We all know that the kitchen is the heart of the home. We cook there, we entertain there, we gather the masses and talk life over a scrubbed table – it’s the place we go to entertain. You prepare your meals and wipe tears and drink hot drinks here. Kitchens are for so much more than just cooking; we live in our kitchens, and so it stands to reason that we should want to upgrade the kitchen so that it’s the best room in the house. Given the length of time we spend in the kitchen, you want it to be comfortable, functional and just downright pretty!
Family life is busy, and kitchens are high traffic spaces and since the dawn of open-plan living, kitchens are more popular than ever. If you look around your kitchen right now and you love it, then you may not need to make many changes. However, if the hot water is beginning to sputter and the boiler has become noisy and rattly, then there is every chance that the best thing that you can do is get a quote for a new boiler and start making a list of other ways you can improve it. The kitchen needs your attention, and while the average cost of a kitchen remodel is inching up in price, you need to jump on the changes that you could make. The whole house benefits when you upgrade your kitchen, especially if you are planning to sell up and move on at some point in the future. Adding value to the home is so easy when you invest in the kitchen, and here are eight great ways to do it without busting the bank!
Give The Cabinets A New Face
Cabinets may be expensive to replace, but you don’t have to replace to upgrade and it’s important to know that. You can give them a fresh coat of paint and that will do the trick! If your kitchen is small, choose lighter, brighter colours that expand the space. There’s something beautiful about white kitchen cabinets, but you can still make a bold statement with darker colours on a few of the doors! They work much better in the bigger kitchens out there, as there is more light and space for the dark colours to look great.
Change The Hardware
Often, all you need to do is change the knobs and handles on drawers and cupboards to give your kitchen a fresh look. It’s a smaller investment, so you’re not spending thousands on a whole new kitchen, but you do need to think about colour choices. If you’re loving silver, go for silver, and you can be as elaborate with the designs as you like! The local hardware stores are a great place to visit if you are looking to get new pulls for the drawers. If you want to be fancy, why not get some hardware to slow-close the drawers and cupboards so that you don’t risk any fingers being trapped!
Upgrade The Sink
A sink wouldn’t be the first thing that you think to upgrade, but it has as much of an impact as new flooring or new kitchen counters. Measure the sink you currently have and then choose a better, more modern one to suit your kitchen!
Change The Lighting
Are you currently dealing with hanging lights? Well, under-counter lighting can make a huge difference to the room you’re in. not only will it light the kitchen in a comfortable way, it helps you to see what you’re cooking!
Count On New Counters
You will find over time that counters can become worn down and covered with knife marks from accidental cutting. Replacing these can be a big money job, but it can also be worth every penny you spend!
Extend Your Counters
Often, one of the best ways to upgrade your kitchen is to extend the counter space – if you’ve got room, of course. Adding a butcher block island will be a great way to upgrade the room, and you can add extra room for storage and cooking when you do it.
Replace The Backsplash
Whether it’s behind the cooker or the sink, you can really make the whole kitchen brighten up with a new backsplash behind both. You can go for solid colour or you can choose patterns to really change the way the room looks.
We mentioned the boiler being replaced earlier, but you can replace the other appliances to be more energy efficient and make your kitchen a place you want to spend your time. You can either buy new appliances altogether, or you can get appliance paint!