We tend not to notice the little changes in things that we see every day – until they become big ones. Take the time to look around your home and see which parts are past their sell-by date, and if there are any ways you can upgrade them without breaking the bank. Here are our top 10 tips on how to revitalize the heart of every home: the kitchen.
1) Your kitchen tiles can take a bit of a beating and discolour over time. However, you don’t have to replace them. There are tile paints available that will allow you to transform old and stained tiles into a clean-looking array. If you’re arty, stencils will help you put your own designs on them too.
2) Check to see how effectively your space is being used. You might find that you have units that could benefit from an extra shelf or from installing fitted relays or baskets. Corners are notorious for housing ‘dead’ space, so why not consider having a magic corner tower put in?
3) Simply replacing kitchen cupboard and drawer front handles and knobs can give your kitchen a quick and simple facelift.
4) If your cupboards and drawers are looking a bit tired, then you might want to consider replacing them. It’s cheaper than opting for a complete refit and with a huge variety of styles and finishes available, you can completely transform the way your kitchen looks, and on a budget too.
5) A lick of paint on the walls is a simple and effective way to freshen the room up. If you have a hoodless cooker, then be sure to pay attention to the surrounding walls, as steam and splashes can age paint very quickly.
6) If your wall cabinets don’t quite reach the ceiling, then you can add crown mouldings or soffits to the tops, adding elegance to the room and giving the illusion of height.
7) Consider replacing your worktops. These are the real workhorses of the kitchen, being exposed to knives, changes of temperature, dents, scratches and spills. Simply replacing them is a cheap and efficient way to breathe new life into your kitchen.
8) Many people overlook the importance of lighting in their kitchens. Check to see that all yours are working properly. You might even want to buy a new set of light fittings, which can help to add a touch of chic to the room, as well as ensuring that the light spreads evenly across the important surfaces.
9) Don’t ignore your floor – it bears the brunt of all the traffic that comes through your kitchen and can age very quickly. Stone can be polished and wood can be re-varnished at relatively little cost. If you have vinyl tiles, you might even want to replace them or consider replacing them entirely with environmentally friendly materials, such as bamboo.
10) Hanging pan racks can free up an awful lot of space and add a touch or rustic charm or contemporary elegance to your culinary headquarters. Many people forget that the ceiling can be made to work for you, so check out the racks that are available and give yourself some extra room.