Budget-Friendly Kitchen Updates From Expert Designers

We asked. They answered. Expert designers share what to buy if you only have $200.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionDesigner Rouzita Vahhabaghai suggests installing under-cabinet lighting, which adds warmth to any kitchen and highlights a beautiful backsplash. (Photo by Maxwell Mackenzie.)

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Rouzita Vahhabaghai, Ita Design:
In addition to changing cabinet door hardware and a fresh coat of paint, the backsplash is where you can make the most dramatic impact in a kitchen.

Try one of these options to update your backsplash:

  • Chalkboard and whiteboard paints come in an array of colors. However, the basic black chalkboard paint behind any cabinet creates a simple, clean look by adding contrast and depth to a kitchen.

  • Wallpaper has come a long way with an endless assortment of patterns and finishes like vinyl for easy cleaning/removal.

  • Laminates include a brushed stainless steel finish to give the look of stainless without the cost.

  • Another way to achieve a sleek look is to paint the backsplash wall a bold color and cover it with a panel of glass or Plexiglas. Fabrics or wallpaper can also be applied instead of paint.

  • Porcelain tiles can be cost effective and come in a range of patterns, mosaics and textures.

For a more open look, extend the backsplash up the wall and replace bulky upper cabinets with shelves that will expose a beautiful collection of dishes and glassware.

Check out more of Rouzita's modern design style on Designers' Portfolio.