They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s true for many households. We often spend a large proportion of our time at home within our kitchens, so why not inject as much personal style into the space as is humanly possible?
Yet while many of us have different ideas of what it is that makes the perfect kitchen, for most, our dream kitchen is just that, a dream. Kitchens can be notoriously expensive to update or renovate, yet that’s not to say that there aren’t things you can do to breathe new life into the space.
So whether major kitchen renovations are beyond your budget, or you’re currently renting, below are a number of ways that you could bring new life to your kitchen without renovations.
- Switch Out Your Kitchen Appliances
Our kitchen appliances are usually the main feature in most kitchens and upgrading them can make your kitchen look and feel instantly updated. Fridges and dishwashers can be an expensive splurge, so you may wish to upgrade these items one at a time. Yet buying a flashy new toaster or kettle tends to be a less intimidating purchase that can still make the world of difference to your kitchen.
- Paint The Walls
A lick of paint is often all it takes to give a tired-looking kitchen a facelift. This is a great option if you’re lucky enough to have high-quality cabinetry and countertops but feel the rest of the space is not looking so fresh. Go bold with a statement wall or choose a more neutral tone that will draw attention to the existing features within the space.
- Cover Your Countertops
For many homeowners, luxurious countertops made using high-end materials such as marble, caesar stone or concrete are what dreams are made of. Unfortunately, these designer look materials come with a hefty designer price tag to match! One clever solution to this problem is to cover your countertop with a much cheaper off-cut or cutting which can be purchased at most fabricators. Alternatively, marble look vinyl wrapping paper works just as well as a short term solution and for a fraction of the cost.
- Replace Your Hardware
Replacing old door handles or cabinet knobs and pulls is both quick, easy and requires very little DIY skill. What’s more, updating hardware could give your doors and cabinetry an entirely new lease of life and with little cost or effort. Choose a sleek and modern style to give your kitchen a more contemporary look, or get creative with mix and match antique or vintage finds for a quirky feel.
- Paint The Cabinets
Why stop with simply replacing the knobs and handles? Sure, painting cabinets can be a more time-consuming task, yet it’s an affordable way to update your kitchen if you’re on a tight budget. Go bold with matte black or open up the space with a couple of coats of a soft eggshell shade – the possibilities are endless.
- Add Textiles
Adding textiles to your kitchen is an excellent way of incorporating new colours, patterns and textures to the space. A large area rug can work well in larger kitchens and can help anchor furniture such as a dining set. Whilst introducing window dressings will add tactility and softness to the space whilst also providing privacy. Working with limited space? Table runners and tea towels work just as well in smaller kitchens. As textiles can be switched in and out in a matter of seconds don’t be afraid to take risks with the colours, patterns and textures you choose.
The tips above should help you in your quest to create a kitchen worthy of any Pinterest board. With some creative thinking and a good amount of elbow grease, even the most tired kitchens can be brought back to life without renovations.