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Home Remodeling Improvement -15 Kitchen Design Ideas Under $10,000

Updated on June 6, 2020

15 Kitchen Design Additions Under $10,000

The kitchen is the gathering spot in every home. Kitchen remodeling can be extremely expensive and time consuming. Reports indicate that kitchen renovations under $10,000, the return on investment is over 90%! Do you have limited dollars for kitchen remodel? Can you provide the labor for the new designs? If so, you are at the right place. These 15 design ideass are all affordable - many are do it yourself projects with a nominal learning curve...yet all 15 can offer a great boost to the appeal of your kitchen. Journey with me as we explore the 15 different options complete with numerous photos to get your design ideas flowing. Be sure to comment and share with us your ideas.  We desire to learn from your knowledge and experiences.  You are the expert - living in the kitchen day to day.

#15 Kitchen Design Idea - Decorate - Add Porcelain Plates

Remodeling Design Idea - Add Porcelain Plates
Remodeling Design Idea - Add Porcelain Plates | Source

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Porcelain Kitchen Back Splash
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#15 Kitchen Design Idea Update Decorate Your Kitchen with Porcelain Plates

Decorating with porcelain plates only makes sense in a kitchen. The motifs are almost endless although flowers seems to have a massive following. I have three porcelain plates that have an orchid motif that matches my kitchen exceptionally well. The main item here is to match your motif and your color scheme.

The photo above here showcases a kitchen design that took the cabinets to the very top with extensive molding but also decorated their kitchen window with both plates and drapery. Very inventive!

Decorating with porcelain plates looks grand and yet it is very simple. Kudos to the genius who combined the drapery with the plates and put the total design together as seen above. Add in your special motiff and you have a sure design winner!

#14 Kitchen Design Idea - Decorate Update with Switch Plates

This is perhaps my favorite decorating item. It is always in the details that decorating counts and the switch plate is a simple change out even I can do. Again find a motiff that works for your personal tastes and kitchen design.

I have a friend who loves roosters. Her kitchen is very country complete with the copper counter tops but the crowning glory is her coordination of the roosters complete to the switch plates. Makes a simple but elegant statement and completes her kitchen design.

#13 Kitchen Design Idea - Add Wine Racks

The wine racks offer practical storage plus a decoration that is very appropriate in the kitchen. The variety of wine rack is almost endless - from under the cabinet completely hidden with only the glasses showing to the wood racks that coordinate with your cabinets to small pieces of furniture that you can add a small side table to your kitchen.

I love the small piece of furniture IF you have room. What a great touch for setting off the kitchen - offering practical storage that is elegant too. Again a simple addition to complete your kitchen design. From french designs to the contemporary - the wine butlers come in handy and are visually delightful too!

Wood with White

Kitchen Remodeling Idea
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#12 Kitchen Design Idea - Combine Wood Flooring and White Cabinets

Old cabinets can come back to life with a simply coat of white paint. Take special care with the hinges and hardware. Careful spray painting is the recommended procedure. Add a wood floor and you are set to go! Look at the gleam of the wood floor against the brightness of the white cabinets - dynamic style on a reasonable budget. The cost savings is recycling your old cabinets.

Afraid of wood floors in the kitchen? Don't be - there isn't the high exposure to moisture like the bathroom. I had wood floors for years and two massive dogs and the maintenance was nominal.

Care is Always Warranted

Of course, care is always warranted as with tile or wood or almost any floor finish. I have seen cans dropped and the linoleum torn. The denting of the wood floor from such as drop of a can be refurbish with sanding. Water dishes for animals will need a different home but other than that your wood flooring is a great option for the kitchen.

White Cabinets Not Your Choice? Consider A Decorative Glaze

Consider the beauty of glazing your existing cabinets. This option retains the beauty of your wood but updates the look. While you are doing this you might consider adding 42" high cabinets just to a few of your existing cabinets.

Take out the soffit - install a few taller cabinets and glaze in your chosen color and then you have a completely new kitchen without the expense and time of a complete renovation.

