Most people can only dream of doing a complete kitchen renovation as the project can put a considerable dent in one’s wallet. In fact, a study has found that most Americans spend anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 for their kitchen renovation. While having a refreshed cooking space can be a welcome update to any home, there are other ways to give your kitchen a makeover without spending a fortune. One of these is to create an unusual focal wall to modernize your kitchen or give it some drama. Most people already have focal or accent walls in their living room, but there’s no reason why your kitchen can’t have one too. By adding unique and colorful wall décor and other extras, you can have an eye-catching wall that’s sure to impress your family and friends. Here are a few ways to create a unique focal wall to refresh your kitchen.

Install an ethanol fireplace

When thinking about elements to include in a focal wall, consider having just one statement piece to make the wall stand out in your cooking and prep space. An ethanol fireplace is just the thing to add drama to a generic space. The best thing about this type of fireplace is that you don’t need a chimney as it doesn’t give off smoke or fumes. Moreover, it’s safer than a typical fireplace as you only need ethanol fuel to feed the flames. Installing an ethanol fireplace is easy as you only need simple mounting equipment, but you can also use an insert to embed it into the wall.

Bold color and mirrors

If you’re not confident with your DIY skills, here’s one easy project that’s sure to give your kitchen a lift. Paint one wall in a bold color such as emerald green or deep red. After the paint dries, hang a few pretty mirror frames on the wall—don’t worry if they’re not the same size, but do select a few in the same shape.  

Chalkboard wall

If you’re creative or if you’ve got kids who love to draw, then a chalkboard focal wall may be just the thing to liven up your kitchen. Simply paint a wall using black chalkboard paint and let it dry. You can now use colored chalk to make murals or write funny quotes on your chalkboard wall. Or let your kids unleash their inner artist and let them be in charge of the kitchen mural. Your whole family is bound to have lots of fun with this type of focal wall.

Giving your kitchen a new look doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Try any of these tips to create a unique focal wall to refresh your space for less.

-Credit: Chrissy Reed