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4 Trendy kitchens you can create on a budget

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Skip the pricey design studio! These kitchens from Ikea are surprisingly trendy.

A dream kitchen often feels like just that — a faraway wish with no grounding in reality. Who has the time, the money or the design skills to really tackle a renovation project? How do you even know where to begin? Well, we raided Ikea's Facebook page to show you how to steal the look.

1. For those who love a good DIY project

This gray kitchen is a masterpiece in the "simple yet chic" genre, and the best part is that every single item comes straight from Ikea.

Skip the pricey design studio! These kitchens from Ikea are surprisingly trendy.

That's right. If you're into doing your own updates, all you need to recreate this beauty is some time and these gray drawer fronts ($88 for two),  black knobs ($5 for two) and silver handles ($8 for two). Once the basics are in place, pepper in a few statement pieces like this chandelier ($40) and these bar stools ($90) and make your dream kitchen a reality. Simple as that.

2. For those with limited space

If you fall into the category of "I have a tiny, overwhelming-to-decorate kitchen," Ikea has you covered.

Skip the pricey design studio! These kitchens from Ikea are surprisingly trendy.

This small kitchen manages to be adorable and functional with just a few key items, like that sleek roll-away kitchen cart ($199) that serves as an island and storage unit and a well-placed shelf ($30) that maximizes space. Add a few bold elements like an interesting clock ($13) and fun dish towels ($5 for two) and voila! Dream kitchen in a tiny space.

3. For those who love neutrals

This neutral kitchen is bright, happy and easily customized depending on your own style.

Skip the pricey design studio! These kitchens from Ikea are surprisingly trendy.

Get this Ikea look with simple black bar stools ($70) and a classic table ($149) as your backdrop. From here, go crazy. Add a striped rug ($199), toss in green chairs ($119) and a colorful vase ($30), and there you go. Drab to fab, as they say.

4. For those who love romance

This shabby chic kitchen looks like it belongs in a cottage in the French countryside, all romance and dreams and natural light.

Skip the pricey design studio! These kitchens from Ikea are surprisingly trendy.

Ikea achieves this look using these white countertops ($59) and this chrome-plated faucet ($149), but it's really in the details where this space shines. Details like simple floral dish towels ($5 for two) and vintage-inspired rose tins ($6 for three) (to store away all that tea you're going to need). Features like this beautiful vase-turned storage unit ($20) and these ribbed bowls ($2) that scream for fresh ice cream. Sigh. Take us away already!

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