Although the primary reason for a kitchen is to provide a hyper-functional space for your home, it can also be designed and decorated to complement the rest of the home. The design appeal can be quite easy to neglect, given its primary purpose. However, we think that your kitchen should be able to do both.
Having an outdated kitchen can really bring down the rest of your home’s appearance and not to mention, the resale value. Whether you’re planning on selling your property or your kitchen is looking a little outdated, redesigning or refreshing your kitchen provides numerous benefits.
To help you give your kitchen a well-deserved refresh, we have provided a few ways you can refresh your kitchen below.
Repainting The Walls
One of the most impactful and inexpensive ways of refreshing your kitchen is to re-paint the walls. Although it may require a little more preparation when compared to other rooms in the home, it can make a significant difference in terms of the overall appearance. For smaller kitchens, the wall space may be limited due to various cabinets, overhead cupboards, and other appliances, but adding a new coat of colour often serves as a pop. If your kitchen is looking dark and gloomy, then why not lighten it up with a bright coat of paint?
When preparing your walls for painting, you will first need to clean your kitchen walls to remove grease and dirt that may have built up over time. After cleaning with mild detergent, you will then need to sand the walls to remove any bumps or imperfections that may have developed over the years. At this stage, you should also check the walls for any holes. If you do find any holes in the walls then you can fill them in with spackle or multi-purpose filler. Once the sanding is complete, you will need to wipe down the walls, vacuum the dust, and cover the cabinets, appliances, and the floor before prepping to paint.
Updating Your Countertops
Although the aesthetics of a countertop may be subjective, natural stone countertops tend to always induce a positive response. Whilst laminate countertops both function and look great in the kitchen, natural stone countertops are hugely desirable and they provide a range of incredible benefits. Natural stone countertops are available in a variety of materials, such as granite, marble, and soapstone.
If you still have laminate countertops, then you may want to consider updating them to natural stone. Here are a couple of reasons for updating to a natural stone countertop rather than laminate.
- These types of countertops last a lifetime as they are incredibly durable and require minimal maintenance. Spillages, accidents, and slicing knives rarely damage the surface of granite, marble, and soapstone.
- The value that you get from natural stone countertops is astounding. Of all the available countertop materials, none can enhance the value of your home the same way a natural stone can. As mentioned before, these stones are hugely desirable as they are always in style. In a sense, they are considered to be timeless, but they are also contemporary at the same time.
Upgrading Your Sink
One of the most commonly used items in the kitchen is undoubtedly the sink. Replacing your sink and taps can breathe new life into an outdated kitchen, especially if you opt for a modern multi-functional sink. In newer homes, these modern stainless-steel sinks are commonplace and there are also a variety of materials or finishes to choose from, such as copper and cast-iron. In addition, the options for taps are in abundance.
Although you may be limited by the dimensions of your current sink, there are a variety of sinks that you can choose from. If you are planning on updating your countertops also, then you will be able to consider and choose from a wider range of sinks. When compared to other kitchen upgrades, a new sink and tap can be quite affordable, especially if you can do the installation yourself. If you require a professional to complete the installation for you then Room By Room can help. Not only do we provide fitted kitchens, but our experts can complete the installation for you.
Add a Splashback
A splashback is not only functional for preventing staining on the hob wall, but it also introduces a unique element of texture or colour to your kitchen. If your kitchen doesn’t already have a backsplash, then this is a very easy way to give your kitchen a quick refresh. Installing a backsplash can be easily done over a weekend and there are different methods of installation, such as grout or peel-and-stick tiles.
When it comes to the types of splashbacks, there is a multitude of materials available. Glass is one of the most popular types of materials used on a splashback as it is both aesthetically pleasing and low maintenance.
Experiment with Lighting
Lights and subtle lighting play a major role in how welcoming and bright a kitchen feels. Refreshing your kitchen can be as simple as updating your lighting with something brighter. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to go with warmer lighting if you’re unsure. If your kitchen has dim lighting, then you may want to change them in favour of warmer and brighter lights to make it feel more welcoming.
You may also want to consider subtle lighting on certain elements of the kitchen, such as the underside of cabinets or the bottom of open shelves. Bits of subtle lighting can add highlighting to various areas of the kitchen which makes it look brighter and more contemporary. Shopping around for new light fixtures and light switches is relatively easy at most home improvement shops, but you could also look online.
Contact Us for Kitchen Designs & Fitted Kitchens
If you’re planning on giving your kitchen a refresh with new kitchen design, then look no further. Our team at Room By Room have years of experience and expertise in designing and installing kitchens to your exact specifications and needs.
Call us on 01902 710545 or you can contact us here.