Re-modelling your kitchen is an excellent way to create a new look within the same space, extend that space or just update a tired-looking room. Whether it’s renovation or extension, a re-model allows you to create more storage/cupboard space, add in a kitchen island or improve access to the rest of the house or outside space. Installing patio doors is a popular way to do this. Changing existing kitchen lighting can also go a long way to improving the aesthetics of your kitchen. But whatever option(s) you are looking for, there are some simple tips and ideas you can follow to make sure the whole process goes smoothly.
- Make sure that you strike the right balance – don’t overload your space. Avoid cramming in a table, TV, sofa, island, etc. if you don’t have the space to accommodate them, you really don’t want the space to feel cluttered and overcrowded.
- Along the same lines, decide what it is that you want from your kitchen and make sure that you balance its functions. For example, you might want eating, drinking and cooking areas which are all great ideas, but it’s important to make sure that these fulfil their purpose but also complement each other.
- Look at using a fresh, cohesive colour palette if you’re redecorating. This is an excellent way to tie different areas of your kitchen in together. Don’t feel that you necessarily have to go for the bold colours, more simplistic ones like taupe, a light yellow or shades of blue are just as good for this.
- Lots of people want their kitchen to feel bigger, even though creating more space isn’t an option. A great way to do this is to use mirrors – they can work wonders and they don’t have to leap out at you, there are plenty of ways to insert them into your new or existing kitchen design. For example, mirrors added to the back wall of the kitchen, above the units, gives the illusion of a lot more space and reflective surfaces can help make the light bounce around so your kitchen feels bigger and brighter.
- Installing a statement work top is a real style sign which emboldens your kitchen look without being a huge amount of work. You could try choosing onyx for a kitchen island or maybe a chunky marble for something that you really want to stand out. This can work in any space, even if you don’t want to increase the size of the worktop.
- The good old kitchen island is another popular way to add another dimension to your room. For example, if space is at a premium (as it often is with new builds these days) then you could think about adding a small island to the end of your existing worktop with smooth, smaller edges so that it doesn’t stand out so much. You can also make the island a focal point by incorporating appliances, storage and space where you can sit, eat or just entertain.
Trying to keep to a budget?
This doesn’t have to be the limiting circumstance that you might think; there are plenty of ways to combine more high-end elements with cost-effective features. For example, you could incorporate a larder, this is both a statement as well as a nod to the classic kitchen design. It works for all spaces, you can have slimline versions just for tins or larger ones which hold crockery as well as food supplies.
Don’t forget about the flooring! Even just replacing this cheaply can give your kitchen a well and truly re-modelled look. Or look at the wider space by creating a split-level room; digging down gives extra ceiling height in a new space.