Take One Element to the Top

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#11 Kitchen Design Idea - Take Cabinets to the Top

Changing out the top cabinets and extending the height to 42" is a pricey project but well worth the effort. Note, the bottom cabinets and island often can be retained. It is the drama of removing the soffit and adding the tall cabinets that gives that updated look that everyone is clamoring for. Yes, it is the messiest and the largest of all design ideas but look at the impact it can have on your kitchen.

Add In Upper Cabinets that are 42" Tall

And if you match or coordinate with the other cabinets and do all of the labor yourself, the likelihood of staying under the magical $10,000 is greater. Keep your eye on the prize, the return may be upwards of 90% if you spend wisely.

Kitchen Design Idea - Take it to the Top

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#10 Kitchen Design Idea - Update Your Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

If the new upper cabinets don't work within your budget parameters, don't worry, there are still options left. Cabinet hardware makes a major statement for kitchens. Updating your knobs and your pulls is one of the best remodeling projects there is. Simply, relatively affordable with tons of impact. Remember, you can also try for whimsical hardware too.

If you are in a resort community, look to that theme and add in a nautical theme. Likewise, if you are in hunting territory, pick up on that theme and fly with it. Whimsical is not just fun and creative - it can be very tasteful too. Carefully consider your choice and calculate your needs. The number of knobs and pulls adds up quickly - I don't want you taken by surprise. The saying, measure twice cut once almost holds true here - only count twice and multiply to make sure you know your expenses.

Kitchen Add a Great Light

Kitchen Remodeling Idea - Add a Great Light
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Kitchen Remodeling Idea - Add a Great Light
Kitchen Remodeling Idea - Add a Great Light | Source
Kitchen Remodeling Idea - Add a Great Light
Kitchen Remodeling Idea - Add a Great Light | Source
Kitchen Remodeling Idea - Add a Great Light
Kitchen Remodeling Idea - Add a Great Light | Source

#9 Kitchen Design Idea - Add a Great Light

bs are High style lighting designs that are now readily available at home improvement and hardware stores. The hard part with lighting is to make sure you plan for the light you need without excessive energy usage. The recommendations designers always make is to "think about how you use your space" combine your usage with the overall character you wish to exude from the room. Double-check your design choices with special consideration to shadows. If you are standing and blocking your light source, this will not only be frustrating but also a safety hazard for your home. Consider the distance of the lamp to the surface. Halogen light bulbs were much loved but in some circumstances, it can be hot and glaring. With the new LED technology, there are safer and more efficient options.

Chandelier Rule of Thumb

The rule of thumb for chandeliers is 5 feet off the ground - this is true for all ceiling heights. The number of arms and the number of lights combined with the wattage of the bulbs may allow that one light fixture to be your main source of light. Carefully calculate the wattage and consider the convenience of adding a dimmer switch to give you complete control.

Single Light Fixture - Big Impact

Look at the variety of options given to the right and see what a big difference just one light fixture makes with that room.

Vintage light fixtures work very well in this space. Add a special glow with a piece of history from long ago. Coordinate the metal with your new cabinet hardware and you will be sure to bump up the charm factor of your kitchen.

Recessed Lighting

One of the best investments I ever made was adding recessed lighting to my vaulted ceiling in both the kitchen and the great room. The impact was dramatic both day and night. Best yet, I had the light that I needed where I needed. Luckily there was sufficient attic space in that vaulted ceiling - word of caution - not all vaulted ceilings will provide that space. A great addition in combination with the chandelier.

Kitchen - Microwave in a Drawer

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#8 Kichen Design Idea - Add Microwave in a Drawer

Free up your counter space with a microwave in a drawer. In a drawer - yes - in a drawer!

Consider the added convenience and safety. For family members of all heights, this is a great new option and wonderful convenience.

A safety factor perhaps for children? If the plate is hot - it simply drops back into the drawer. Mothers with children - what are your thoughts on this new invention?

