Easy Kitchen Upgrades for the Budget Chef at Infina Towers


The best things about condo living in the Philippines, especially in DMCI properties like Infina Towers, are the convenience of city lifestyle and the flexibility of personalizing one’s space.

Love preparing different dishes for your family? Amp up your cooking environment and experience by organizing your condo kitchen and giving it a makeover inspired by stunning kitchen designs on lifestyle TV shows. You don’t have to make drastic and expensive changes to your existing condo kitchen—you can enhance its looks with these nine simple upgrades that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.


Paint your walls and cabinets

Kitchen Cabinets

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Just by painting your walls and cabinets, you can dramatically change your condo kitchen design without having to do major, costly upgrades like replacing the cabinets.

The best colors for any kitchen are warm neutrals, bright colors, and earth tones that boost comfort for the cook and diners. Light blue is a refreshing color that’s great for walls, ceilings, and cabinets. For stimulating the appetite, coat your kitchen walls with red paint. Yellow, which also makes people hungry, brightens up and enlarges any room, making it an excellent choice for small spaces. As for the accent colors, gray and white work well with blue, red, and yellow.


Replace knobs and handles

Kitchen Knobs

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Small things like cabinet handles and knobs can make a huge difference to your kitchen’s appearance. They make easy and low-cost upgrades, too!

Think your kitchen cabinets will look better with a new set of handles? If you’re going for a sleek, modern kitchen design, choose stylish cabinet knobs and handles in stainless steel, brass or crystal. But if you want something vintage, go for bronze, glass, porcelain or wooden pieces.


Create a mini coffee station

Kitchen Coffee Station

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Isn’t it great to start your morning with a good brew? If you can’t live without your daily coffee fix, it’s a great idea to incorporate a small coffee station into your condo kitchen design.

Apart from perking up your kitchen design, brewing a cup of joe in a coffee station produces an aroma that can help remove unpleasant odors from your kitchen.

You won’t sweat buckets setting up your own mini coffee station. Just allot a small space on your countertop for your coffee maker, French press or coffee pot. Add some colorful mugs and coffee beans in a beautiful jar, and you can easily channel your inner barista right in your kitchen.


Add an eye-catching backsplash

Kitchen Backsplash

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A backsplash does double-duty as a lovely backdrop and protective covering for your kitchen wall. Ceramic tiles in various colors and designs are popular choices for backsplashes. If you want something unique and a bit more creative, install mosaic tiles or colored glass panels.

If tile installation sounds intimidating, a simpler option is to paint your backsplash with cool, playful patterns. Be sure to use a moisture-resistant semi-gloss or high-gloss paint so that splatters and stains can be easily wiped off from the backsplash.


Add floating or open shelves

Kitchen Open Shelves

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The bare area above your kitchen cabinets or refrigerator will look more interesting if you install a floating or open shelf or two. Display your collectibles such as ceramics and glasses or place rarely used utensils on the shelves.

Aside from aesthetics, kitchen shelves also add functionality by providing extra storage, making them an essential part of any condo kitchen design.


Add a pop of color

Kitchen Color

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Got some colorful utensils gathering dust in storage boxes? Take them out and display them in your kitchen! Mount some hooks on your kitchen wall where you’ll hang your multi-colored pots, pans, mugs, chopping boards, and ladles. This kitchen design idea won’t cost you much and is enjoyable to do.


Place a decorative rug

Kitchen Rug

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Have you been using a worn-out and tattered oversized shirt or a boring rug in your kitchen? Time to ditch that out and get a new rug that will jazz up your kitchen floor and keep it clean.

To make your small kitchen look bigger, choose a narrow, rectangular or square rug and avoid buying a large one. Choosing the right color for your kitchen rug is quite trickier than picking a size. For one, you have a lot of rug color options, from traditional and neutral to bold and bright hues. Your safest bet is a dark color that conceals dirt and matches the secondary color in your kitchen’s color palette. Whatever you choose, just make sure that your new rug goes well with your overall condo kitchen design.


Get small appliances in attractive colors

Kitchen Appliances

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Want your kitchen to look livelier? Add colorful appliances! Among the hottest kitchen design trends today, colorful appliances defy the conventional kitchen design dominated by stainless steel appliances.

You don’t have to splurge on expensive and huge appliances like refrigerators. Small appliances in vibrant or pastel colors like lime green, orange or yellow can instantly beautify your kitchen. For just a few thousand bucks, you can score a new electric kettle, toaster, food processor or blender. These pieces of kitchen equipment can help you hone your culinary skills, too!


Make a small indoor kitchen garden

Kitchen Garden

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Who says you can’t grow a garden inside a kitchen—with a small space at that? If you love greens and you want to reduce indoor pollution, plant some herbs in your kitchen. Some of the ideal kitchen plants that can thrive indoors are lemongrass (locally known as tanglad), oregano, mint, basil, parsley, and cilantro. Indoor plants can also save you money because you don’t have to buy herb ingredients from the supermarket. Just pick them from your kitchen garden.

See? Upgrading your kitchen doesn’t have to blow your budget and make you do major overhauls. With some simple and low-cost upgrades, you can achieve a stylish interior design for your condo kitchen that you’ll be proud of and will make your cooking experience more exciting than ever.


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