Giving your kitchen a makeover

All the rooms in your home will need a bit of TLC every now and then, and so when it comes to giving your kitchen a makeover, it is handy to know a few tips for how to change the look and feel of it successfully.

Open-plan kitchen-diner

Open-plan layouts are becoming more popular in new builds, and it is easy to see why. There are many benefits that you can gain from having an open-plan layout. Not only does it look like there is more space, but you will also gain a communal feel. It is the ideal solution for people that love to cook, eat and socialise with others.

For families that like to host get-togethers or spend as much time together as possible despite a hectic schedule, an open-plan kitchen is perfect. It provides you with that extra space and allows you to still be a part of the get-together even when you are cooking. As a bonus, you can look after the children with a lot more ease too. When you are busy preparing dinner, the kids can sit at the dining room table doing their homework, all within eyesight.

Add personality

While most people believe that with the kitchen, you should focus on function over form, that doesn’t mean to say that you can’t add your personality to it through wall art. These beautiful kitchen wall décor ideas will provide plenty of inspiration for adding a bit of character and personality to the kitchen. They fit under the cupboards and come in a variety of colours and sizes.

Focus on the smaller aspects of the kitchen

It’s not just a big change to the kitchen that will make a big difference; the small changes will all help too. For those that don’t have the budget to completely change the kitchen, then making small changes is perfect. Instead of replacing cupboards with new, but expensive ones, opt for floating shelves. Not only will it be cheaper, but it will also give off a rustic vibe to the kitchen and your home. You can display nick nacks or plates for easy access.

Add a splash of colour

A kitchen shouldn’t mean just sticking to simple plain colours, such as greys, whites or oak. You can bring a splash of colour into your home with a feature wall. This works perfectly for those that want to embrace a bold colour but don’t want it to overpower the rest of the kitchen. Painting a feature wall is a cost-effective idea and an easy DIY project you can do yourself. To take this one step further, you could then layer this with some patterned tiles that work with your choice of paint. Tiles are normally found near the sink because of the splashback, but tiles on a feature wall that match the ones near the sink will help tie the whole room together.

If you don’t want to bring colour into the room via the walls, then many simpler options will still provide a pop of bright colour like adding personalized stickers. If you have an island in your kitchen, for example, you could buy coloured stalls to sit up to the island with. The same idea works for a kitchen table. Swap your old oak chairs for a bright red chair alternative and see that colour burst through the entire room.

If you don’t want to replace your chairs, you could always keep them and bring in cushions that add comfort and colour. A lime green or sunshine yellow cushion adds a small burst of colour without taking over.