It can be awfully tempting to spend lots of money revamping your kitchen when you get bored of a look, but before you start ripping out all your kitchen cabinets and looking at new floor tiles, take a step back and think about it logically.
Yes, a new kitchen would be lovely, but they are very costly and can leave you several thousand pounds out of pocket. There are simpler ways of giving your kitchen a makeover for a fraction of the cost. Here are a few of our pocket friendly tips for giving your kitchen a makeover.
Give your kitchen a new lick of paint
It may sound obvious but you can instantly refresh a room with a quick lick of paint. Whether this is touching up the existing paintwork, or opting for a completely different colour, it can give your kitchen a whole new lease of life. Hot colours for 2011 include duck egg blue, vibrant red and sunny yellows. Adding some wall art will tranform the look even further and will bring a contemporary edge into the kitchen. Whether it’s a bright canvas, or a more modern metallic design, you can really make the kitchen feel like part of the home and easily add an extra shot of personality. We love this bold Home wall art – perfect for the kitchen, which is often the hub of the home.
You don’t need to have an entirely new kitchen fitted to give it a new look. You can update your kitchen’s style by adding some new accessories for a brand new theme. If you’re not a DIY fan then this is an easy and inexpensive way of brightening things up. Colourful accessories are a good way to go about this. Red is a popular colour for kitchens, since it goes well with both wooden and metallic style fittings.
We love this Morphy Richards kettle – team with a matching toaster, pedal bin and some new red crockery – mix in some red tea towels and oven glove or go for some additional black accessories to complement your new scheme. Think in terms of theme, rather than getting everything to match. For example we love this polka dot bread bin for a pretty, retro feel. Try to think of colour combinations that work well together – you don’t just have to stick to a block colour.
For more inspiration and a variety of colours visit our kitchen accessories section.
New dining space
If your dining space is in the kitchen, make a feature of it by investing in some modern dining furniture. Chances are that there won’t be a huge amount of space left in the kitchen for a full sized dining table, but keep the table and chairs compact and you can still create a nice place for the family to sit together. This Elite Circular dining set is a nice size with minimalist chairs that fit neatly around the table. The silver metal and glass surface, while may not be ideal for the children, will reflect the light and will make the space seem even bigger. Or if you love being the host and like nothing more than everyone eaiting around the table, an extended table could be exactly what you need. This Copenhagen extending dining table will fit neatly into a small space in your kitchen, then open out into a 160cm long table to seat all the family.
So don’t spend a fortune on updatng your kitchen, just a little bit of colour and creativity can go along way to transforming the room without too much trouble and expense. What more can you ask for!