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For most of us, the kitchen is the hub of the home. If you fancy sprucing up your decor for spring, or your kitchen is more dated than delectable, here are some brilliant ways to create a beautiful, functional space.
Freshen up the walls
If you haven’t painted your kitchen for a long time, or the wallpaper you fell in love with years ago has seen better days, what better way to revamp your kitchen than freshening up the walls? You can choose to add patterns or prints with wallpaper or add a new colorway with painted walls. If you’re looking to create the illusion of more space and open up your kitchen to maximize natural light, it’s best to stick to light colors, for example, neutrals and pastel tones. If your kitchen is small, but you love color, you can use accessories to inject interest or paint or paper one wall to add a focal point. Before you paint, sand down the walls and wipe them with a damp cloth.
Update your countertops
Countertops serve a practical purpose, but they can also make an incredible difference to the aesthetic and feel of your kitchen. Quartz countertop looks exude class and style, while solid wood surfaces are ideal for those keen to embrace a more rustic, traditional vibe. If you are thinking of updating your countertops, explore stores, look at online galleries and think about the colors and materials you want to use and the theme or style you’re going for.
Add plants and flowers
Adding plants and flowers to your kitchen is an excellent way to create a fresh, clean look and bring the outside in. Plants purify the air and they also help to induce calmness and reduce stress. Studies show that plants can also boost productivity. You can use small potted plants to decorate shelves, place a vase of flowers on the table to create an attractive dining or entertaining space or use stand-alone planters or pots to create a focal point in a large kitchen. Hanging plants and terrariums are a great way to make use of wall and counter space.
Switch up your accessories
If you don’t want to spend a fortune on a kitchen makeover, or you’re keen to introduce new colors or try out new trends, switching up your accessories is a wonderful idea. You can use storage pots, plant pots, wall art and frames, mirrors, baskets, kitchen appliances and cupboard handles and knobs to carry a theme or add splashes of color. It’s worth shopping online, using second hand and auction sites and visiting discount stores if you are on a budget, as you can often get some really good copies of designer products at a fraction of the price.
Many of us spend most of our time at home in the kitchen. If you’re keen to refresh your kitchen, or your units, countertops or walls are calling out for some TLC, why not take these tips on board? You don’t have to spend hours decorating or invest all your savings to bring about an incredible transformation.