A change is as good as a holiday, or so they say! Whether this is true or not, there’s nothing like bringing new life into your tired, old-fashioned kitchen to make you feel great. And the best thing is that it doesn’t need to cost you a fortune. There are plenty of ways to take your kitchen up a notch or two without spending every cent in your account.
“There is nothing nicer than a kitchen really made for a cook. Things that are designed to be used always have an innate beauty”. Julia Child
The kitchen is the central hub of the modern home. And for yours to be one you love working in, you need a happy balance of practicality, functionality, and beauty. Like so many things in life, it’s the little things that make the big differences…
So, back to the topic at hand… here are 6 inexpensive ways to transform your kitchen into a modern, homely space that everyone can enjoy:
There’s no excuse for a dingy, poorly lit kitchen. Most department and hardware stores offer inexpensive and beautiful lighting options that can instantly lift the look and feel of any space. A stunning pendant light over the island bench, downlights installed under the overhead cupboards or track lighting over the food preparation areas will make all the difference!
Remove old fashioned curtains from kitchen windows: not only do they affect the feel of the room, but they prevent the sunlight from flooding in. If you need window treatments for the sake of your privacy, consider a trendy option such as a sheer roller blind – they offer the best of both worlds: excellent privacy and maximum natural light.
Little do we realize the power of paint! Without exaggeration, a fresh coat of paint can make an old kitchen almost unrecognizable! So, what’s your style? – dark and moody; light and airy; bright and bold… There’s as many options as colors on the paint swatch! Take the time to fill any scratches or dents in walls or timber work before you start – the extra effort will be worthwhile. Walls, ceiling, old-fashioned timber paneling… paint breathes new life into everything!
This is where we address the finer details: handles, tapware and dodgy hinges… By replacing these things with practical and stylish options, you can make a big difference to the functionality and aesthetics of your kitchen. New faucets on your island benchtop might be a good idea? Or perhaps some pendant lights hanging above the kitchen table? The options are endless.
Nowadays, there are loads of cheap, classy flooring options to bring your kitchen up to date. The range of vinyl flooring is huge and, to save you a world of effort, they can often be laid directly over existing flooring.
If replacing the flooring is beyond your budget, the simple addition of a floor rug can make a huge difference – a welcome pop of color and a nice texture underfoot!
Simply changing the benchtops can transform the look of the kitchen. And if your budget doesn’t stretch to re-doing all the bench area, why not just give your island benchtop a facelift? It’ll add texture and interest as well as give you a classy, new surface to work on.
Add a Picture
Turn that empty kitchen wall into a feature by adding a beautiful picture. And again, the cheap shop or second-hand market might be your best friend here! For added interest, consider painting your picture wall a contrasting color.
The team at Wonderful Kitchens can help you find inexpensive ways to turn your kitchen into something well beyond your expectations. Call us on (02) 9772 2988 and chat with one of our staff.