If your dream of a sparkling new kitchen clashes violently with your available funds, don’t give up. There are plenty of ways to give your kitchen a whole new feel without resorting to a full refit.
Step 1: Set your budget
Once you’ve decided this, you can prioritise the options that are going to give you maximum impact, with anything left over used to put the finishing touches on your creation.
Step 2: De-clutter
Be ruthless – if you haven’t used that ice-cream maker in the last year, it’s time to rehome it. Any cupboard space you can create will help clear your worktops of clutter, giving you attractive clean lines and space to work with. Have a think about alternative storage solutions at this stage too – a wall-mounted spice rack or pan hooks could free up some space and create an attractive feature at the same time. This ties neatly into…
Step 3: Decide on the look you’re going for
A cosy farmhouse feel or retro chic, clean black and white, pretty pastels or vibrant Mediterranean colours – having a definite vision in mind will help you create an impressive and coherent end result.
Step 4: Cupboard love
Your units are the single biggest feature of your kitchen, and without doubt the best starting place for your makeover. While completely new units may well not be an option for you, replacement kitchen doors are an easy and cost effective alternative guaranteed to make your kitchen feel brand new. Kitchen-Magic.com is a company that offers a wide range of colours, styles and finishes made to your specifications. If your budget runs to it, they will also replace your worktops.
Step 5: Go to the wall
You might decide a full repaint is needed to complement your replacement kitchen doors. Alternatively, consider introducing a feature wall, or perhaps hang one or two well-chosen accessories: a piece of wall art that ties into your theme, a mirror for a sense of increased light and space, or that spice rack we mentioned back in step 2.
Step 6: Floor it
New flooring may seem a daunting option, but if the funds permit and you feel your kitchen needs it, it’s worth investigating the possibility of laying something new on top of your existing flooring. Failing that, give your lino a home-grown deep clean with this clever trick. For tiled floors, a 2:1 mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide with a small amount of washing up liquid will have your tiles looking like new – just leave it to work for 5 to 10 minutes, scrub and rinse.
Step 7: The final touches
Curtains, storage jars and utensil holders, bar stools, taps and splashbacks, small appliances – depending on your budget and fondness for DIY there are hundreds of little changes you can make to highlight and accentuate your chosen look. Ideal Home gives a selection of a few of them here to get your design juices flowing.