It’s a familiar truism that the kitchen is the heart of home. Gone are the days when the kitchen was used only for cooking and preparing food, and shooing meddling husbands and filthy children out the back door.
Nope, the contemporary kitchen is so much more than that.
It’s common these days for a kitchen to be a living space, an office, a play area and dining room all rolled into one – and that’s before you’ve even thought about putting any grub on the table.
But if your current kitchen closely resembles a dank and dingy prison canteen, it’s probably about high time you gave it the revamp that you and your family deserve.
The best thing about improving your kitchen, though, is that you don’t need to break the bank to achieve the space of your dreams …
Upgrade Your Counters
Counters will play a large role in the functionality of your kitchen, so it’s important to spend as much as you can afford getting it right. Although pricey, popular options include marble and natural stone, but a more wallet-friendly option is laminate, with IKEA, for instance, doing a nice line in funky, pre-cut counters to suit almost any budget.
Learn To Accessorise
From kooky cookware and ovenware to textiles and kitchen mats, breathing new life into your space needn’t involve robbing a bank to pay for it all. Once you’ve decided on a colour scheme, you can gradually add more accessories to your kitchen armoury, ensuring you’re prepared for whatever culinary question comes your way!
Transform Cabinets from Shabby To Chic
Rather than splash out on expensive new cabinets, why not reface your existing doors? Simply have them removed, get them sprayed professionally before putting them back – and no one will be any the wiser. Importantly, however, make sure that the shelves are sound and watch out for water damage and mould inside, too.
Don’t Be Afraid To Sink
Not literally, of course, but by improving the look and feel of your kitchen sink, you can add to the overall functionality and aesthetics of your kitchen. Be sure to keep the size of the sink in proportion to the rest of the space, as the last thing you want is a gargantuan bathtub reserved for washing dishes taking over valuable kitchen real estate.
Splash Out On a Splash Back
Splash back’s are increasing in popularity, with folk realising they can add a splurge of colour AND functionality to their kitchen relatively inexpensively. Not only does it protect your walls from splashes, stains and other damage, splash backs are hygienic, easy to clean and offer strength and endurance unmatched by tiles, for example.