Creating a New Kitchen Look Without Breaking the Bank

Fri, 12/17/2010 - 13:58 - charlottecook

Many people crave new kitchens but cannot afford a complete renovation project. However, there are a couple of small things that you can do which will totally transform a tired and drab room without costing the earth. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a kitchen as it plays such a vital role in setting the mood. Wall mounted lights can create a focal point, whilst pendant lights hanging from the ceiling can generate a stylish and sophisticated air in the centre of the room. Contemporary lamp shades will enhance this, whilst the use of dimmer switches will allow you greater functionality as you can change the lighting dependent upon mood and circumstance.

Changing doors and handles on kitchen cabinets can make a surprising difference to a kitchen, giving it a much-needed facelift without breaking the bank. Handles are made out of a range of different materials including glass, bone and wood, whilst the myriad of different sizes and shapes means that you can afford to give your kitchen a new look on a regular basis.

As with other rooms in the house, a lick of paint will go a long way towards reinvigorating your cooking quarters. The colour and shade you choose is important, however, as it needs to complement the units and floor. Painting a small area first and seeing how it looks at various times of the day and in differing lights is advised.

A uniquely designed splash back, the tiled area behind a cooker which usually gets splattered with oil during frying, will add a new dynamic to your kitchen too. You can use your own pattern and colour scheme to create a section of the kitchen which is individually yours. Meanwhile, polished tiles or glass add a different lustre to this area.

Finally, you can buy a movable island to give your kitchen a facelift. Not only will it add a new dimension to the room but it can also be used as extra storage for your utensils, not to mention as a dining table or a cheap way to split the kitchen from the living area.

If you follow these tips, you can create a whole new look in your kitchen with very little effort and minimal cost.