Tired of how your kitchen looks? It’s where we spend a lot of our time, so revamping a kitchen is one of the most satisfying home projects, but it also can be overwhelming – where do you begin?
To help you, we’ve picked out some top ideas to transform your kitchen, from clever budget-friendly tricks to bigger decor makeovers. And you won’t need to get the sledgehammer at the ready…
Here’s our list of simple yet effective kitchen revamp ideas to help you get inspired:
Large kitchens with plenty of drawers and cupboards can easily start to look like a mass of handles.
Push-open doors allow you to dispense with handles, but if you prefer a handle of some sort, try doors and drawers with recessed J-pull channels at the top or side, or simply change old, bulky handles for smaller, sleek ones.
Mix and match
In a contemporary kitchen, modern high-gloss cabinetry can feel a bit clinical, so simply add in a few timber touches or a colourful splashback to add texture and warmth.
Also try combining old and new pieces in an industrial-style kitchen – mid-century furniture in the dining area will help soften the look without making it feel too traditional.
Go for gold
Turn up the luxe factor with copper and gold-toned accessories, which can work every bit as well in the kitchen as in the rest of the home.
Choose lacquered brass hardware, such as handles and knobs, and combine with copper light fittings and hammered storage pots. Some of the latest kitchen mixers are also available in gold and brass options.
On the floor
Use flooring to accentuate the overall look of your kitchen. Opt for natural stone or ceramic tiles for a cosy farmhouse feel, while glossy large-format tiles in a composite or ceramic, or even a faux-stone vinyl, will add a modern edge.
Dark wooden floors can be overpowering, so look for paler, plainer boards, or add a wash to your original wooden floors. Just remember that whatever you choose has to be hard-wearing and easy to clean, too.
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Bonus top tip: Matte paint finishes are a good solution in a family kitchen as they’re less likely to show up sticky fingerprints.
From floors to walls to countertops, concrete is making its presence known in kitchens right now.
When choosing it for walls, go for lighter tones with a bit of texture to keep the space from looking too utilitarian. Of course, you don’t have to install the real thing – some of the latest cabinets are made to have the look and feel of concrete, or create the effect with tiles or wallpaper.
And if you really want to cheat, update walls and cabinets yourself with grey-coloured paint.
Light it up
Yes, it’s important to be able to see what you’re doing in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean lighting has to be boring.
Add lights around the plinth of an island to make it appear as if it’s floating, or install mood lighting with strips of LEDs below units or shelving.
Pendant lighting is still trendy and creates a visual impact – hang in twos or threes above an island.
Uncluttered and clean
As much as the kitchen is the heart of the home, it can also become a dumping ground. Not anymore – it’s easier than ever to have a clean and streamlined kitchen.
Larger, bulky appliances can now be integrated – hide a fridge behind a cupboard door or install an induction hood beneath cabinetry.
Make the storage smarter too, such as deep drawers for pots and pans or a pull-out pantry cupboard. You don’t have to do a full refit either, just use your existing storage more effectively.
Convert a cabinet to a drawer with utensil holders, or utilise the back of a door with hangers and hooks. Easy!
Out in the open
While it’s tempting to use open shelving to cram as much as possible in the kitchen, overfilling shelves can make the whole room look messy.
Select just a few items to display that not only personalise the space but have a function too. Think pretty glassware or food items in beautiful packaging that are easily in reach.
When in doubt, use a set of canisters, which can hold and disguise anything, from sugar to keys.
Be a shade braver
Like a neutral kitchen but don’t want it to be dull? Use splashes of colour to add much-needed interest.
This can be anything as bold as a bright red dresser or set of yellow chairs, to smaller in scale like pastel-coloured crockery on display. Appliances count too – a coloured stove, fridge or even a kettle can really make a stylish statement.
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