One of the top recommendations for adding value to your house is a kitchen upgrade, but you don't have to spend a lot of time or money on it. If you want to refresh your kitchen but can't afford a full-scale remodel, a smart place to start is with tiling a backsplash, which only takes a weekend and can cost as little as $5 per square foot. You can switch out a backsplash without moving cabinetry or appliances, and the sky's the limit in terms of material choices, colors, and patterns. If your kitchen currently only has bare walls, you'll also delight in the easy clean-up a smart backsplash provides.
Keep in mind that the kitchen you love today may be the kitchen you have to sell tomorrow so don't go overboard with colors and design. A common mistake DIY's make in remodels is mixing mosaic tiles with a bold granite pattern. Experts recommend a clean look. A solid color backsplash allows the character of the cabinets and countertops to shine. You don't want design components to compete for attention but to compliment.
A popular choice in beach homes is a soft sea green (as pictured) and available through TileBar.com or GlassTileOasis.com or some choose a solid white porcelain.
Another easy face lift for a kitchen is the island lighting. Just be sure to stay in your lane. If your kitchen is traditional, don't add modern lights and visa versa. Buying new fixtures can be fun and add tons of elegance but again, you don't want the lights to compete for attention. Rather choose lighting fixtures for function and to accentuate the look and feel of your kitchen. Make sure to select lights that allow for at least 100 watts and then add dimmers to create mood when desired.
These two changes can be completed in a couple days for very little expense!