One of the most important rooms in any house is the kitchen; this is where families congregate and delicious dishes are cooked. You do not have to be an expert in design or a style extraordinaire to make your kitchen feel special.
Look At Me!
If you are working on a tight budget, there is no need to worry. You do not have to get in those who are experts in designing and building kitchens to make a difference. A few obvious but handy tips and tricks can get you on the way to completely transforming your space. Firstly, think about re-painting. It may not seem like an impressive option, but choosing a fresh colour scheme instantly updates the room and makes it feel new. If you are working with a smaller space than you would like, opt for neutral colours. This helps to make the kitchen feel bigger and brighter than it is, providing an optical illusion. If you do not want to paint all the walls, then why not have a try at creating one feature wall? Select a vivid colour that requires a bit of daring or a strong wallpaper pattern and go for it. Creating a focal point like this detracts attention from the areas of the kitchen you would rather guests did not notice! It is not just the walls that may need attention, but the units too. If you cannot afford a complete overhaul, then try replacing the handles or doors. Changing the design in such a manner instantly updates the room, without all the added expense!
From Plant to Plate
If a fresh lick of paint does not quite do the trick, then move onto accessories. Treating yourself to some contemporary kitchen furniture or blinds allows you to experiment with fabrics and colours, giving the space a personality without spending a lot of money. One tip is to splurge on appliances. Purchasing a kettle, teapot or a selection of jars in a bright colour has more impact on the room than you may have first thought. In fact, all kitchens will look a whole lot better with a few tweaks. If you consider yourself to have green fingers, why not try your hand at cultivating your very own herb garden? Herbs can be grown on a windowsill and they may just come in handy when cooking up a meal. To get started, simply fill a plant pot or tray with soil and plant a selection of seeds, before placing the pot on a windowsill that gets plenty of sunlight. Ensure that the herbs get the light, water and nourishment they need and it will not be long before they are making their way onto your plate!
Treading the Boards
Yet, there are also slightly more expensive options to consider when it comes to transforming a kitchen. Replacing kitchen flooring may be a bit pricey, but it is likely to last for years once installed. There are many options, from vinyl, to slate and ceramic tiles, which means there is likely to be one that fits within your price range. Additionally, you might want to consider replacing the lights in the room. With so many options to choose from, this is one way to influence how the room feels. Purchasing a mixture of task lighting for when you are cooking is a must, so that work surfaces are lit up properly. Try supplementing this with lower hanging lights over the table and strategically place lamps next to particularly interesting objects or even that newly painted focal wall. When you are finished, you may not recognise the place!