While in the past the living room was considered the centerpiece of a home, today, kitchens are regarded equally as important. It has to have enough work space, sufficient lighting and the utensils and equipment must be kept in adequate storage and arranged in a way that would make chores a breeze.
Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a truckload of cash to create the perfect kitchen. A change in countertops, cabinets, and hardware can make your kitchen beautiful and make working on chores a joy.
Here are a few kitchen makeover ideas to get you started:
1. LIST DOWN YOUR FAVORITE DETAILS
This should always be the first step.
Assuming that you already have a type of material or a motif in mind, it would be easy to incorporate those details into your new design. Just one reminder: ensure that all elements conform to the motif or style that you chose.
If you have doubts, consider availing the services of interior designers from Sydney. The extra cost will be worth it. These designers can siftthrough the endless maze of available products and present you with utensils, fixtures and equipment that will satisfy your taste and realize your desired design.
2. ADD OR CHANGE THE LIGHTING
If the lighting in your kitchen is dim or the overhead fixture isn’t quite appealing, change it. This isn’t difficult nor expensive. You can purchase a new vintage light fixture for under $20 online.
When modifying the overhead lighting, look at the ceiling type and the general feel of the kitchen.
After assessing, you may decide not to replace but instead modify the lighting system to brighten up the place. For one, you can add bulbs or use ones that give off brighter light.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to change the under-cabinet lighting.
3. CHANGE THE DRAWER OR SHELF LINERS
An advantage of laying down a fresh non-stick (non-adhesive) liner is that you have the chance to clean out your cabinets, clean the space and return the items in an organised way.
Moreover, it is easy to peel off non-adhesive shelf liners when it’s time to replace them. But if you don’t plan to remove the liner, go for the ‘peel and stick’ type. These ones are very difficult to remove and can stay on the surface for a long time.
For shelves that will house heavy pot and pans, you can go with ribbed liners. Some of the best liners are selling for around $11 on EBay.
4. CHANGE YOUR HARDWARE
If you’re trying to update the kitchen but don’t have enough time, try changing the hardware on your cabinets.
More and more homeowners are choosing to go with non-traditional options like drawer pulls. The tactile experience is a big draw.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something unique, go for traditional finishes. Beveled glass and hand-pointed porcelain finishes, in particular, are known for instantly bringing that ‘wow’ factor.
Just don’t forget about the hardware on your sinks, doors, and other appliances when changing the hardware on your cabinets. Finishes and shapes across the room should be coordinated to create a sense of cohesion.
5. UPDATE YOUR COUNTERTOPS
Most interior designers refer to countertops as the ‘icing on the cake.’ Although changing a countertop is usually expensive, doing so gives your kitchen a whole new look.
There are plenty of options. Laminate countertops are the most affordable and come in an array of colors and designs. On the other hand, granite is the most popular and comes in a variety of shades such as whites, greens, corals, blacks, and beiges.
Wood is great but must be oiled regularly to seal the surface.
Finally, we have stone countertops which makes your kitchen more attractive, better than tile or laminate. If you can afford it, go for it. It’s strength makes it cost-efficient in the long run.
6. GIVE YOUR CABINETS A COMPLETE MAKEOVER
In modifying cabinets, you can:
Or you can open up the shelves. Remove the cabinet doors and the hardware from the bottom to top then fill in screw holes with wood filler. Leave to dry, then sand smooth, prime, and paint.
You can also add interior curtains to glass-front cabinets to mimic café windows. Fold fabric in 1-inch pleats before stapling the top and bottom to the inside of the door. Then, tie at the middle with matching fabric.
7. BE CREATIVE IN CREATING STORAGE SPACES
Finally, the biggest challenge in most modern kitchens is the limited available space. Kitchen tools and equipment and a lot of activity make the kitchen a cramped space.
One way to remedy this is by putting kitchen sink drawers that tip out. You can also install a shelf over your sink.
These additions will not only create more storage space but also add style to your kitchen.For your wine bottles, a designer wine rack will keep them organised and add pomp to your kitchen.
These are just a few several other kitchen makeover ideas that don’t cost an arm. Bring in a black and white breadboard for your rustic, farmhouse, or beach-style kitchen; defy the norm and splash some bright green or orange on your cupboards; and decorate fixtures to pop out of your traditional rustic kitchen.
You could even add pull-out shelves and/or drawer organisers and get a cool dish rack from Etsy. What you can do in your kitchen makeover is only limited by your imagination!