Designing your modular kitchen to make it more functional and aesthetically appealing does not necessarily have to be expensive. You can come up with many budget-friendly ideas that will not burn a hole in your pocket. Although designing and installing a budget-friendly modular kitchen may not be easy, smart planning and designing can help to create a perfect modular kitchen without compromising on aesthetics. Mentioned below are a few tips that will help you to design a budget-friendly small modular kitchen

01 of 06 Understand the essential elements 
There are a few elements essential to ensure that your small modular kitchen is complete. Pre-made cabinet parts are fitted so that a functional kitchen with plenty of storage can be created. Depending on your preferences, the cabinets can be made of any material and customised to hold various accessories and allow maximum utilisation of space. Besides the wall cabinets, you need to take base cabinets into consideration as well. Further, a countertop can be made of various materials like laminate, vinyl, wood, granite, and marble. While some are economical, others are a little expensive. Other essential items that should be taken into consideration are ovens, stoves, dishwashers, microwave ovens, chimneys, and sinks. 

02 of 06 You should understand your requirements
Every person has different needs. Hence, you will have some unique cooking requirements. Depending on your needs, you should create a simple small modular kitchen design that will make use of space effectively and ensure that you do not cross your budget. If you are redesigning your old kitchen, consider changing the layout. There are various options you can opt for to ensure that your kitchen is functional and appealing like L-shaped, U-shaped, or a parallel kitchen design. Further, you need to take your cooking style into consideration. If you require more space for prep work, more counter space will be required. A kitchen with large appliances will require more storage. Knowing your requirements will help you to create a better budget-friendly modular kitchen. 

03 of 06 Choose budget-friendly materials and finishes
A huge portion of your simple small modular kitchen budget is spent on the cabinets. Hence, the material and finish you choose for your kitchen cabinets will have a huge impact on the overall cost. To keep the expenses low, choose durable materials that are budget-friendly. If you have a low budget, you can consider opting for laminates. Laminates are durable and easy-to-maintain materials and are available in various colours. Similarly, you can consider opting for wood veneers. These are basically wood sheets stuck to MDF or plywood. Although it can give an all-wood look, it is cheap and resistant to moisture and termites. Steel or aluminium is also a great option for the kitchen. They are preferred because of their insane durability and ease of availability in different colours. There are various unique colour combinations like white-blue or red-green-grey for an appealing and budget-friendly design. 

04 of 06 Choose countertops that are budget-friendly 
When choosing countertops for your kitchen, you will find various options available in the market. While some are quite expensive, there are many budget-friendly options available. Hence, you do not have to worry if you have a low budget. If you want to give the kitchen countertops a very luxurious look, you can opt for options that are cheap but mimic the look of luxury items. You must always keep in mind that the countertops can easily get stained. Hence, it is better to choose an option that is stain-resistant and easy to maintain.

05 of 06 Creating a budget-friendly backsplash 
If you want to add more visual interest to the kitchen decor, you can consider experimenting with the backsplash. You can introduce more colours, patterns, and textures to your kitchen space. It is yet another area to bring in some fresh colour, pattern, and texture in your cooking space. Choose great patterned ceramic or porcelain tiles instead of regular coloured tiles. If you want a more traditional feel in your kitchen, you can choose options like Turkish tile patterns. Other options you can explore to create a great backsplash in your kitchen are terracotta tiles, copper finishes, steel finishes, and even glass tiles. 

06 of 06 Applying a fresh coat of paint 
Using paint you can instantly transform any space. Also, it is not a very expensive option. Hence, applying a fresh coat of paint to your kitchen interiors is a great way to design your small modular kitchen design without spending a lot of money. While choosing the paint colour, keep in mind that light colours look better in small modular kitchens as they make the space appear brighter and larger.