Who has the budget to constantly update their kitchen design year after year?! Not only are kitchen renovations and redecorating expensive, they’re also time consuming and a lot of hard work. If you’ve neglected your kitchen design over the last few years, there’s a good chance that you’ve become disenchanted with your kitchen’s lack-lustre aesthetic.
Never fear! All you need are the below kitchen design update tricks that are not only super quick and simple to achieve, but also budget friendly. They allow you to reclaim your kitchen and are bound to get you excited and inspired to create food as stylish as that prepared in any high-end kitchen. Just be sure to get permission from your landlord should you be renting!
1. Transform Your Cabinets
You’d be surprised just how much you can do to enhance, or even completely change the appearance of your kitchen cabinets. Cabinets form a large part of any kitchen, which is why they are such a major aspect of overall kitchen design.
The easiest method of cabinet transformation is simply to replace the handles and knobs. You may choose to opt for something slick and modern such as long stainless steel bars, or alternatively pick out something bold and eye-catching such as large plastic knobs in bright colours, or rustic handles in brass or copper. Replacing cabinet handles is quick, easy and affordable.
If you’re bored with the look of the actual cabinets themselves, spruce them up! You could paint your cabinets a new colour, or simply wood stain them a new warm wooden hue. It’s on-trend at the moment to have stark white cabinets that act as an elegant backdrop to the other elements in your kitchen. Otherwise opt for lighter shades of charcoal and grey and use white as a highlighting agent on only a few cabinets.
Another option would be to remove the doors from some, or all of your cabinets. This bare, display aesthetic is a top trend for 2015 and allows you to show off your stylish plates, bowls, cutlery and kitchen tools.
2. Put Up Shelves
If you’re not really committed to ripping your cabinet doors off, (or your landlord forbids it!) simply put up new shelves to create the same visual effect. A few open shelves allow you to display only the items that you want on show, and are great for displaying décor elements.
For instance, place your vintage cookware, pot plants, attractive appliances, and cookbook collection on your shelves. Not only does this put these items in pride of place, it also frees up kitchen counter space making for a cleaner, less cluttered look, and more space for food prep. Materials that are on-trend at the moment include anything with rustic, industrial appeal. Think worn wood, concrete, or “workshop” metal.
3. Create a Splashback or Feature Wall
A splashback is a feature wall located in the kitchen. Once you have one, your kitchen design points are boosted tenfold. It makes for a great focal point and piece of interest in a space of your house that is usually viewed as practical and utilitarian. Your kitchen can, and should, have beautiful design features too!
Choose a blank wall in your kitchen that you’d like to spruce up. Creating a splashback could be as easy as simply painting the wall a shockingly contrasting colour in order to make it pop. If you’re willing to put in more work, consider purchasing colourful self-adhesive tiles that you can arrange and stick onto the wall in your chosen pattern. Kitchen-friendly wallpaper is also an option.
Not keen on a splashback? Change the colour of your kitchen walls by painting them a new colour. Something completely different to your current colour will make you feel like you’re in a whole new space!
4. Replace Lighting
Lighting and the vessels it comes in, forms an important part of style and design around the home. Rather than have your kitchen lit up by boring, general roof light fixtures, keep your eyes peeled for interesting lights that add a unique twist to your kitchen.
Brass and copper are big this season when it comes to interior décor. Copper scones are perfect as an eye-catching light fixture in the kitchen. Industrial-style pendant lights are also highly fashionable. These assist in creating lighting at different levels which makes for a cosy and intimate atmosphere while still lighting up specific important work areas.
You don’t need to splurge on expensive lighting if you don’t want to either! With the current style emphasis on rustic and industrial, second-hand and vintage stores could be great for finding bargain lighting fixtures. You could even go D.I.Y. with copper piping, light bulbs and some basic electric wiring knowledge.
5. Art and Accessories
Your kitchen should reflect your style and personality, as well as the décor in the rest of your home. If you haven’t got any art or accessories in your kitchen, it’s about time you got on it! If you do, consider swapping them out for something else, or repurposing them by painting or embellishing them.
Once again, vintage and second-hand stores are treasure troves for sourcing art and accessories. If you prefer simple and modern, print and frame abstract images of your own. A simple arrangement of geometrical shapes works wonders. Otherwise images of old, antique kitchen tools in black and white can be very chic. The possibilities are endless and depend on your personal taste.
Vases and other purely decorative pieces also have a place in the kitchen, as long as you keep it clean and uncluttered. These are great for providing assertive bursts of colour that liven up your kitchen, and generally enhance the desired aesthetic.
The above tips for quickly and easily updating your kitchen design are sure to assist you in changing your kitchen’s style in a fast and affordable fashion. What’s great is that you could easily take on all of the above with little hassle and minimal monetary sacrifice. Or you could simply pick and choose a couple. Either way, they will assist you in reclaiming your kitchen and learning to love it all over again.
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All images: Supplied by Easy Life Kitchens, http://easylifekitchens.co.za/