Seven Top Interior Design Tips For a Kitchen That Stuns
The kitchen is the hardest working room of the house, a constant hub of activity. It’s where your family gathers for meals, friends drop in for a coffee and the kids search for snacks and do their homework. If yours is tired and dated, and you’re looking for some makeover inspiration, here are seven top tips to help you create the kitchen of your dreams.
Replace or Refresh Cabinets
Changing your kitchen cabinets will guarantee one of the greatest impacts. Many homeowners tend to stick with cabinets of the same colour, but for a really stunning effect, contrast dark-stained cabinets with light-colour cabinetry.
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If your budget doesn’t extend to replacing your cabinets, give them a new lease of life with a lick of paint or replace the handles and doors. Glass-fronted cabinets can add a swish touch to your perfect kitchen. If you don’t want your cupboard contents to be totally visible, opt for opaque or frosted glass instead. They’ll conceal what’s inside, but still make the kitchen space feel more open.
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Let There Be Light
Lighting can truly make or break a space. Before you start looking through brochures, consider what you don’t like about the lighting you currently have. Are there not enough task lights? is there too much lighting? Do you like the styles of the lighting controls/switches?
The obvious lighting solution is to dangle a few new swish fixtures from the ceiling, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, probably the most aesthetically pleasing way to light the room is to have layers: ambient, task and accent.
Ambient is the main source of light in addition to natural light. You will probably want as much light as possible and to have it spread evenly throughout the room.
Task light helps to illuminate work surfaces, cabinets and other areas that are left in the shadows by the ambient lighting.
Accent lighting adds some dazzling flourishes to highlight favourite kitchen elements.
Think about everything, from the amount of control you have over the intensity of the light to the type of lighting and the design of the fixtures.
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Redo Your Work Surfaces
You can make a dramatic change by replacing all the worktops, the workhorses of the kitchen where you prepare food, spills sauces, unload shopping and place hot cups of tea and coffee. Think durability and style. Laminate is one way to go, but for longevity, you might want to consider granite or quartz. If you have an island in your kitchen, opt for a different work surface than elsewhere for a striking visual effect.
Make a Feature of Your Splashback
A splashback can be so much more than a protective barrier, it can also be a focal point of the kitchen. There are lots of ways you can go here. Highly reflective surfaces such as glass or a mirror are popular because they look great and are easy to clean. However, they also reflect what’s in front of them and can make worktops look cluttered. Tiles are a good alternative because they are also easy to maintain and very attractive. Think about patterns and colours to complement your cabinets. Perhaps you want a sleek, minimalist look or prefer to mix and match styles and use bold colours.
Style with Appliances
Old appliances can really drag a kitchen down. Replace them all and breathe new life into the heart of your home. If you want to make a strong design statement and add interest and style, install coloured appliances. Choose models that not only give you the space you need but are also environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. This will help to cut down on your electricity bills.
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Add or Upgrade Furniture
Adding a few furniture pieces is such a simple way of creating a fresh new look. If you have a large kitchen add a sofa and a dining table. If you’ve got a smaller space, a chest of drawers or a side table can also be effective.
Reinvent Your Space with New Flooring
Stone, tiles, hardwood or laminate? There are a lot of options out there. Whatever you decide, the floor must not only look good but be hard-wearing enough to handle spills, heavy foot traffic and even pets. Parquet flooring for a kitchen? Why not!
A kitchen makeover is definitely worth the time and investment. Try to avoid the latest trends because they date very quickly. Think long term. A successful kitchen makeover is all about the clever use of space, increasing comfort and improving the look.
Whether you are looking for a makeover or a whole new build, please contact Tracey Andrews Interiors for a quote on a kitchen interior design project in Hertfordshire or London please contact on + 44 (0) 1992 414 649 or 07951 203525.