When you stop and think about it, your kitchen has to work really hard. In most family homes, it is the central hub where not only are meals cooked but it is also often the laundry room, storage space, homework place and more. How many times do we stand, sit or walk through our kitchens?
It isn’t surprising then that the kitchen can quickly become jaded and tired looking. A new kitchen can be very expensive and a daunting prospect to save and pay for but with just a few quick fixes, you can give your kitchen a makeover without blowing your budget.
Update the furniture
Although replacing kitchen cupboards can be expensive and a huge job, take a look at the other furniture in the kitchen and think about what you could do to update it. Does it need replacing or could you simply give it a coat of paint or varnish to make it look as good as new? Could you add cushions to the chairs to add new colour and comfort? What about investing in one or two key pieces of furniture to add the wow factor such as these stools which would be perfect next to a breakfast bar or worktop.
Get out the paintbrush
Obviously, a coat of paint on the walls will always freshen things up and in my experience, light colours work best in the kitchen to keep things light. But have you considered painting the cupboards? Replacing them is a big job but it is easy enough to take the doors off and give them a coat of paint. There are lots of paints that you can now paint directly onto a variety of surfaces, no need to strip or sand down beforehand. Chalk paints are great as you can layer them up to create a nice shabby chic effect which can add a really nice touch to your kitchen. In addition, invest in some new handles or knobs to complete the look.
Add some open shelves
Open shelves are a great way of adding extra storage to your kitchen but it also has a contemporary feel to it. It gives you space for everything from plates to cookery books and makes everything accessible but still makes it open and airy.
Get creative with lighting
If your kitchen is still adorned with an old-fashioned strip light, it might be time for something new. Investing in new lighting might not be as expensive as you think and good lighting can make the whole room look brighter and more modern. Pendant lighting can be really effective if you have a kitchen table with a really modern effect. A line of adjustable spotlights make a much more effective light source in the kitchen or if you want something a little more discreet, why not consider recessed downlights. Lighting doesn’t just mean the ceiling, under cupboard lighting can also be a great and inexpensive addition.
Choose some colourful accessories
If you have stuck to plain, light colours throughout the kitchen, accessories are the perfect way to add a splash of colour and style. Choose accessories that fit in with a certain colour scheme or go for a complete mix and think about where you can hang or place them for maximum eye-catching effect.