Kitchens are one of the most used rooms in the house, they get used for socialising, cooking and sometimes even eating if there’s a seating area. It’s easy to see why kitchens are one of those rooms that look older quicker. Many people during lockdown have been wanting to update their kitchen, but they have also been trying to do things on a budget. In this article, we will go through some affordable ways to transform your kitchen, but first, before you get started on the renovation, start looking at colour schemes.
You will be surprised with how much difference a backsplash will make to your kitchen. You will need a professional to get your electricals, plumbing and work surfaces, but the backsplashes are something that you can do yourself.
There are so many different variations of backsplashes that you can choose from these days and stainless steel, glass, copper sheets or aluminium sheets are much easier and quicker to do yourself and create a great open look in the kitchen.
If you already have a tiled backsplash and they are in a good condition, then you can opt for renovating them. This can be done by purchasing tile paint as you can do this yourself. This is a great idea if you have a creative side as you can experiment with different colours and patterns. If you are not as handy as you would like to be, then opt for self adhesive tile stickers, you won’t be able to tell the difference if done right.
Your cabinets are the focus of the kitchen so it’s important to get these up to speck. This is the area which shows off your personality so don’t be afraid to add some colour. If your cabinets are in good condition, then there is no need to have them replaced, instead opt for painting them yourself as this can make a huge difference.
There are some key colour trends to be looking at when painting your kitchen cabinets such as, two tone and block colours. Both look great and show off some personality, so it’s completely up to you. If you were going to do two toone, then opt for a darker floor cabinet olour and lighter wall cabinets.
One thing that is essential when painting your cabinetry is to change your handles for something more modern and slick. This will add some luxury to the room without having to spend a fortune. This will finish the look off perfectly.
One of the biggest changes that can happen in the kitchen is to change the worktops. There are two different ways in which you can do this. Firstly, you can go light, this opens up the kitchen and makes it look much bigger but also makes the mess stand out. You can also go dark, this will add some depth to a kitchen. It is recommended to get quartz or granite as these look similar to marble but without the price tag.
If you are not confident with changing the surfaces, you can always get a professional but this will definitely be worth it. A great way to do this cheaply is by covering the worktops with peel and stick worktop film but this will require redoing multiple times as wear and tair is certain to happen.
If you havent already got hardwood flooring throughout the house, thenyou can opt for something that will look great with your revamped kitchen. This doesn’t have to cost a fortune as there are many different alternatives to having hardwood. Firstly, you could opt for tiles, these help to add some texture and pattern to the flooring, this will need to be for a larger room as this can make a room look small. Other alternatives can be laminate flooring, these come in a range of different colours, shapes and effects so this can be a great option on a budget. If you are stuck for cash, then adhesive floor stickers can also do the job, this will also need replacing regularly due to wear and tear.
Although most of the things that we are talking about are mostly do it yourself, this one may need the help of a plumber. This is a great way to add some lux to your kitchen as you can opt for a more modern tap or even look at a hot point where you can have instant boiling water as well as the standard hot and cold. This will add a lot of value to your kitchen without having to spend thousands. There are many different materials including copper, brass, matt black and anything in between.
Kitchen lighting creates a great atmosphere and looks great when done right. Obviously if you are looking at having a chandelier or new drop down lighting, it might be best to get a professional to do this as it could result in them not working. For an aesthetic feel, you can go for an extremely cost effective way of adding some extra lighting to your kitchen by adding LED tape lights. This can easily be plugged into the mains and be controlled by remote control so you can choose from a range of different colours pending on your mood and colour scheme. This is definitely something that will give your kitchen the wow factor that you need.
Artwork is a great way to add some personality to any room, especially a kitchen. This is where your imagination and flare can come into place. Adding some wall art prints to your room will give the illusion that the room is much bigger than it actually is. This is also a great way to spruce up a room if you are renting and are restricted.