Open the door to a new look

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - PERTHSHIRE PROPERTY - Lor­raine Howard

Most peo­ple will be­lieve that they need to replace their en­tire kitchen to give it a new look.

But what if there was a way that avoids it be­ing a dis­rup­tive and long winded process?

It might be said that the kitchen is the most im­por­tant room in the house.

For many of us, it is the most used as well as where we spend most of our time, whether we’re pre­par­ing nu­tri­tious meals for our fam­i­lies, pre­par­ing to en­ter­tain large and small crowds, or just sit­ting at the kitchen ta­ble sip­ping cof­fee with an old friend.

Re­gard­less of whether your kitchen is large or small, it seems al­ways that this room tends to be the gathering place when peo­ple visit the home.

It’s been said that kitchen up­grades can sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the value of a home.

But you may not have the cash to in­vest in a brand new fit­ted kitchen, you may want to just try some of these tips to trans­form the heart of your home.

You won’t have to empty all your cup­boards and we won’t be pulling out old kitchen units cre­at­ing un­nec­es­sary up­heaval.

No liv­ing with clut­ter for weeks on end.

No need to trawl through take­away menus ev­ery night.

Your new kitchen will be up and run­ning be­fore you know it.

A fresh coat of white high gloss paint will lighten, brighten and open up your room.

If you’re a colour per­son add some bold colour to your cab­i­nets and make a state­ment.

If you want a more mas­cu­line look try stain­ing your cab­i­nets a darker, richer colour.

All you have to do is replace old kitchen unit doors with made-tomea­sure new ones and in­cor­po­rat­ing new kitchen work­tops, a sink, or an oven and hob if you like, you will save at least half the money spent on a com­pa­ra­ble new kitchen. A lit­tle fresh paint can work won­ders. Kitchen walls get dirty and grimy eas­ily and this can make a kitchen seem older and dingier, even if you wipe down your walls reg­u­larly. Try adding some colour to your walls. Colour can greatly trans­form your space. If your kitchen is white why not con­sider go­ing green, grey or blue? You could con­sider re­plac­ing your work­tops. This can be pricey but there are many af­ford­able op­tions out there. There’s re­ally no way to quickly wake up tired coun­ter­tops.

Some peo­ple may ad­vise you to paint but this is one area where a small in­vest­ment will pay out well in the long run.

Look into al­ter­na­tive ma­te­ri­als such as wood, cork, con­crete, even lam­i­nates.

An­other way to add colour to your kitchen is to add a few plants.

Plants evoke a sense of calm and health. Plant some herbs and keep them in pretty pots so that your plants are func­tional as well.

So this sum­mer why not try and jazz up your kitchen with a few cheaper op­tions and bring some new life into your home.

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