The kitchen is the heart of your home, and one room where homeowners often spend a lot of money to get it looking just right. Unfortunately, it’s also the room that can easily start to look dated after a few years, and nobody wants to invest thousands only to rip everything out and start again. There are inexpensive and easy ways to bring your kitchen up to date, some of which are listed below, so you can avoid a full renovation.
1. Work on the walls
Simply changing the colour of your walls or giving them a fresh coat of paint can make a big difference. You could even add a feature wall to make things more interesting. Amber’s exterior cladding tiles with styles such as exposed brick or stone can add a unique, rustic feature to the interior of your home. This works especially well in open-plan spaces like kitchen diners.
2. Replace the floors
The floors of a kitchen are also usually quite easy to replace, as you don’t need to take out units to do so. A new floor can make an old kitchen feel newer and can create a more practical space. For example, removing a carpet and replacing it with tile can make a room feel much fresher, as well as making your kitchen floor easier to clean. Try tile, vinyl or wood flooring that has been designed for kitchen spaces.
3. Pay attention to finishing touches
It’s the small things that make a big difference in your kitchen. You can give it a facelift by replacing a few small accessories, such as:
- Door and cupboard handles
- Storage items
- Your kettle, toaster and other small appliances
You’d be surprised how different your kitchen can look if you invest in a few small items, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to replace these things.
4. Have your worktops updated
New worktops can give your kitchen a fresh, new look and bring it up to date. You don’t have to take out your kitchen units to replace the worktops, yet they can give you a completely different look. Newer worktops can also be better for ensuring kitchen hygiene, as they are easier to clean, so look out for smooth, hardwearing surfaces that’ll stand the test of time.
5. Paint your cabinets
Older kitchen cabinets can make your kitchen look dated but replacing them costs a lot of money. Why not give them a facelift instead? Wooden cabinets can often be sanded down and revarnished or painted with thick chalk paint for a contemporary style on a budget. Another option, which takes a little more skill and patience, is to cover the doors in vinyl. If done properly, this can look good and last a few years.
If you don’t have the time or budget to renovate your dated kitchen, don’t despair. There’s plenty you can do to bring it up to date in the meantime and just a few small changes can make the room look completely different.