Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | WELCOME - WORDS: DANNI MOR­RI­SON For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, visit www.de­sign­by­danni.com

Aques­tion that I re­ceive reg­u­larly, which of­ten comes with a sense of des­per­a­tion, is how to freshen up a kitchen with­out struc­tural mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

These kitchens tend to be around 10-20 years old, and while they of­ten present a func­tional lay­out, the style, colour pal­ette and fin­ishes are tired and out­dated.

It’s 2019! Our mar­ket­place is burst­ing at the seams with prod­ucts and ser­vices that align with the aes­thetic am­bi­tions we have for our ugly kitchens. And they are cost ef­fec­tive too.


If you cur­rently have mus­tard cab­i­netry teamed with tex­tured bur­gundy bench­tops and tim­ber trim, I strongly sug­gest you paint your en­tire kitchen, to­mor­row. There are paint prod­ucts avail­able to cover both lam­i­nate and 2 pac sur­faces. If there’s a lit­tle more in the budget, per­haps con­sider hav­ing the cab­i­netry pro­fes­sion­ally resur­faced.

More com­monly, cab­i­netry is an in­of­fen­sive shade of greige or tim­ber lam­i­nate, but the splash­back is circa 1994, loud, proud and prob­a­bly blue. You now have the abil­ity to fix this in half a day with wall tile paint. There’s no need to stress about the longevity of the prod­uct, as splashback­s aren’t high traf­fic ar­eas. When pre­pared ac­cord­ing to the guide­lines and painted cor­rectly, tile paint should last for years.


If you have ap­pli­ances dis­played on your kitchen bench, they au­to­mat­i­cally be­come part of the aes­thetic and style. Usu­ally, these are ket­tles and toast­ers be­cause Aus­tralians love a cuppa and Vegemite on toast. Align­ing with your style ap­proach, up­date your ap­pli­ances to bal­ance your ex­ist­ing in­te­rior. Cre­ate a state­ment with some­thing retro, bold and colour­ful, or keep it sim­ple with sleek and slim­line ap­pli­ances.


I love noth­ing more than beau­ti­ful pendants in the kitchen. They in­tro­duce such chic style and mood to the space with their soft, yet tar­geted light. There are nu­mer­ous re­tail­ers and on­line stores with cost ef­fec­tive op­tions for pendants, or even try Gumtree. Fin­gers crossed you have a friend of a friend who’s an elec­tri­cian. Surely a car­ton of beer will cover the in­stal­la­tion costs.


Of­ten older kitchens have generic han­dles, which is ad­van­ta­geous when re­plac­ing them. Nor­mally they’ll be a stan­dard size, so you won’t be re­quired to putty and re­paint holes. Re­place your ex­ist­ing han­dles.


A strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned clus­ter of flo­rals and dé­cor can per­fectly fin­ish a kitchen. I de­spise clut­ter, but a sin­gle group of style-con­sis­tent pieces, vary­ing in height and colour, with a pop of green­ery, breaks through what can be quite a ster­ile de­sign sit­u­a­tion.

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