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Can you name the most popular home remodeling project in America?

If you guessed a modern kitchen remodel, you’re right! In fact, 81% of homeowners who tackle a remodeling project start with their kitchen.

Are you tired of that same dated kitchen you’ve been staring at for years — maybe even decades? If that’s the case, we’re here to help with some fresh and inspiring kitchen ideas. Keep reading to learn about making some fast and easy kitchen updates on a budget.

1. Add Decorative Shelves

Let’s face it — none of us have enough storage space in our kitchens. If most of your cabinets are overflowing with cookware, storage bins, or dry goods, it’s time for some kitchen cabinet updates.

The easiest way to create more storage space is with some attractive decorator shelves. Install them over the sink or near the dining area and use the space to showcase your favorite sentimental items or collections. From your exotic spice rack to a row of colorful succulents, this will give your kitchen an instant facelift!

2. Upgrade the Hardware

Does your kitchen still have the same ugly sink and faucet from the 1980s? It’s time for an upgrade! Replace those worn handles, pulls, and knobs with brushed nickel or stainless steel.

What about the sink area? Check out these faucets to see the bright, modern options that are available.

3. Create a Coffee Bar

This one might be our favorite idea on the list: an at-home coffee bar! Make use of that cluttered corner or the unused space under the stairs and transform it into your very own “coffee shop.”

Stick with your current coffee making supplies or, if your budget allows, invest in an attractive espresso machine. Hang your cups and mugs above the coffeemaker or display them on a floating shelf. If you want to go all out, install some accent lighting and a mini-sink.

4. Paint a Splash of Color

Nothing says “blah” like a monochromatic kitchen. With nothing more than a can of paint and a brush, you can reinvent the entire look of your kitchen. Paint one wall, paint your cabinets, or paint everything — see where inspiration takes you!

Choose a soft pastel hue for a pretty vintage, or go bold and ultramodern with a bright pop of cherry red or sky blue. For a Tuscan feel, try combining bright yellows with warm shades of red.

5. Install Pendant Lights

These are terrific upgrades above the sink or kitchen island where you don’t have to worry about the flow of traffic. There’s an endless array of sizes and styles to choose from, from tiny and modern to vintage or industrial designs.

Copper or stainless steel looks fantastic in any kitchen. Or give your kitchen an artsy flair with Venetian glass pendant lights. Some decorators refer to these lights as the “jewelry of the ceiling,” so do some research to see what styles appeal to you.

What Will You Do With Your Modern Kitchen Remodel?

So, which of these suggestions will make it to the top of your modern kitchen remodel list?

Does your kitchen need more color or new hardware? Maybe you love the idea of floating shelves or pendant lights. Whatever you decide, you’re sure to love the results!

Now that you’re equipped with these kitchen update ideas, what’s next? Keep browsing our site for more home inspiration!