Kitchen Makeover Magic – 10 Great Value Design Tips

Put a majorly expensive kitchen renovation on the back burner with these ten purse-friendly design tips for your kitchen.

#1 – Replace tired cupboard doors- Over time and with wear and tear kitchen cabinets lose their lustre. Instead of ripping out perfectly good units, which is costly and time consuming, instantly transform the look of your kitchen by replacing your cupboard doors and drawer fronts.

A professional kitchen refurbishment company will have lots of styles to choose from; solid wood and painted doors for a country kitchen look, to high-gloss acrylic doors for a luxurious modern makeover.

#2 -Update your door bling – A quick and simple way to shake up your kitchen’s style is to change the door and drawer handles. Add contemporary stainless steel for modern clean lines, or wooden door knobs for cottage character.

#3 – Paint and decorate – It may sound obvious but repainting your walls and ceiling will work wonders to enhance your kitchen. Whether you want to change the colour scheme for a completely new look or freshen up your current paintwork, a fresh coat of paint will erase cooking splashes, reinvigorate your cabinets and give your kitchen a new lease of life.

#4 – Add an Island – If your kitchen is roomy enough, installing a kitchen island is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to renew your kitchen layout. As well as adding valuable storage and preparation space, it is the ideal place for family and friends to perch in and around meal times.

#5 – Lay fabulous flooring – Kitchen floors tend to put up with a pounding over the years, especially if you have children and pets. Changing your floor doesn’t have to break the bank though. Vinyl flooring comes in a wide variety of styles and is both affordable and durable.

#6 – Ditch the debris- We are all guilty of letting kitchen clutter build up. Piles of paper on surfaces, DIY detritus in corners and glass fronted cabinets stuffed with open pasta packets. Rediscover your kitchen by ditching the junk and display favourite cookware in your glass cabinets; you will be amazed at the difference.

#7 – Tile time warp- Unfortunately nothing says ‘nineties kitchen’ more than a border of fruit tiles. Changing tiles and splash backs is a great way to reinvigorate your kitchen. For a high quality finish it is worth hiring a professional to carry out the work.

#8 Work your work tops -Lame laminate? Forlorn Formica? Replacing dated worktops is a quick and relatively hassle free route to update your kitchen.

Laminates have come a long way since their eighties counterparts. Now you can choose from a selection of high quality, high performance finishes, including granite, slate and wood. And depending how far your makeover budget will stretch, if it is luxury you crave, you could opt for the real McCoy.

#9 Lighten up – ditching tired light fittings or lighting that is too dark or too harsh will instantly give a new dimension to your kitchen. If you have pendant lighting, a low hanging metal pendant will create a great focal point, particularly over an island or dining table. Whilst low energy flush fitting ceiling lights may cost a little more to install but really enhance the look of your kitchen and give you an even layer of light.

#10 Accessorise – sometimes introducing stylish, new accessories is just the perk your kitchen needs. From retro to cutting-edge, there is a wide range of co-ordinating cookware and appliances to suit every budget and style.

By Laura