggest painting the backsplash to break up all the beige.

Rugs do wonders for bad flooring. A nice deep gray or a neutral colored stripe would look incredible here. We love FLOR's House Pet or Fedora tiles in a kitchen because they are great at hiding dirt and easy to clean. We'd suggest spray painting the chandelier — its got good bones but the colors are a bit dated. High gloss black or white would look lovely!

Anyone else?

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