Updating the look of your kitchen doesn’t actually require that much time or money, despite what you may read in the trendiest kitchen design magazines. It only takes some small changes to create big effects when it comes to your cooking space, and there are a variety of simple and inexpensive ways to give your kitchen that brand new appeal. From books and magazines, window shopping to road shows, there are a number of ways you can get ideas about what you would like to incorporate into your kitchen, so here are a few ways to get you started!

Replace Old Doors

From the door leading into your kitchen to the cabinet fronts on all your cupboards, replacing old doors is one of the easiest ways to give your kitchen that new, vibrant feel. If you’re struggling to part with your cabinets, whether they have sentimental value or were very expensive when you first bought them, try giving them an overhaul instead of ripping them out.  Sanding down the wood and coating your cabinet fronts with a new layer of varnish is a great way to start your renovation, and if you’re feeling more adventurous, why not replace the handles to your cupboards?

 

Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Changing the colour of your kitchen cabinets is another easy and inexpensive option to insert a new lease of life into your cooking space. The trick to painting your cabinets is to make sure that your new colours complement your kitchen walls too. If you walls are white, that means that they’ll be reflecting the light that enters the kitchen, so paint your cupboards a darker colour to provide balance. This also works the other way around too; if you feel your kitchen walls are too dark, then painting your cabinets a light, pastel tone will produce a brighter effect in your kitchen.

Sinks and Taps

This may be a more expensive way of modernising your kitchen, but it will provide a lot more depth and style that could last a lifetime. A new set of kitchen taps, or an entirely new sink altogether is a great way to give your kitchen that new glow, and from porcelain to steel, acrylic to plastic, there are a number of materials from which you can design your sink. If you’re looking to save money, second hand sinks and tap fittings are widely available from builder’s yards and DIY merchants, so make use of your creative freedom!

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Adding an Island

If you have the luxury of excess space in your kitchen, why not add an island station? Other than using up some of the free space, it will also provide an extra cooking or food preparation area, and we all know you can never have too many of those! If don’t feel that your money won’t stretch that far, then a kitchen trolley is an excellent alternative. This mobile preparation space will allow you to prepare your food in any part of the kitchen, and it can even be used as storage space for dry goods.

Lloyd is a freelance writer and blogger, he focuses on design and culture topics, and is currently working on behalf of http://www.rangecookers.co.uk/

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