It doesn’t matter how much you love your home, eventually the decoration starts to look a bit tired and sometimes you just fancy something new. Unfortunately not all of us have the time or money to do a complete redecoration every few years, so we need to get a bit creative and find easy ways to update our home that doesn’t break the bank.
The kitchen is the heart of the majority of homes. You cook and eat in there, your kids do their homework there, and you share secrets with your friends over tea and cake in there. It makes sense really that you’d want to keep your kitchen looking fresh and modern. But what do you do if you haven’t got the luxury of time and money?
Here are a few easy ways to update your kitchen to make sure it’s your favourite room in the house.
Get handy with a paintbrush
Whether it’s your walls or your cabinets, never underestimate the power of a fresh lick of paint. Countless studies have shown that colour really impacts on your mood, so choose a colour that you love and go with it, even if it is lime green!
When it comes to choosing a colour for your cabinets a dark chocolate brown will give a classic contemporary look, or if you want something lighter try a durable eggshell or semi-gloss finish. Alternatively remove your cabinet doors entirely and create ‘open shelving’.
Change your handles
Changing the handles on your cabinets is one of the easiest ways to make it look like you’ve got bespoke furniture, even if it did come from IKEA! For a modern look go for minimalist chrome or steel designs, and for the ultimate girly chic opt for faux crystal handles. There are thousands of affordable designs available so you can find something that really reflects your personality.
Let there be light
Unless you’re a big fan of florescent strip lighting there are far better ways to brighten up your kitchen. The three areas to consider are main lighting, pendants (if you have an island), and accent lights such as under cabinet lights to show off your new backsplash or leave on when you don’t need a fully lit room.
If you can’t afford to replace your kitchen chairs then don’t despair. Simple things such as painting them a new colour or adding new cushions will really make all the difference. If you’re looking for opulence then stick to jewel colours such as deep purple, bright yellow or emerald green. If you’ve got a more country style kitchen then pretty pastels will do the trick.
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!
This is probably the least time consuming way to update your kitchen. Treat yourself to a new breadbin, towel rack or spice jars. If you want a really pretty new addition to your kitchen then bone china tableware is a gorgeous way to give your kitchen a fresh look. Whether you mount it on the wall for decoration or use it for your tea and toast, chintzy china looks great in every kitchen.
About the Author
Rob Rudd writes regularly for several DIY and lifestyle blogs. When he isn’t writing he is often casting a critical eye over his own home and considering what to update next.