Looking to give your kitchen a new lease of life? While you could opt to have your kitchen replaced with a brand new setup entirely, this can be a costly, time consuming and disruptive process.
Thankfully, there are many ways to transform your kitchen without replacing it entirely and to do so relatively fast. Let’s look at five standout examples!
1. Upgrade Sinks and Worktops
There are many kitchen ideas worth exploring. However, we’ve narrowed things down to five of the best ways to quickly transform your kitchen, starting with upgrading your sinks and worktops.
If your worktops and sinks are fairly worn down, outdated, or both, simply swapping these out for fresher, more modern alternatives can help revitalise the feel and look of your kitchen.
Stainless steel worktops are arguably the best option from a durability perspective. With that said other options like composite worktops, granite worktops and laminate worktops arguably offer better value when it comes to design and aesthetics. As for sinks, stainless steel is probably the best choice, while you may want to opt for a stainless-steel tap or even a chrome tap.
Whatever the case, just be sure that the installations you go with work well together from a practical and aesthetic point of view. Also, in general, it’s important to consider costs and other factors in determining what measures would work best for you and your kitchen.
2. Have It Painted with a New Colour
In general, it takes just 1 to 3 days to have a kitchen painted, and if opting for a new colour, can drastically transform the space in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
The average cost of hiring a professional to paint a kitchen is likely to land somewhere between £200 and £800. Of course, as with all of the kitchen ideas discussed here, how much any given household is likely to pay will vary depending on a range of factors (e.g. the type and quality of the paint used, local labour rates, the size of the kitchen etc).
Some of the best paint colours/tones to consider for your kitchen include white, cream, greys, sage green and dark blues. Of course, tastes can vary, and some homeowners may prefer warmer colours such as a yellow, red or orange tone.
Along with personal preference, it’s important to consider whether a given paint colour will work in your kitchen, including with regards to how it may look alongside other tones throughout the space (e.g. the colour of your countertops). If in doubt, consult a professional.
3. Opt For New Flooring
While somewhat more disruptive than the other ideas listed here, swapping out an old, worn-down floor for a brand new one (and perhaps one made of a different material) can give your kitchen a new lease of life.
Among the best-suited flooring types for a kitchen include vinyl floors, laminate floors and tiled floors (porcelain is a particularly standout option when it comes to tiles).
Other notable options worth considering are real wood floors and polished concrete floors. Of course, as with tiled floors, real wood floors have countless sub-categories within, with cork flooring being a fairly popular choice.
Again, choosing the right type of flooring for you and your kitchen is important. Carefully consider the available options and weigh up their costs and pros and cons before making a decision. Also, once more, you may want to consult with a professional for advice (the same applies in general if you’ve any questions or uncertainties).
4. Consider a Kitchen Island
Another way of transforming your kitchen is by having a kitchen island installed (if you don’t have one already).
A well-fitted kitchen island can act as a great focal point of a kitchen, not to mention offering practical value, whether as a space to eat or even to sit up and use a laptop here.
If you feel a kitchen island may be for you, you’ll want to carefully consider the various types and designs on the market. You’ll probably want to hire a professional to install the kitchen island unless you’re confident you know exactly what is involved and take any necessary safety precautions.
5. Go With Open Shelving
Adding open shelving to your kitchen can also help give it a fresh look and feel. Along with introducing more storage space, open shelving is a great way of showing off certain items that can work the part of ‘display items’ well. This may include wine glasses, an herb collection, cookbooks, kitchen decor and cups/mugs.42