Walk into any big-box home store and you'll be confronted with a dizzying array of choices: ceiling fans shaped like palm leaves, cabinets made of wood, metal or melamine, and placemats in every shape and hue. When you're on a budget, choosing a décor style at the beginning of your project will help you narrow your choices and spend wisely.
Start by considering your personality. Do you prefer bold colors, pastels or neutrals? Light wood, dark wood, metal or stone? Ornamental accents or simple, clean lines? It may help to rifle through a few magazines and tear out photos of kitchens you like.
Next, consider the limitations of your space. Adding chrome and glass knickknacks will not magically make your avocado appliances appear modern, for instance. On the other hand, those outdated eyesores will shine as repurposed, retro centerpieces for a space decorated in period style.
Finally, explore various decorating styles to find one that fits your personality without being at odds with your space. From traditional to Tuscan, the sky is the limit when it comes to decorating. Once you've selected your style, use it to help you inform the molding, color, storage and lighting choices we talk about in the next pages.