A little make-over can make a big difference


The kitchen is one of the most utilised areas in a house and as a consequence often suffers the most wear. If your kitchen is aging or even just looking a bit tired there are some simple ways to give it a fresh new look without blowing a big hole in your bank balance.

Why not try some of these ideas?

A Change of Handles

For a quick change, try swapping out cabinet knobs and handles. There are so many styles and finishes available, and you will be amazed the difference a simple change of handle can make. Handles and knobs come in a variety of textures including ceramic, plastic, steel, copper, wood, and many more so you can mix and make for a look your love. A change of hardware can instantly update your kitchen and get you well on your way to achieving the look you want.

Colour Me New

New colour means new look. Change may be as good as a holiday but it could also be just what your kitchen needs. Different colours, different ideas, different feel and all by a simple change of colour. By choosing a neutral tone for the walls, it will be easier to match different materials and hardware later on. Neutral tones are also useful if you are a fair-weathered decorator who likes to mix and match hardware and other textiles regularly. Another painting consideration is the cabinetry. Even the oldest and dullest kitchen cabinets can be improved with a fresh coat of paint. You may want to try a high gloss finish or bold colour to make a strong visual impact and give your kitchen some punch.

Take Me Away

Often the easiest way to change the look and feel of your kitchen is to reduce it. Designing a funky looking kitchen is easy – simply remove the upper cabinet doors. Now those upper shelves can multi-task as a combo display and storage area for your pretty or colourful crockery. Removing some cabinet doors can also make your kitchen appear bigger by opening up the top of the room. This is a great idea if your cabinets are in such bad shape that even the best paint job wouldn’t save them. You can paint or add attention-grabbing wallpaper at the back of the cabinet as a design quirk, too.

Accessorise me

Something as simple as changing your light fixtures or window dressings can instantly update your kitchen. If space allows, you could add an island or even a ceiling rack to hang up pots and pans. Create extra storage with shelving or with vintage hooks, which are readily available and won’t break the bank. If you have dated curtains, try roman blinds or sleek roller blinds for a modern look.