From Target to IKEA: Everything You Need for a Kitchen Makeover

Updated 06/19/19
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Whether we're talking about an impressive cheese platter or enviable interiors, everything in the kitchen boils down to presentation. To truly appreciate a hunk of delicious cheese in all its aged glory as well as the gorgeous countertops and accents you've sprinkled throughout the space, it needs to be aesthetically pleasing and tidy. But take cheese out of the equation and focus on kitchen style for now. What's the one ingredient required to achieve a photo-ready kitchen, regardless of your personal taste? Chic storage solutions.

In fact, one of the best ways to amplify the room for better feng shui and cooking is to clear away the clutter from your countertops. With this in mind, we came up with six kitchen cabinet makeover ideas that will satisfy a variety of interior design styles as well as home sizes. The best part? We chose items from IKEA, Target, Anthropologie, and a few other affordable online shops so you can achieve the perfect kitchen presentation without breaking the bank. Whether you're working with a studio or a mansion, we hope the updates below help you display or store your cookware in style.

Repaint With a Bold Color

Green Kitchen Cabinet
Studio McGee

We love the artful tiles and retro appliances in this Spanish kitchen, but the real showstoppers are the green cabinets. This moody color is softened up by the white paint and blond wood open shelving as well as the oatmeal-hued drapes. Plus, the brass knobs and lighting dress up the space to make it feel slightly formal without stealing the show. So go ahead and give your cabinets a fresh coat of paint that anchors the room without overwhelming it. Pro tip: If drawer space is particularly precious, use use a magnetic knife holder instead of a butcher block.

Use Metalic Hooks

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover
Nicole Franzen

Ready to take notes from this Scandinavian kitchen? Smooth wood surfaces, open shelving, and push-open cabinets are a minimalist's dream. Another stylish way to eliminate clutter is by hanging your pots, pans, and mugs on metallic hooks. This will not only open up your counter space but also allow your coolest cookware to double as décor.

Add Stylish Hardware

Beautiful Kitchens
Alyssa Rosenheck

With bright white cabinets, a marble tile backsplash, and metallic ventilation hood, this kitchen has a lot to offer, storage space included. The classic hardwood floors and pretty peach area rug soften and warm up space so that it's open and clean without feeling sterile. Though we love the bigger features in the room, we'd be remiss to ignore the attention to details like those simple but chic silver square cabinet knobs.

Use Tasteful Handle Pulls

Contemporary Kitchen
Amy Bartlam ; DESIGN : Jette Creative

All-white interiors can feel drab when there's not another element of texture brought in. This is a prime example of all-white done right. In fact, it boasts a casual elegance that looks like it should be on a beach in California. The best part about these kitchen cabinets is that they take a backseat without looking boring or unfinished. Indeed, their simplicity allows us to focus on the rich texture like the marble backsplash, wicker planter, and concrete table frame. For a similar cabinet situation, we recommend trying brass handle pulls with clean lines that enhance a space instead of overpowering it.

Install Open Shelves

Dream Kitchens
Catherine Kwong Design

This kitchen is farmhouse cool at its best. We love the simple yet bold color scheme, which still looks classic because of the traditional subway tiles and tidiness. If you don't want to get too experimental with color like we recommended with our first tip, opt for a moodier neutral like this steel blue. Painting your cabinets in one strong color will make the entire room look so much more cohesive.

If you're still lacking storage space (or even if you just want a great way to display photos or other small décor), install some exposed shelving.

Display Your Favorites

Country Kitchens
Tessa Neustadt

This kitchen has a decidedly French feel to it. We particularly love the brassy hood, which is accented by that cute teapot in the corner. Though it gives an initial impression of formality, the light open shelving and rustic hardwood floors make it much more approachable and laid-back. This balanced atmosphere, as well as the easy access to cookware and serveware, is perfect for anyone who frequently cooks or hosts guests.

Does this inspire you to do a kitchen cabinet makeover? Let us know our favorite looks and what you plan to try at home in the comment section below.

Peg and Awl Wood and Brass Knife Grabber $138
IKEA Sektion Green Base Cabinet With Drawers $188
Sir Madam Brass S-Hooks $100
Way Basics Eco Storage Shelf $69
My Knobs Tapered Square Knob $19
Crosley Alexandria Kitchen Island $312
ClosetMaid Pantry Cabinet $59
Anthropologie Westmore Handle $12
IKEA Valviken Dark Blue Drawer Front $20
CB2 3-Piece Floating Large Matte Black Shelf Set $249
Anthropologie Burnished Metal Floating Shelf $198
IKEA Stenstorp Kitchen Island $399

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