It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my house and every other house too. I love getting the decorations out and putting them all up and seeing my tiny little home be transformed into something magical. I equally love it when I take it all down again as my house seems to grow too sizes with the de-decoration. But the whole thing does always highlight parts of my home that need a bit of love and revamping. I am already making plans to redecorate the kitchen in the new year and thought I would share some budget ways to maybe inspire you too.
Co-ordinate your small kitchen appliances – manufacturers are realising that we don’t just think of kettles, toasters and microwaves as just useful appliances but also as decorative accessories and producing them in a huge array of colours. So if your kitchen is rather neutral you can add a contrast with a snazzy red kettle or pink toaster.
Handles and pulls – something you use every single day in the kitchen but are your handles rather boring and nondescript? Another quick and relatively cheap way to change the look of a kitchen is to change the handles. Ideally, measure the existing holes for the handles you already have or take an old handle with you and get the same size so all you have to do is swap them over.
Add a bold statement of colour – some kitchens have tiles all the way around, whilst others have hardly any tiles. Tiles do make a lot of sense in a kitchen where there can be a lot of splashes. A cheaper alternative is a relatively new idea of plastic. it comes in a wide range of colours so you can go really bold and is cut to your size at places like Cut My Plastic. It’s safer than glass and can be used as a feature behind a cooker top.
Paint your cabinets – I think this has got to be the cheapest and easiest and if not the most striking way to change a kitchen and what I have planned for mine. Paint suppliers even have specialised paint ranges for kitchen cabinets. My only problem is choosing a colour. I am rather drawn to the colour putty which sounds really drab but I think will work well with my new black kitchen appliances.
Create a feature – if you are lucky enough to have a kitchen large enough to have a feature wall then this would be an obvious choice but if not think lighting or flooring and make it a feature. Maybe a really eye-catching pendant light or a flooring that is unusual. If it’s a smaller kitchen then you have less flooring to cover so don’t rule out more expensive choices you wouldn’t normally look at. A friend of mine has lino that looks like it’s been made of wine crates. It’s amazing.