With the arrival of a new year, how many of you are currently creating a wish list of jobs and updates for your home? Mine is looking impressively big right now!
At the top of my list is a kitchen update. The kitchen is such a hard-working room, isn’t it? With many of us embracing the trend for open-plan living, they need to cope with a variety of functions. We spend most of our time at home in our kitchen; it’s used on a daily basis as a space to cook, entertain, work and play. Is any other room such a multi-tasker?!
With so much going on in just one room, it’s no surprise that a kitchen can start to look tired quicker than other rooms in the home. To avoid the hefty price tag of a new kitchen, I’ve been looking at ways to achieve a kitchen update without going for a full re-fit. If your kitchen is in need of a refresh, read on for lots of ideas on how to give it a lift for the new year.
Before you start spending money on updates, it makes sense to have a good old clearout first. Go through all your cupboards and be ruthless about getting rid of broken or mis-matched items. As well as helping you get more organised, this will probably free up valuable worktop space, making everything look instantly tidier.
Update your accessories
You can make such a difference to your kitchen’s overall look by playing around with the accessories. Consider updating things like tea towels, storage jars and wall art; you could go for a strong new colour, or a new style that complements your existing units. Adding in some contrasting textures – for example, rustic chopping boards, shiny chrome jars or chunky mugs – can create lots of visual interest too.
Install new taps
Updating your taps is a great low-cost way to make your sink look new. It’s also ideal if you’d like to add in some clever new features to make cleaning up easier. I like the Grohe kitchen taps range at SuperBath; there’s a really good variety of styles to choose from, so whether you’re after something clean and modern, or a more traditional option, they’re an easy way to play around with a new look.
I particularly love the pull-out spout option on these Grohe taps – it would make such light work of cleaning up my allotment harvests!
Change cupboard handles
This is a really simple, low-cost way to give old kitchen units a quick refresh. New handles can really change the look of a fitted kitchen, bringing old units bang up to date. If your units are looking a bit tired, they’ll also draw attention away from imperfections. Clever!
Re-think the lighting
The right lighting can work wonders in any room, and updating your kitchen lighting can make a particularly big difference. Ceiling spotlights are brilliant for providing good task lighting on worktop areas, but if you use your kitchen for entertaining, do also consider pendant lighting to create a cosy atmosphere.
Add a splashback
This is a great option if you don’t want to completely re-decorate. A patterned splashback can inject some real personality, and creates a focal point for the whole room. There are lots of different options available to suit your existing style, or even provide a bold contrast. It’s a really practical update too, as it makes cleanups easier and quicker.
What are your tips for a kitchen update?
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