Now that kitchen and dining areas are becoming one again as we embrace the open concept that is contemporary living you might be thinking your space could do with a bit of a makeover. Nothing works quite as quickly or effectively as brightening up your kitchen/dining area and there are several ways to do it. Here are our top 7 tips for doing just that.
Beautify that Kitchen Backsplash
Unless you have been living under a rock you cannot fail to have noticed that backsplash is the current kitchen buzzword with a capital B. If you have the old, boring tiles between your worktop and top cabinets that have been there for aeons its time for a change. Glass tiles are very much the current hottest trend and can make a huge difference to your kitchen.
Loving the lighting
Even the most stylish of décor can love its effect when the sun goes down if your lights aren’t up to scratch. Lights bring life to a room in the evenings, simple as that. As far as the kitchen is concerned forget those old fluorescent fittings and replace them with a few recessed or flush mounts. Under cabinet lighting will illuminate your worktops where you need it and if you have an island add a modern pendulum fitting and a stylish and contemporary chandelier is the finishing touch to your dining area.
Replacement Kitchen Doors
A lot of kitchens can be transformed with replacement kitchen doors. They’re a lot cheaper than many of the alternatives when it comes to a kitchen refurb and can truly give your kitchen a lease of life. We’re experts in this area and are always more than happy to help – so get in touch.
Painted to perfection
A pot of paint and a brush will give your kitchen/dining an instant makeover. Not only that but you don’t even have to paint the whole room, maybe just a create an accent wall which you can tie your accessories in with to complete the look. Take a look at these colour palettes for ideas.
Don’t panic you don’t have to start painting your accessories. By this, we mean that any accessories you have should add something to the aesthetic value of your kitchen or dining area. Cast your eyes around the space. Does that ugly plastic kettle detract from the classy kitchen around it? Is that tablecloth faded beyond recognition? It’s these little finishing touches that make or break a room, it’s up to you to ensure yours does the former.
New Curtains or Blinds
Adding new curtains or blinds to windows or French doors in your kitchen can also help you in a variety of ways. If your curtains or blinds are getting tired or you’ve overhauled your kitchen design then why not take a look and consider some newer ones.
There are all sorts of great kitchen appliances available in a variety of different colours – whether it’s a new bright red Kitchen Aid, the addition of some colourful chopping boards or coffee extras like a Bodum Cafetiere we’ve reached a point where the colours we add to our kitchens are only limited by our imagination.
The perfect way to make a plain wall into a real feature is with the use of decals. Trees, geometric symbols, words of wisdom in a calligraphic font, there is so much choice around at the moment you are guaranteed to fit in with the ambience you are trying to create.
Many of you reading this now will be thinking to yourself that this doesn’t apply to you as you have no clutter. You may not have of course, in which case move on, but chances are that you have and just don’t notice it anymore. Get rid of the appliances you don’t need, put the rarely used away in your kitchen cupboards and only have on show what you use and what is attractive.
Outdoors and Indoors
A big refurb can make a big difference to your home – here’s an idea. Glass walls or an enlarged door out to a patio, alfresco dining space or garden space can bring the outdoors and the indoors together. It can be the perfect addition for those that love to cook but eat outside when the weather’s fine. Just get a good architect and quality builder to help you through the process and you’ll be ready to choose some new garden furniture in no time at all.
This doesn’t have to be a complete demo job as there are many little things you can do to make it look as if you have gone the whole hog. Painting cabinet doors, replacing kitchen door and drawer handles, replacing your tired dining suite with some smart and contemporary solid ash furniture, the list goes on and on. The beauty is that you can do as little or as much as your budget allows, and anything you do will be an improvement.
These tips will help you add more to your kitchen and make it a more stylish and attractive prospect.