Posted: Apr 09, 2012 8:31 PM
You don't have to spend a small fortune to update your kitchen. This season, add a little springtime flair to your kitchen space with these simple decorating tips.

Start small

You don't need to update your major appliances to make a big impact. Change the small appliances that you generally keep on your countertop -- your toaster, coffee maker, electric mixer, etc. For spring, add a fun punch of color with the KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head Mixer in ice blue, tangerine or green apple.

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Buy the KitchenAid! The wide range of colors alone will make you swoon, not to mention a catalog of attachments for literally everything -- from salsa to grinding.

For a contemporary kitchen, get shiny with chrome pieces. Check out the Krups Silver Art Collection. It features a five-piece breakfast set -- a toaster, espresso machine, coffee maker, tea kettle and juicer -- that combines stainless steel, chrome and wood for a modern look.

For something a bit unusual, we like the modern design of the Bodum Bistro toaster. It comes in fab colors -- our favorite is lime green. At just $50, it's a big bargain.

Let there be light

lightingLighten up your kitchen for spring by swapping out your kitchen curtains for sheer panels instead. You can find sheer curtains at Walmart like the Violet Linen Treasure curtain set for just $25.

Brighten up your work area and eating space with new pendant lighting and under-the-cabinet lights. You can make a statement with colorful pendants over your island, such as the Progress Lighting Illuma-Flex mini pendant lights which are just $25 each at Under-the-cabinet lighting is less expensive than you might think too. This super bright LED under cabinet lighting set features 10 panels and is priced at only $149 at Amazon.

Add floral touches

Bring fresh flowers into your kitchen to add springtime fragrance and color into the room. Also consider accenting one wall with floral wallpaper or wall art.

Wallpaper is "in" again and comes in amazing colors, designs and textures. Get bold with the Graham & Brown Romance wallpaper with big pink flowers on a black background. For something a little more subtle, but still eye-catching, consider their Milly silver floral wallpaper. Each are priced at $60 a roll. You can find inexpensive floral wall art at, like the Sheila Golden "Sunflowers II" canvas art piece which is just $16.

Try an eco-chic backsplash

If you want to do some real remodeling without tearing apart your entire kitchen, add a new backsplash. Right now, eco-chic backsplashes are a fabulous option. Create a colorful kitchen backsplash from recycled glass.

Check out the recycled glass tile available from Glass Title Oasis or the mosaic backsplash tiles at Also don't miss out on the deals on eBay. Trendy Home Deco is just one of the many eBay sellers that offers recycled glass tile.

Install new fixtures

Vintage-inspired faucets in brushed nickel and antique copper have been popular for a few years, but this season, try something new. Changing your kitchen faucet is inexpensive and relatively easy. Choose a chrome faucet in a sleek design for high shine and major impact. Take a look at the Kraus single lever pull-out kitchen faucet in shiny chrome. It's 59 percent off and priced at just $130 at For something simple yet stylish, also consider the Glacier Bay 2-handle kitchen faucet in polished chrome from Home Depot. It includes a side sprayer and it's priced at only $39.

Swapping out your cabinet handles and drawer pulls is also a cheap way to give your kitchen a fresh update. Try Cool Knobs and Pulls for unique hardware at discount prices.

Spring for citrus

Bring a little spring fragrance into kitchen in the form of citrus fruits. Place a bowl of lemons, limes and oranges on your kitchen counter. Also, run some ice and a lemon through your garbage disposal every two weeks to keep it deodorized and smelling fresh.

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Topics: kitchen decor