At present, this new appliance is rather pricey (as the introduction of new novel items often are) but the price may be overshadowed by the benefits. If counter space is a premium, this might make a great addition.

"Millennia Microwave In-A-Drawer has a unique drawer configuration that increases installation possibilities and offers much improved safety than standard built-in microwaves."

If this option for the microwave doesn't work for you, check out other options - Where to Put That Microwave?!

Ktichen - Add Spice Rack Drawers - Slim Line Style

Spice Rack in a drawer style or pull out cabinet
Spice Rack in a drawer style or pull out cabinet | Source

#7 Kitchen Design Idea - Add Spice Rack Drawers

Kitchens need storage. Adding drawers is a great addition to an island or replacing a cabinet.

Drawerd can hold utensils, hot pads, place mats and more.

Most kitchen designs are lacking in storage - and especially in usable and convenient storage. Take your storage options up a notch and add a section for more drawers.

Better yet, add a drawer specially designed for spices.

Spice Rack Pull Out or Drawer Like Cabinet

My best friend just installed two of these - just as shown in the photo - one on either side of the stove. What a great use of space with convenient access in mind for the busy chef.

Don't wish to mettle with the cabinets - check out the additions to the interior of your existing cabinets.  These helpful shelves are efficient and cost effective too!

Built In and Wood Clad Refridgerator

Kitchen Wood Refrigerator Door
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Kitchen Wood Refrigerator Door
Kitchen Wood Refrigerator Door | Source
Kitchen Wood Refrigerator Door
Kitchen Wood Refrigerator Door | Source

#6 Kitchen Design Idea - Built in Refridgerator

I love the look of the seamless cabinets and facing the refrigerator with matching cabinet fronts. This may be one of the most expensive design ideas but look at the impact. From white cabinets to full wood, the design of the kitchen simply flows giving continuity throughout the entire space.

What can custom refridgerators do:

  • "Custom match ANY cabinet design-look.
  • Panels are available in virtually ANY Real Wood, such as: Oak, Cherry, Hickory, Maple
  • New Overlay Panels available - Trimless, All-Wood look
  • NEW One Piece Frame with Architectural/Contoured elegant Tubular Handles, allows for the installation of Recessed Wood Panels on ANY Model refrigerator/dishwasher.
  • NEW One Piece Frame secures to door without drilling/screws and is Load-bearing. Wood panels do not need to be secured to door with adhesives.
  • Wood Panels are shipped Ready to Stain and Install
  • Standard Wood Types: Oak, Cherry, Hickory, Maple"

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Kitchen - Add a Skylite

Kitchen Skylight
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Kitchen Skylight
Kitchen Skylight | Source
Kitchen Skylight
Kitchen Skylight | Source

#5 Kitchen Design Idea - Add a Skylight

Natural light is another great addition to a kitchen. Plan ahead with your light fixture and you will have the right amount of light - day or night. Consider the round tubing skylights also - they are simple and relatively inexpensive and yet they deliver a beam of light right where you planned it. Wonderful for shady settings.

Skylights work well in most any kitchen and any ceiling type. The size and positioning has to be carefully considered.  A skylight doesn't have to be large to make a big impact - the daylight will provide the impact - leave that to Mother Nature.

#4 Kitchen Design Idea - Add Glass Cabinets

Glass Kitchen Cabinets
Glass Kitchen Cabinets | Source
Maple Kitchen Cabinets
Maple Kitchen Cabinets

#4 Kitchen Design Idea - Add Glass Cabinets

Glass cabinets in the kitchen remind me of a little bit of dining room elegance.  Yes, you have to keep it need or have the glass camouflaged but the architectural effect is pure charm.  A little glass goes a long way.  Look at those photos and you will note, adding glass fronts is restrained and yet it works exceptionally well to add character to the kitchen space.

