I don’t know about you, but the kitchen is the heart of my home. It’s where the family comes together to cook, eat, and tell stories. It’s always buzzing, with the kids running around, and the smells of good food! It’s my favourite room in the house, without a doubt. Unfortunately, all this love and attention can leave it feeling a little run down.
Every kitchen needs a little TLC now and then, but who can afford a new kitchen suite? Not me, that’s for sure. That’s why I created a few easy tricks to upgrade my kitchen. With just a small budget, you can make some big changes that alter the style and feel instantly. These secrets will bring your kitchen to life, trust me!
- Paint the cupboards
As I said, not many people can afford to pull their old cupboards out, and install a new kitchen suite. The prices are just too much! Instead, I got a little creative, and repainted them instead. I chose a soft pastel colour to give it that rustic kitchen feel and inject some character. You can do the same with a simple lick of paint. It changes the whole feel of the kitchen, without any effort or expense. Simple!
- Replace taps and fittings
If you can’t afford to make major changes, just make little ones. You won’t believe how much difference the small alterations make. Simply adding new door knobs and cupboard handles makes a world of difference. Try upgrading the taps to a modern alternative. Every good interior designer knows that the devil is in the details. So, don’t ignore the small things, make them count!
- Improve storage
A good kitchen is all about effective storage. We’ve all got tons of plates, mugs, and glasses to squeeze in. That’s all before you’ve thought about food storage! Start with your drawer essentials. Get utensil dividers and practical cupboard solutions. They’ll help make the most of small spaces. Next, get creative with your other storage options. Why not stack plates up on a shelf, or hang your larger utensils from a kitchen bar? It all adds to the rustic kitchen effect.
- Invest in appliances
If you do have a bit of money to spend in the kitchen, invest it in appliances, rather than a kitchen suite. I’m talking about kettles, toasters, and coffee makers here. Anything that’s on show. Your old appliances that you scraped together when moving in are no longer going to cut it! Buy appliances that suit the look and feel of your new kitchen space. They’re often the first thing that is noticed when someone walks in.
- Get creative with lighting
You can do wonderful things with lighting. First of all, ensure that you’re making the most of natural light. Let it flood the kitchen during the day, and open up the space. As for artificial lights, kitchens are great for task lighting. Use lamps and specific spotlights to layer up the lighting sources. It’ll give the kitchen a nice, cosy glow in the evenings.
As you can see, you don’t need to spend a fortune! Use your imagination, and you’ll have a beautiful new kitchen in no time.