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How To Know When Your Kitchen Needs A Refresh
We all lead increasingly busy lives, juggling lots of different life-balls. It can be easy to overlook when your kitchen is crying out for a makeover, but making time for a refresh can make a huge difference. Some of the chores you have to undertake in the kitchen can never be described as fun, but having a beautiful space in your home where you want to spend time will make them easier. Get the kitchen refresh right, and it might even inspire you. After all, everything happens in the kitchen!
Your kitchen furniture
Depending on the style of your kitchen, there might be some easy updates you can make that won’t cost lots of cash. Some styles will date more quickly than others. When you’re refreshing your kitchen, here are some ideas to help your decision:
1. Pick neutral colors for cabinets that won’t date. If you want to follow latest trends, follow fashion with your accessories, crockery, and decorations. It’s a great way to show some personality, and it’s easy (and much cheaper!) to change your mind!
2. Do some basic maintenance. That leaky faucet? Time to fix it! Cabinet door not closing properly? Repair the hinge! Touch up some paint work, and you can give your kitchen a new lease on life.
3. If you want to do something big without spending much, consider taking off some of the kitchen doors or replacing the units with open shelving. It’s becoming more popular, but it’s not for those who struggle with tidiness! It’s a great way to show off some of your favorite pieces and create a visual focal point in your kitchen.
The quickest, easiest and cheapest way to give your kitchen a refresh is to change your walls. A repaint can be done in just a few hours, and with new blinds or curtains in the window, your kitchen can look completely different in a weekend. You’ll also be amazed at the difference new handles on your doors and cabinets can make.
Updating the lights in your kitchen, and adding more, can give your home a completely new look. It changes the mood of the space. Overhead lights are just one element, and adding lights underneath cabinets - at chest height and floor level - can add a very different ambience. Make the lights LED or energy-saving for a more environmentally friendly option.
Black is the new black this year, or opt for other dark, dramatic colors such as midnight blue, dark grays, and fir green. Darker woods are also fashionable this year. If your taste steers you away from dark colors, dusty shades and rose pinks are also set to be big. If you want to add a trendy color but perhaps don’t want to go as far as painting all the walls, create a feature wall or update your backsplash. Tiles are an easy option, especially if you want a pattern incorporated. Alternatively, a glass or vinyl backsplash is a good alternative for a dramatic color change.
Look around for inspiration
Once you have decided that it’s time for a kitchen refresh, read through some decorating magazines for ideas. A complete renovation is a big investment, but the change is also significant. Spend wisely, and it might even add value to your home.
If you’re just looking for a very quick fix, having a new appliance might be just the thing you need. Take a look at our range for inspiration. We think this Red and Stainless Steel Toaster would add a splash of color in any kitchen. If you want to bring café culture to your home - and probably lots of friends to your kitchen - why not treat yourself to a high-end coffee machine, such as this Silver Espresso Coffee Machine?
If you decide to go ahead with a big refresh, think about things that will make your life easier. That might be a smart refrigerator or a boiling water faucet. Modern kitchens are designed to help save you money, organize your life, and make things simpler. If it has been a while since you updated anything in your kitchen, you might be surprised by how much has changed!
Ultimately, your kitchen is going to be somewhere you spend a lot of time when you’re at home, so it is important to make it a space you enjoy. It should feel friendly if you like entertaining, inspiring if you are an accomplished chef, and practical to suit the people you share your home with.