Kitchen - Consider Concrete Flooring

Kitchen Idea - Acid Stain Concrete
Kitchen Idea - Acid Stain Concrete | Source
Kitchen Idea - Died and polished concrete
Kitchen Idea - Died and polished concrete | Source

# 3 Kitchen Design Idea - Concrete Flooring

Concrete flooring in the kitchen is exceptionally practical and can coordinate well in many settings.  Be careful, this gleaming flooring alternative is not for everyone.  Remember beyond your cabinets and counter tops, your kitchen floor makes the third biggest impact. 

Check Concrete for Your Comfort

OK, you like the look, have determined concrete flooring is a possibility for your home, now take it for a test run.  Yes, take off your shoes and try it out.  Make sure this is comfortable for your stocking feet.  Also, check out the noise from your rubber soled shoes.  This option is not for everyone but has a great polished appeal.

Concrete Flooring Will Wear Well

Unlike most other flooring choices, concrete will wear well.  If you are a busy cook, have a busy family and need the lowest possible maintenance choice, this may be a great option for you and your family.  Fantastic on both durability and maintenance.

Add Halogens Lights

Halogen Lighting To Your Kitchen Flooring - Footing
Halogen Lighting To Your Kitchen Flooring - Footing | Source
Halogen Above the Kitchen Cabinet
Halogen Above the Kitchen Cabinet | Source
Halogen Under the Cabinet
Halogen Under the Cabinet

#2 Kitchen Design Idea - Add Halogen Lights

Halogen lights are a great addition to any room. Halogen is especially well suited to the kitchen because of the task lighting is needed. A brighter more focused light cannot be found that can outshine halogen.

Halogen Lights in the Base Cabinets

Beyond a task light, haolgen lights also work well in the base cabinets can add a special glow at night - allowing ease of passage.

Halogen Task Lights

Whether you choose the halogen light to be from the ceiling, under the cabinet or even at the floor, the halogen light will make a major statement in your kitchen. What a great update!

Study Lighting Design

Before you take the leap into lighting, here are a couple of professional tips. Remember the kitchen is more than just beauty and skin deep, it must function well for you and your family.  Remember halogen may not be a long term economical way to light your kitchen.  Here are some facts to consider:

"The kitchen is more than just a place to cook and eat. It often serves as the administrative and the social center of the home. Because it opens for business before dawn and closes long after sunset, the kitchen uses a lot of energy for lighting. That makes this room an important place to use efficient lighting. In a new kitchen or a remodel, you have the perfect opportunity to create a highly efficient lighting system.

In their 1994 trend survey, the National Kitchen and Bath Association reported that typical incandescent lights were used in 62 percent of the kitchen jobs. Fluorescents were used in only 45 percent. This indicates ample opportunity to use more fluorescents in kitchen projects. Currently, fluorescent lights are the most efficient source of light suitable for residential use. Full-size fluorescent lamps, often called "tubes," convert electricity to light with four times greater efficiency than typical incandescent lamps.

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are two to three times more efficient than incandescents. Their smaller size makes them easier to fit in places normally occupied by incandescents. Recently, manufacturers have introduced 35- to 40-watt CFLs with light output similar to a 150-watt incandescent."

#1 Kitchen - Add a Marble Floor

Marble Kitchen Flooring
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Marble Kitchen Flooring
Marble Kitchen Flooring | Source
Marble Kitchen Flooring
Marble Kitchen Flooring | Source

#1 Kitchen Design Idea - Add Marble Flooring

Marble flooring for the kitchen is high maintenance. Marble, I am advised, will stain easily. It is a high maintenance option perhaps best suited to the bathrooms. Yet, marble flooring makes a grand statement. Remember what we said, the cabinets and the counter tops and the flooring are our largest design elements in a kitchen. Accidents happen in the kitchen from cans being dropped to animals and the list goes on. Marble may be a grand choice but with some possible red flags to consider closely.

