Making a fresh kitchen space for the spring may not be as hard as you think. While many people immediately believe that an old-looking kitchen can only be truly made over with a whole new set of fitted units and other expensive investments, you can often make something look completely invigorated by spending a small fraction of what you could on it – if you need to, that is. With these top tips, you too can create something altogether more comforting and attractive for 2012 and beyond.
A new color scheme
While most kitchens follow colour schemes that are white or pastel-based – and for good reason – you can inject a new feel into the room with a lick of paint. One of the best things to really add new eye-catching hues in the cooking area is through the use of ceramic or porcelain kitchen wall tiles, which really create a fantastic feel in a room and can deliver real results as a splashback or wall surface.
New appliances – all white is all right
If you need new appliances, always go with white products. These are clean, attractive and will not date as quickly as their colourful counterparts – red, green, blue and a number of others have all been popular for short periods of time. Of course, the opposite option – black – is also perfect to match in years to come, though it’s perhaps a little less welcoming than its direct opposite.
A change in lighting
The chance to get new lighting in the home is one that people overlook on a regular basis, despite it being one of the most impactful changes you can make in the home. Consider movable strips of spot lighting; not only can they be great value for money due to their embrace of energy-saving technologies such as LED bulbs, but they can be posed in a different way to bring about an entirely new feel in the room.
Last but not least, and with the potential to be one of the more expensive changes in a kitchen – have you considered new work surfaces? While granite is excellent (so long as you use a cutting board on it!), just a new type of laminate or real wood finishes could go a long way if you need a dramatic new look in your kitchen. Don’t overlook this possibility!