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5 easy and budget-friendly ways to revitalise your kitchen

17 Sep 2019

Revitalising your kitchen needn’t mean a complete overhaul. Make small changes to get big results. Cleverly targeted updates can give the sense that a whole room has been refreshed. Builders Warehouse shows you how…

1. Open shelves

Additional storage is often an issue in a kitchen. One way to include extra storage and not have the feeling that the walls are closing in is open shelves and floating shelves, where storage meets display.

2. Pendant lights

Task lighting is important in a kitchen, and can be cleverly concealed under shelves and counters. Kitchens often include breakfast bars or integrated dining areas. Make your kitchen seem more homely with hanging lamps.

3. Textures

Rich and varied natural textures are making headway into a more modern, glossy zone of the kitchen. Wood, stone, ceramic and metallic are all effective ways to introduce tactile elements. Stone mosaics and cladding are the way to go, and within the reach of the weekend DIY.

4. Colour

Another way to add impact to a kitchen is to include colour. A painted feature wall or a bright acrylic splashback, which is easy to install, are the quickest and easiest ways to add visual punch without having to cover large areas.

5. Cupboard doors

For a big impact that’s budget friendly, replace your tired old cupboard doors. It will look like you have a brand new kitchen.

Where to spend versus where to save

- Spend on countertops: They take a beating, so you need hard-wearing quality.

- Save on splashbacks: Traditionally expensive, but acrylic splashbacks are effective, affordable and easy to update, and have huge visual impact.

- Spend on hinges and drawer runners: Constant use means constant wear - quality will prove the best investment.

- Save on cabinet handles: Inexpensive handles can make a whole cabinet seem as if it has been updated, but splurging seldom makes a difference to the effect.

- Spend on appliances: You’ll be using these every day for years - it’s worth getting the best you can.

- Save on gadgets: These are luxuries, which you can always put on your Christmas wish list.

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