How to give your kitchen a facelift

 

As one of the busiest rooms in the house, there are times when your kitchen is going to need sprucing up. Despite this seemingly daunting proposition, there are lots of things which can be done and at a relatively low budget, which should help provide your kitchen with a new lease of life. Here are a few pointers.

Cabinets
Fixtures such as cabinets often dominate a kitchen space. And due to the high traffic levels, they’re often the first kitchen feature to look haggard and worn. So it makes good sense to address any visual defects you may find and ensure that your cabinets remain in good working order. If they are, try to repurpose them. There are a number of things you could try such as spray-painting, although be sure to prep and prime them properly for optimum results – brush painting won’t achieve the same ‘good-as-new’ effect. Re-lamination is another option for older cabinets that have been laminated in the factory. These can then be re-covered with vinyl or wood veneers.

Light fixtures
Installing new lighting will have an immediate effect on your kitchen’s ambience and is relatively low cost. Most lighting fixtures can be replaced easily although in some cases, hiring out a professional is probably advisable. If you’re looking to add a dynamic dimension to your kitchen space consider using a mix of natural, overhead and under cabinet lighting – the latter can really accentuate a kitchen’s layout and fixtures. In terms of flexibility, it might be worth investing in a dimmer switch so you can adjust the light according to mood or activity.

Sink fixtures
The sink area is one of the main indicators of a kitchen’s decorative style. It can also say a great deal about how well looked-after it is. For instance, dripping, stained taps often reveal a kitchen that has become worn around the edges and tired. So an upgrade is often the best solution. Replacement is usually pretty affordable and there is a vast collection to choose from including brass, chrome, copper, oil-rubbed and satin versions. To maintain a uniform appearance keep in mind the existing appliances and fixtures. So, for instance if your kitchen is dominated by chrome, seek out and install fittings which compliment this style.

Paint
A fresh coat of paint is perhaps the easiest way to give your kitchen a noticeable makeover – it’s also pretty affordable. Light, natural colours such as yellows are very popular because they lend a sense of light and airiness. Green is also a go-to colour due to its calming effect, which often proves useful for a domestic space like a kitchen, which can sometimes become rather hectic. If there’s an elaborate cabinet system in place, be sure to match your chosen hue with the existing colour palette. You could also consider additional touches such as painting floor-trimmings a different shade – this can provide the illusion of added space and is therefore ideal for smaller kitchens.

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