When it comes to renovation, it’s often the practical space of the kitchen that is overlooked. Maybe it’s the concern about the cost that puts us off or the worry about lots of work involved. But modernising your kitchen needn’t break the bank, and if packing every utensil into boxes while you redecorate fills you with dread, we’ve got some quick updates that will spruce up your kitchen in no time at all. And without fuss, too.
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Contour Your Walls
Nothing says fresh like a décor overhaul, particularly in a kitchen where walls become an abstract artwork of splashes and spills. It’s no surprise then that our first step in renovating the kitchen starts with the walls. Many opt for white because of its light-reflecting properties, but this can make a room look cold and uninviting if not planned carefully. Instead, try to work with the angles of the room to maximise the appearance of space and tranquillity.
Look at where light naturally falls, for example, opposite windows, and where the room is in natural shade. Darker areas become more visible painted in lighter tones whereas well-lit areas can be receded using darker shades. Bear this in mind and choose complementary colours in a range of tones when painting your room for a three-dimensional space, not a blank canvas.
Add Sleek Flooring
You’d be surprised what adding a contemporary floor covering to your kitchen can do to open up the space and introduce light into the room. Gloss or glazed effects are great for this, so we were excited to see the linear range added to the great selection of CTD’S kitchen tiles. Its sophisticated shape and modern neutral tones complement most colour schemes for a coordinated look and have natural shade variation for a great mosaic finish.
If you’re renting then tiling may be an issue, but there are plenty of alternatives out there. Laminate flooring has moved on over the past decade, bringing in new techs and exciting finishes. You can even get glossy tile effect laminate that recreates the appearance of porcelain. They’re practical and as easy to clean as the real thing, too.
Anyone for Marbles?
In days gone by, marble was an outdated material of choice for the extremely wealthy, but since its resurrection last year it has popped up in every room of the home for worktops, basins and home accessories too. It’s loved for its luxuriant appearance and hard-wearing properties and is quite easy to look after, too. While it would be nice to have a whole kitchen of the stuff, the cost is often prohibitive. But don’t despair, just covering a kitchen island or creating a marble splashback can have a huge impact on a much smaller cost.
Revamp Your Cabinets
If your cabinets are solid but are looking tired, you could always go for a quick fix by replacing the cabinet doors and handles for a new, fresh look. For a classic design, a great option is to go for solid wooden doors for a new take on cottage chic. Alternatively, opt for a monochrome black, grey or white gloss for a contemporary feel that would sit right at home with glass splashbacks and chrome handles. Monochrome is still incredibly popular and will no doubt dominate kitchen trends in the next season, making it a great choice for a homeowner with evolving tastes.