Tampa Tile | Out with the Generic, in with the Authentic: How to Create a Unique Kitchen Design and Stay on Budget
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Out with the Generic, in with the Authentic: How to Create a Unique Kitchen Design and Stay on Budget

Out with the Generic, in with the Authentic: How to Create a Unique Kitchen Design and Stay on Budget

A gorgeous, spacious kitchen is the dream of every homeowner — at least those who spend their time on Pinterest or HGTV. But if you’re on a budget, having a high-end look might seem to be out of reach to you. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’re designing a new kitchen from scratch or upgrading your old one, you can still have a beautiful and unique kitchen on a budget.

The key is in being imaginative and only splurging on what’s essential. There are things you can DIY to get your kitchen looking less generic, while still having an expensive feel. Here’s how to create a unique kitchen design and stay on budget:

Play with Texture in Muted Colors

Color and texture are essentials of design, but they’re the ideal elements where you can break the rules a little. Vary the color slightly off primary color, but keep it muted, and let your textures be the accent of the kitchen. If your cabinets are old, you can easily add a distressed texture to them, combining it with high-gloss or matte surfaces in the other kitchen elements. It will create visual interest and a unique look while still having a put-together feel. Best of all, you can do that on a budget.

Splurge on the Backsplash

The backsplash is one of the most prominent style elements in your kitchen, and as such, it deserves to be extravagant. However, it doesn’t have to be expensive, either. Even if you’re opting for something as simple as off-white subway tile, it can add an air of sophistication and elegance to the design.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a bit bolder, tile backsplash offers plenty of options. You can use hand-finished tiles in a few places to give your kitchen a more artisan look while using less expensive tile for the rest of the backsplash. Mosaic tiles are also a good choice for adding visual interest and drawing the eye.

Flooring on a Budget

Tile flooring doesn’t have to be expensive, depending on what you pick and how you incorporate it into the design. You can use the same tricks as with the backsplash, combining a few different tones to add some character into the look.

Fix Window Treatments and Change the Lights

Finally, there are some small changes you can make in your kitchen that could alter its look and add a breath of fresh air. Window treatments are one of those things. Roller blinds, shutters or curtains are all viable options that could add a much-needed pop of color into a design, or tie everything together.

Light fixtures are also relatively easy to change but capable of adding so much character you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. You can seal in the style with them, whether you’re going industrial, farmhouse, or modern and sleek. Dimmable lighting is also a great choice if you have good task lighting to back you up.


Designing a kitchen on a budget can still be fun and have rewarding results. Remember, that as long as you plan your budget well, you could have a look that you want.