We all dream about installing brand new kitchen fittings complete with state-of-the-art appliances, and designer fabrics; but the reality is that after purchasing your first home a total room revamp is often far too costly. However First Home News has come to the rescue by providing you with our top tips to updating your kitchen on a budget.
You don’t have to fit a new range of cabinets to make the most of your kitchen. The easiest way to give your kitchen a new lease of life is to sand down wooden cabinets and paint them in a different colour. By doing this, you can totally transform the aura of a room. If the worktops are the main issue, you can replace only the worktops without a complete new range of cabinets. IKEA stocks some very stylish and pocket-friendly ideas on its website.
Update your accessories! You may not think it, but simply by adding new tea towels, crockery and ornaments, the whole colour scheme of a room can be changed and look rejuvenated. We love Cath Kidson inspired floral prints and bright colours, especially during the winter season to brighten up those dreary days.
If you’re in need of new appliances, hold out on paying over the odds for brand new state-of-the-art machines. Instead, wait until the seasonal sales begin, as some retailers knock hundreds of pounds of various styles. If you can’t wait that long, just log onto Kelkoo or Pricerunner to source the cheapest places to buy your appliances. Surprisingly, it’s always worth negotiating with suppliers – they’re experiencing the recession too!
Re-decorating on a small scale always works extremely well: replacing the curtains or blinds in the kitchen can provide you with a whole new style and colour scheme to work with throughout the room. You could even introduce a feature wall painted in a statement colour to tie in with new furnishings. Easier still, by re-arranging the layout of the kitchen, you can completely change the appearance and atmosphere of a room.
What do you think? Is updating your kitchen better than fitting a completely new one?
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