A Crafted Passion

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For most homeowners, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. If you dream of a beautiful, chic, functional kitchen, you don’t have to blow the budget or take on a major renovation project. In this guide, we’ll explore some simple ways to add serious style.

Color update

The easiest and most affordable way to overhaul a room is to change the color palette. Painting walls transforms the look and feel of a space in an instant and it’s a job you can do yourself on a limited budget. Before you start putting dust sheets down on the floors and prepping brushes and rollers, test out different shades in natural light, browse blogs and magazines to get ideas and consider the theme or style you want to recreate. Think about the ambiance and vibe, as well as the look of the space. Are you keen to create a vibrant, fun space to socialize and entertain, or are you a fan of understated, minimalist trends that induce calm and serenity? Stick to neutrals and light tones if you want to create the illusion of lighter, larger rooms or add flashes of color if you want to be bold. If you love color, but you don’t want to go all-out, you could create a feature wall or add colored accessories to lift plain walls.

New countertops

Whether you’re a fan of cooking, or you’re simply on a mission to make your kitchen look fabulous, upgrading your countertops is a brilliant way to enhance both aesthetic appeal and functionality. There’s a huge range of materials and colors to choose from to suit all property styles. For a modern, cool apartment or a traditional townhouse with a contemporary twist, why not opt for natural quartz countertops or sturdy, stylish granite? For a more rustic feel or a kitchen that checks the natural trend box, solid wood is an excellent choice. Compare prices, shop around for deals and offers and browse online galleries and showrooms to get a sense of which materials suit your vision best.

Accessories

If you’re looking for a quick and simple way to give your kitchen a facelift, buying new accessories is the way to go. With a few additions, you can channel a new theme, experiment with different trends, add pops of color and freshen up the overall look of the room. Examples of accessories you can purchase for a fuss-free, affordable kitchen makeover include storage pots and jars, wall art, potted plants and vases, mirrors, fruit bowls and tea towels. You can inject a new colorway or add patterns and prints or introduce a new trend, such as industrial, retro or country cottage. Take a trip to local home stores, shop online and scroll through social media to get ideas and add items to your cart. If you find accessories that you love in glossy magazines or in places you visit, for example, restaurants and hotels, but you can’t afford them, use search engines to find similar items. It’s often possible to source accessories that look the same for a much lower price if you shop around.

Flooring

Cracked tiles, worn, tired vinyl and warped floorboards can make your kitchen look unloved and unkempt. If your floor isn’t in good condition, or you don’t like the way it looks, explore options for new flooring. From hardwood and laminate to patterned vinyl or stunning ceramics, you can revamp your kitchen by replacing the floor. There are several factors to consider when choosing flooring materials, including your budget, the size of the room, and your lifestyle and requirements. If you have children or pets, and your kitchen opens out onto the garden, for example, it’s a good idea to opt for low-maintenance flooring that you can clean quickly and easily. If you’re on a budget but you prefer wooden flooring, search for reclaimed and recycled boards or see if anybody is selling flooring materials on local social media groups or auction sites. It’s also worth shopping around to see if any stores have got promotions or sales running. You could save a huge amount by buying end-of-line styles or snapping up a bargain during a flash sale event.

For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home. If you’ve moved house, or you’ve decided that it’s time to revamp and update your kitchen, you don’t have to break the bank to fund a large-scale remodel. There are some very simple ways to transform the space on a budget. Paint the walls and change the color, swap your countertops, buy new accessories or upgrade your floor to create a beautiful, functional space.

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