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For hundreds of years, the kitchen has been known as the beating heart of the home. It is the room where people tend to congregate, where food is prepared and, often, consumed, and where there is always a warm, friendly atmosphere to enjoy.
However, since it is one of the most highly used rooms in the house, it can quickly get tired or worn out. Whether it is damage or staining from accidental spills, well-used appliances starting to falter, chipped worktops or just simply cracked tableware or faded décor, all of these things can easily contribute to your pride and joy ending up looking rather worse for wear.
If all this sounds a little too familiar, it could be time to start thinking about what you can do to refresh your kitchen space. If you are on a limited budget, there’s no need to worry, as sometimes even the smallest changes can have a big impact.
So, if you need some kitchen inspiration, here are some top tips and ideas to help you get started.
Cupboards and Cabinets
The cupboards and cabinets are going to be one of the biggest fixtures in your kitchen, so it makes sense that updating them will instantly update the look and feel of the whole room. While ripping out the old cabinets and replacing with a brand new set of your choice is probably ideal, the chances are that your existing cabinets still have a lot of life left in them.
So, as a budget alternative, why not give your current cabinets some TLC? Paint the fronts in a colour that complements your overall kitchen theme and pick out some new handles and drawer pulls. Remember that functionality is key in the kitchen, so perhaps leave the fancy, ornate drawer handles to other parts of the home!
Worktops and Surfaces
Similarly, if you are updating your cabinets, why not makeover your worktops, too? The work surfaces will usually see a great deal of activity and may bear the hallmarks that come from years of use in food preparation, such as stains and scratches.
It is easy to head out and purchase new worktops for your kitchen without the need to replace the entire fitting. Laminate is one of the easiest replacements, largely due to its cost-effectiveness and the wide variety of different designs and styles on offer. Plastic sheets are another example of a cheap, efficient upgrade, particularly for a countertop
Just think how many times your feet have walked over your kitchen floor – not to mention everyone else’s feet, too! If your flooring is beginning to look a little worn out, it could be time to consider an upgrade.
The beauty of kitchen flooring is that it is subtle, yet can instantly transform the look of the entire room. Whether you go for a warmer wood tone or something more minimal, like monochrome tile, it won’t be long before you are enjoying the look of a totally new kitchen!
One of the most common bugbears people have about their kitchens is a lack of storage space. From pots and pans to tableware, utensils and, of course, the food itself, there are plenty of essentials that call your kitchen home. So, if you are struggling to find space for it all, it’s time to consider your options.
Of course, one of the easiest options is to have a clear out and get rid of everything you don’t use or want, but if this isn’t possible, why not try some more creative storage solutions? Try to keep your worktops clear and group things according to what they are and the frequency that you use them. Opt for shelves, hanging mug holders, or you could even consider transforming a tall cupboard into a series of drawers to optimise every square inch of space.
When it comes to the small appliances, it could be time to have a long think about what you actually use. Of course, there will always be the essentials like your kettle, toaster, and microwave, but if you have unused appliances cluttering up your cupboards, perhaps it’s time to rehome them. Do you really need two unopened bread-makers and an old microwave? The chances are, you probably don’t!
Some people like to try and colour-code or theme their small appliances, but for others, a simple change can make all the difference. For instance, you could say goodbye to your old kitchen bin and welcome a smart new touch bin to your kitchen.
Your kitchen should be the life and soul of your home – isn’t it about time you let your kitchen live up to its full potential?