New year, new kitchen? If you’re in the market for a kitchen revamp in 2017 then you’ve come to the right place. There are some obvious changes you can make – both big and small – to turn your current kitchen situation into a space worthy of Pinterest. Here are our top 5 suggestions for ways to go from dismal to dream in the kitchen stakes…
The most obvious way to make a dramatic change to your kitchen is to rip out the old one and invest in completely new cabinetry and work surfaces – the whole shebang. If you have the budget for a new kitchen then you’ll be pleased to know your spending could pay off in the long run and potentially add an extra 6% to the value of your home. The best thing about this option is that you’ll get to start with a blank canvas far from the hand-me-down tastes of the previous homeowner. Bespoke kitchen retailers like Harvey Jones will offer a free kitchen design and planning appointment, where you get to meet with a designer and share your vision for the new space (or quiz them on their own ideas for the room if you’re completely stuck).
2. Sort out your storage
If you’re not in the market for an entirely new kitchen then there are plenty of things you can do to transform your old one without ripping it out completely. Storage is often the number one obstacle to a contemporary, clutter-free kitchen, so focus on adding extra storage solutions to help you lose the messy kitchen look. Extra shelves inside cupboards, hooks on backs of doors, high shelves above a doorway and rods along a window to hang pans from are all ways to maximise the storage space in a small kitchen and make the most of what you’ve got.
3. Colour co-ordinate your cookbooks
All-white kitchens are still among the most popular around (although there’s a growing trend for dark, moody cabinets too). Add some colour with a couple of shelves of cookbooks arranged into a rainbow-like shade of loveliness. (Check out the dining room makeover at Oyster & Pearl to see a colour-coordinated bookshelf in action.)
4. Change your cupboard handles
It might sound incredibly simple, but sometimes a tiny finishing touch like a cupboard handle really can make ALL the difference. Swapping over your handles for new ones in a different design can be a quick and easy way to update your existing cabinets and give your kitchen a fresh new look. Find out more about the different styles of cupboard handles to choose on this post.
5. Add some open shelving
Back in the day, the big trend for kitchens was glass-fronted cupboards so you could show off your immaculate chinaware collection. As someone who inherited this very style of kitchen, I can testify to the fact this is an absolute pain in the backside when you’re trying to come up with practical ways to store your less beautiful bits of kitchenware. However, I’m not completely against keeping some things on display in a kitchen. Having a beloved set of glasses or a colourful casserole dish or bowls on display can be a brilliantly simple way to inject colour and personality into a space. Rather than the glass-fronted cupboards of yesteryear, consider putting up a couple of open shelves to display your favourite pieces on. Or you could always build your own unit, like the DIY ones featured in this post at Growing Spaces.
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