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Designing for Less - The Kitchen

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Designing for Less is a short series about simple fixes and design tips for the budget conscience. We’ll be looking at the kitchen, bathroom, living areas and bedrooms.

Let’s start with what most consider the heart of the home; the kitchen. I’ve seen many clients in the past that had no idea what to with their dated kitchen. They also didn’t want to spend their kid’s college fund, their retirement account or take out a home equity loan either. So what’s in a kitchen? You have appliances, countertops, cabinets and flooring and even windows. Where to start and what to spend? Cabinets and counters can bust a budget, but you still really want to have that ‘wow’ kitchen.

Look at simple things to create a new look. You can paint your cabinets and add hardware. Most discount stores and the large home improvement stores have a hardware section. Choose knobs and drawer pulls that fit your house and your style. Just be aware some can cost about $1.00 and go up from there. Now choose a paint color for your cabinets. Make sure you use a semi-gloss for ease of care. Be sure to do a light sanding to take off any residue or old paint. Then prime and you’re ready to paint! Just know this could have a ‘snowball’ effect. You might want to think about the walls, too.

If you want to accessorize your kitchen there are a few things you can do. Think about changing your towels to something bright and fun or add some kitchen themed art. Find a new canister set, too. You’re only limited by your imagination. But remember, you don’t need to complete this all at once. Just make a design plan and set a goal and you’ll be finished in no time at all.


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Christopher Porikos

Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts. www.christopherporikosdesign.com

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  • Comment Link Kein Thursday, 22 December 2011 00:34 posted by Kein

    Great advise from a very talented interior designer! I know I will be visiting his blog for his learned decorating and money saving tips.

  • Comment Link issy Wednesday, 21 December 2011 20:38 posted by issy

    He is a wondeful designer. He did my home and it's fantastic.....AND he know how to save you money.

  • Comment Link EvaLynn H Green Wednesday, 21 December 2011 18:40 posted by EvaLynn H Green

    I would love to learn all about designing for less. I love to change decor through out the house. THe more I can do for less money is awesome. Do Tell....


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