The kitchen is the heart of the home. Of course, if the heart's gone out of it there’s only so much you can do with a cleaning cloth or a vase of flowers. Eventually, you realise you just have to make some changes and if you’re on a tight budget, that can be daunting. But it doesn’t need to be; with a few inexpensive alterations, your kitchen can look amazing.
Is your storage up to scratch?
If you don’t have enough storage space, you will be forced to store some items on the worktops; not only will this make your kitchen look untidy but, with overfilled cupboards and shelves, you will also find it difficult to get your hands on what you need when you need it. New, bigger cupboards can be expensive, but there are fittings you can buy for much less than the cost of new units to allow you to make better use of the space. For example, there is a wide range of cupboard and drawer organisers available including rotating inner shelving and drawer compartments to store your items and food more efficiently. Any space-saving devices such as these will give the impression of a bigger, tidier kitchen.
Fix your fittings
Some jobs can give great returns for little effort or outlay. Changing the handles on doors and drawers, for instance, would be relatively cheap and easy but could really change the look of the room. A new set of taps to replace your damaged, dull or dated ones will definitely give your old sink a facelift and a new lease of life. You can find more taps for your kitchen here, from Wickes, along with many more items to inspire your home makeover.
Dress to impress
You can give your kitchen a fresh look for very little money by changing the fabrics in the room. If you’re handy with a sewing machine you could save even more money, but even if you can’t sew, you can buy new curtains or blinds, replace or buy seat cushions that complement the curtains. Even a new set of tea-towels or oven gloves, hung on display, can make a big difference as long as you remember to keep the old ones out of sight or get rid of them altogether. These and other ideas for making over your kitchen can be found on this highly informative site.
What about the walls?
Don’t underestimate the difference that can be made by adding a fresh coat of paint or some well-chosen wallpaper. There are specialist paints and papers available to suit the moister kitchen environment and they can be combined to create a ‘feature wall’ with the wallpaper and the other walls can be painted in an accent colour. A few pictures or ornaments hung on the walls can also enhance the look of the room, but don’t use anything that will become a dust-trap; there’s no sense in making work for yourself.
These are just a few of many, many ideas for making your kitchen a nicer place to be: for putting the heart back into your home. If you make it look really good, maybe the children will actually want to wash the dishes!