Love the Look of Marble - Yet Need to Mitigate the Red Flags - Tumbled Marble To the Rescue

Tumbled marble may be your answer. Many of the disadvantages of marble can be mitigated by "tumbled marble". Read why from the experts:

"One such marble type that offers most of that is the "tumbled" marble. It not only is durable enough to handle breakage, but is also resistant enough that it can handle the possible stains and damage with minimal support, but this does not mean that you can just leave a spill on it. You still need to take care of the marble flooring regardless of its ability to resist stain.

However, these are not the only characteristics that make tumbled marble so appropriate for kitchen flooring. This type of marble is considered as appropriate for an area such as the kitchen due to the fact that tumbled marble has a less slippery finish, thereby reducing the chances of accidents due to slips from happening. "Honed" marble is also less slippery, due to its dull, matter surface. However, this type of marble is more susceptible to stains and abrasions, making it a problem to have in the kitchen."

15 Kitchen Design Ideas Under $10,000

In these times of frugality, we still deserve a delight. Updating your kitchen, will serve the most the most active room in your home. More importantly, making improvements gradually with your own labor and under the $10,000 threshold, research has proven will return 90% of your expenditure. It doesn't take a complete kitchen makeover to make your home more attractive to home buyers. It does take research and thought and great care.

This is a big topic, I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences. What do you feel makes the best possible kitchen design? What offers the highest possible return. As a buyer what do you like and dislike? Do you prefer an updated kitchen complete with all the bells and whistles or do you want to add your own updates? There is no right or wrong answer. The only item is your personal interest. We live with the kitchen day in and day out - how do we want to live? What best serves our lifestyles and our families' needs?

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    • CelebrateUSA profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Kline 

      7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois


      The drawer is much more practical and more aesthetically pleasing. Saving space in a kitchen in critical. Our next kitchen will definitely have the microwave in a more convenient spot.

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      Catherine Taylor 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I love the idea of the microwave drawer, so much more practical and such a space saver. Some great ideas in this hub.

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      9 years ago

      Regular home improvement and renovations will surely make your current living conditions more favorable. People do not easily notice that some areas of the house needs improvement. In the long run, regular maintenance will reduce the serious structural damages to your property.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      9 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Oh, I hope I gave you some great ideas for that perfect kitchen.

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      Carrie L Cronkite 

      9 years ago from Maine

      Beautiful! Saving up for my dream kitchen!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      9 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      @Metal Roofing and Repairs,

      You make an excellent point. I too love the wine racks. My old house I put in glass holders to break up the space on the long bank of cabinets. Thanks so much for contributing!

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      Metal roofing and repairs 

      9 years ago

      The wine racks are the best option for decorating a wine flowers home.I loved these wine racks.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      9 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Aren't the kitchens amazing. Yes, budgets are limited, often it is simply the little stuff - the porcelain switch plates, the cabinet hardware - these make a big difference too - thank you for stopping by.


      The highest compliment is a bookmark! Thank you very much my friend.

      @Ronald Hart,

      You are absolutely correct! I love painted wood cabinets - it keeps the texture but allows the reflection of more light. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      Ronald Hart 

      9 years ago

      Very creative ideas! Other ideas are painting the cabinets or putting in new flooring. Both will dramatically change the appearance of your kitchen and are budget friendly.

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      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good information. I believe this hub useful for us. I'll bookmark this one and shown this to my mom. Thanks for share with us.


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      10 years ago

      I love to have such an amazing kitchen but my budget is not that high:(

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      10 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      I didn't think about the hinges - great tip! Thank you!


      Thank you for stopping by and sharing. I know the kitchen remodeling price tag is beyond belief. The "formula" is said to be 2% of your home value - I don't believe this one - although the appliances alone just take the investment through the roof. Wow! $60,000! Ouch!

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      10 years ago

      These are wonderful ideas. My daughter is in the midst of redoing her kitchen and it is costing her over $60,000

    • readabook profile image


      10 years ago from Texas

      You really do have some clever ideas that people don't always think of. We repainted our cabinets and replaced the ugly painted hinges with hidden hinges and got rid of door and drawer pulls completely for a sleeker look.


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