5 INEXPENSIVE WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN
Drab decor? Small spaces? We've five cheap and easy ways to keep enliven your kitchen space and keep it looking fresh - without having to bring in the builders. The good news is keeping your look fresh is easier than you think. The kitchen holds endless decorating opportunities, so be bold and have a bit of fun.
Here’s five ways to update your kitchen:
1 Pick an Accent Colour
you’ll be surprised how effective a bright red kettle is against a bland white palette. You’ll be thrilled, however, if you then repeat the same happy hue in a toaster or a water jug. Star stylist Jason Grant believes in enlivening a blank canvas through accessories, “You can’t go past the retro style of Smeg’s Fab Fridge – my favourite is the blue – or the retro lines of a KitchenAid mixer. And don’t underestimate the power of a cute tea towel!” The key is not to go overboard, but to add pops here and there.
2 Splashback Style
Designers are getting playful with the splashback behind the oven area, and there’s no reason why you can’t, too. Tiles, glass, laminate or paint, it all looks good and adds flair to a formerly forgotten area. Because the area is so small, you can afford to be bold with your colour and pattern choice. Beware that it needs to be heatproof and easy to wipe clean.
3 Unexpected Twist
Think about how you use the space. We’re loving the new trend of adding colour to the inside of cupboards, bringing a surprise new element to the space. The best part is you can go a bit wild, as it won’t be on permanent display, so be adventurous with a bright orange, luscious lilac or acid yellow.
4 Add Vintage
Kitchen storage is another opportunity to add a little character. Second-hand glass cabinets, tables and chairs add charm and a sense of history to your cooking zone and won’t break the budget either. Glass fronted cabinets look the part when filled with heirloom china.
5 Send a Message
Nothing could be simpler than adding a blackboard wall to your kitchen, thanks to the new range of blackboard paints on the market. This super cute addition to your cooking zone can be used for shopping lists, menus or a great way to keep the little ones occupied as you get on with cooking.