8 Kitchen Decor and Cooking Trends for Under $50

Easy and inexpensive ways to refresh a kitchen, from new cabinet hardware to mixed metallic hammered bowls.

Entering a new season is always a perfect excuse to freshen up a room.

What makes remodeling the kitchen so challenging is twofold: The fittings (such as cabinets and white goods) are, for better or worse, the focal point of the interior design and must be worked around. Another challenge is that kitchens are an expensive home investment and, like bathrooms, it’s not easy to change the look overnight.

Adding decorative pieces is a happy decor compromise as it allows for a new look without a major overhaul or commitment. These easy add-on pieces include tumblers that sold out multiple times this summer, bold paint made for furniture, and an as-seen-on-TV apron.

Taking the heat, staying in the kitchen

Side effects of binge-watching The Bear include answering “yes chef” to every question and calling for “hands” when the grilled cheese is ready. It’s also led to a run on utilitarian cookware, like navy blue aprons. $16 on Amazon.

Learn how to (but not from Instagram)

The All New Ball Book of Canning

Thinking of canning tomato sauce?

For beginners, it’s important to start with safe instruction, and unfortunately, some food influencers don’t use proper food safety guidelines in their TikToks and Instagram Reels. Instead, use a reliable and proven resource like The All New Ball Book of Canning ($21), Canning and Preserving for Beginners ($9.19 for paperback), and The Homestead Canning Book ($31.77).

Dreamy kitchen decor that doesn’t cost very much

Romantic tumblers amazon

These ornate and romantic tumblers from Amazon have been selling out all summer and are likely to sell out again soon. 6/$35.89 at Amazon.

Salt dish

Salt shakers are being replaced by salt shakers in glass. Since it is a two-pack, one can be used for table salt and the other for Himalayan salt, sea salt or flavored salt. $21 at Amazon.


Mixing metallics is a big trend for 2022, and this hammered bowl comes in both brass and gold for an eye-catching centerpiece. It is currently on sale for $50 on Amazon.

Green with kitchen envy


Sage continues with an in-demand cabinet color, but for those who just want a few accents, sage bowls ($17.99 at Amazon), tea towels ($6 at Simons) and a utensil set ($18 at Simons) scratch the itch without a full kitchen reno.

Textured can

After years of envying meticulously organized pantries dominating our Instagram feeds, minimalist and monochromatic organizers are giving way to patterned and textured tins. It’s a refreshing change from muted whites and grays. $23.10 at Amazon.

Refreshing kitchen cabinets and drawers

Country Chic paint

If the kitchen cabinets are looking tired, the Canadian line Country Chic is a primer/paint that works on wood, laminate and glass and finishes matte (which can be distressed or left as is). With 50 vintage colors like Starstruck (dark navy) and Paint the Town (red), it’s a DIY dream. $16.99 at Amazon.

Half shell handle.

Another quick replacement option is new cabinet handles, but instead of the sleek standard design, these antique-looking shell handles are charming. $18.99 at Amazon.

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