You might have long put off the task of updating your kitchen, perhaps due to being convinced that it would take a huge chunk of money, exhausting your budget. However, that wouldn’t have to be the case! By applying a bit of clever thinking, creativity, and – of course – effort, you could make your kitchen look better while spending surprisingly little in the process. Here are some of the most cost-effective techniques to update your kitchen on a budget:
Improve the storage options
As the years have gone on, you have probably accumulated lots of different items that are often left scattered about your kitchen. That’s understandable when you’re constantly coming and going, preparing meals and snacks. However, you could set aside time to go through your cupboards and make sure that your most needed items are always at the front and easy to reach. Also, consider putting in place more space-effective storage solutions, such as pull-out drawers, drawer organisers and stacking shelves inside cupboards.
Bring in more light
There are several ways in which you can do this. One is by installing additional lighting. Ideal Home advises: “Ideally, you should have task lights, such as spotlights, over the worktops, halogen lights on the extractor and overhead lighting with ambient light in a dining area.” (However, the site also urges that naturally you “use a qualified electrician for anything complicated”.)
A greater amount of natural light can shine into your kitchen once a lantern roof has been installed. Bifold Shop can, for you, provide a lantern roof that is strong and thermally efficient.
Give your walls a refresh
Your kitchen walls are obviously a prime way to change and improve the look of your kitchen, by giving them a fresh coat of paint which is a cheap improvement, too. Plus it shouldn’t take longer than a day for you to complete this job. Consider what shades are currently “in” as you shop for paint or alternatively, you could forget the paint and instead add some feature wallpaper. Some wallpaper is specifically designed for hanging in a kitchen, being more resistant to steam and heat.
Don’t leave out the kitchen sink
While your kitchen could certainly look a lot better if you revamp many parts of it, the term “everything but the kitchen sink” should be turned on its head. Changing the kitchen sink, which is a focal point of the room, can really improve the overall appearance, especially as there are so many new and exciting sink and tap designs and colours to choose from – whether you prefer country style tradition with a white butler sink, or a contemporary sleek stainless steel or black basin.
Conceal ugly appliances
Although your kitchen’s appliances serve a very useful purposes, sometimes they are more functional than beautiful and can detract from the overall design of the space. Similarly, futuristic appliances can look out of place in a country cottage. So think about ways to disguise the appliances you don’t want to see. In a cottage you could drape a pretty curtain over a washing machine for example, using fabric that ties in with your kitchen’s design scheme. Or how about using chalkboard paint on your fridge or painting those stark white appliances silver? You can even use plants to help disguise visually unattractive corners in your kitchen, just use your creativity to improve the overall visual theme.