Simple steps to overhaul your kitchen in time for the festive season
T’is almost the season of tinsel, snow globes and mistletoe; the time of year when the family gathers together on overturned apple crates and dressing table stools to devour a festive dinner of turkey, cranberries and Christmas ‘pud. There is never enough seating, someone is always grumpy and the kitchen is never big enough to accommodate all of your guests.
Whilst we can’t promise you a brand new kitchen (or that it will look spotless at 6pm on Christmas day) we do have a stocking full of renovation tips and tricks without the hefty price tag. Surprise your guests on the big day with a revamped and streamlined kitchen, or sit back and revel in your smugness at saving money during the most expensive time of the year. Happy holidays!
1. “Find Your Function”
First, consider what ‘function’ you want your kitchen to achieve. Are you entertainers or speedy cooks? Is the room solely for cooking or dining too? Do all the family lend a hand when preparing dinner or are you a solo cook? Once you know what you want from your kitchen you will find selecting your design choices a lot easier.
2. “Install Feature Lighting”
Take a minute to look at your current lighting situation and consider where or what can be changed to add a ‘wow’ factor to the room in just one swift move. This is where the function of the room is imperative; love to entertain? Then set the mood with some show-stopping pendant or chandelier lights, so your guests can enjoy the ambience as you work away on dinner. Are you in and out of the kitchen as fast as you can? Then invest in some practical but still striking spot lights. Open plan kitchen / dining area? Let the kitchen do the talking with some under-cabinet lighting whilst wall lights keep the dining area more relaxed.
Be realistic with how much your kitchen size can handle; don’t try and overcram a small kitchen because you can’t bear to part with your pots and pans. Downsize and do so with a flourish – you will feel much lighter for it and your kitchen will be grateful. Don’t ignore your countertops either; utilise your wall space and install display shelves for all those beautiful jars taking up precious space, or hang chopping boards and utensils from the walls.
4. “Make Over Your Units”
This step will take more time and consideration, but it also has the most effect so if you can, it really is worth doing. A kitchen can go from dark and outdated to light, bright and modern in just a few coats of paint and, if you know how to do it, will hardly cost you anything. Ensure that you label all cupboard doors and drawers as they are removed and painted – it isn’t as easy to put all the pieces of the puzzle back together as you would imagine. Consult a professional if you aren’t comfortable taking on this project solo and remember that it isn’t a weekend job that can be rushed into – do your research and reap the (major) benefits in just a few days.
If repainting the units doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then consider replacing the door and drawer handles. The type of handle you choose says a lot about your kitchen theme and can make a big impression.
5. “Add Colour”
It sounds simple but colour can be frightening to a lot of people, which is why so many kitchens suffer what I like to call the ‘neutral nightmare.’ That is, there is no colour. Anywhere. Adding colour doesn’t have to be a major overhaul either; consider replacing your splashback with some colourful tiles, investing in some striking blinds or curtains for over the windows or even go simpler, with some fresh green herbs or a scattering of vases with artificial flowers (so you don’t even have to worry about buying fresh ones every few days).
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