Give your kitchen a brand new look
Replacing door handles, adding colour and installing new work surfaces can help to transform your kitchen without the expense of a large renovation project.
Often acting as the hub of family life, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. It is also one of the main things people look at when buying a house and can make or break a sale.
With this in mind it’s little wonder that remodelling the kitchen is one of the UK’s most popular home renovations. However, updating your kitchen needn’t mean undertaking a large, messy and expensive project. There are some simple yet effective steps you can take to give your kitchen a new lease of life.
Replace your hardware
One of the easiest and quickest ways to update your kitchen is to replace your door handles. There are plenty of different options out there, from traditional handles for country kitchens through to sleek, contemporary designs, such as these Karcher Handles which will give your kitchen an instant style boost. Door handles are also available in a range of different finishes, such as stainless steel, rubbed bronze and even leather, enabling you to match your handles to your overall vision.
And, while you’re at it, don’t forget to replace the handles on your cupboard doors. Ripping out and replacing your kitchen cabinets can be a costly proposition, but you can easily give your cupboards a fresh new look simply by replacing the handles. If you want to go even further, why not paint your cupboard doors in a different colour for a totally new look?
Upgrade your surfaces
Installing quality work surfaces can really make all the difference to your kitchen. The worktop is a central component of any kitchen, helping to set the tone and feel of the room, so investing in new surfaces is an effective way to create a fresh, new look.
Textured, tactile materials such as quartz and granite are always a great choice offering both durability and sophistication. Alternatively, if you’re after a rustic, country-kitchen look, solid oak work surfaces offer the perfect (if slightly high maintenance) solution, while marble and limestone countertops help to add a touch of luxury.
Installing new worktops may be expensive but the end result is totally worth it, and splurging on your work counters creates a striking focal point, enabling you to choose more budget-friendly options elsewhere in the kitchen.
It’s amazing the difference a splash of colour can make to a tired or dated kitchen. As we mentioned above, one option is to paint your kitchen cupboards, or alternatively, you could create a feature by giving a wall a lick of paint or hanging some patterned wallpaper. Bright, bold colours look stylish paired with neutral shades such as grey, beige or cream, or opt for soft pastel shades for a light and airy look.
Your kitchen’s splashbacks also offer a great opportunity to add colour. Try retiling this area with funky patterned tiles, or, for a contemporary look choose monochromatic subway tiles in an eye-catching hue. You could even add colour through your flooring, for example with geometric floor tiles or painted wooden boards – just make sure it complements your cabinets and worktops for a cohesive finish.
If you want to skip the decorating altogether, you can still give your kitchen a lift with the addition of some brightly-coloured appliances and accessories.
Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to mean doing large scale renovation work or spending lots of money. With just a few simple tweaks you can create a striking and stylish space that you and your family will love spending time in.