It is a well-known fact that our kitchens have evolved from being used purely for cooking and meal preparation purposes into a place to entertain guests and spend time with the family. With this in mind, you want your kitchen to look its best at all times, and to do this, you may need to give it a little makeover. If you think it’s time to transform your kitchen, keep on reading and find how you can rejuvenate the entire space.
Creative ideas that can transform your kitchen
Transforming your kitchen doesn’t mean you have to endure a complete renovation project, so don’t panic! With a little bit of DIY and some creativity, you can effortlessly give your kitchen a new lease of life with stunning results. If you have no idea where to begin your kitchen transformation, why not look online for inspiration and create a mood board. Mood boards are an excellent way to collate all your creative ideas together and have a clearer understanding of what you want the final result to look like. It’s important to remember your kitchen is one of the most versatile rooms in the whole house and you want to ensure it can be used all year round in comfort. For example, if you are lucky enough to have a kitchen overlooking the garden, you should consider our bi-fold doors in Milton Keynes. Adding bi-fold doors will allow your kitchen to flow effortlessly into your landscape and prevent your kitchen from getting too hot in the summer months. As well as fitting bi-fold doors, there are a whole host of ways you can transform your kitchen. So, without further ado, here are our top 5 ways to reinvent your kitchen.
1. Update your kitchen cabinets
Cabinets are a significant feature in any kitchen, so by changing the way they look, you can effectively transform the entire aesthetic of your kitchen. There is no need to purchase new cabinets however, as this can be quite costly and there are many DIY methods you can use to give them an impressive makeover.
To give your existing cabinets a new lease of life, you should start by removing all knobs/handles and empty the contents of your cupboards and drawers. To protect the hinges and parts of the room form getting paint on, use masking tape and dust sheets where necessary. Next, wash your cabinets down with sugar soap as this will remove any grease and create a smooth canvas. If there is any soap residue once you have done this, simply wipe it off with a damp cloth. Once your cabinets have dried, sand with fine paper and then apply a primer. Once the primer has dried, its not time to apply coats of your chosen colour. When painting your cabinets, we recommend using a small roller as this prevent any visible paint brush marks and create a smooth finish. Once you have applied one coat of paint and it is completely dry, sand with fine paper once again to guarantee a professional and sleek finish. Before applying the second coat, remember to wipe off any excess dust with a damp cloth.
Once you have applied the necessary amount of coats to your kitchen cabinets and it is completely dry, it’s now time to replace the knobs and handles. Now, you can either use the ones you already have or apply new ones. Häfele have a vast selection of cabinet handles and knobs, ranging from urban to vintage, so you are guaranteed to find an accessory that will match the rest of your decor.
2. Modernise your lighting
Your kitchen is one of the most versatile rooms in your home and is used from early in the morning all the way through to the late evening, meaning sufficient lighting is crucial. A popular trend for modern kitchens is to install pendant lighting as they work great with any style. Dusk lighting offer a plethora of pendant lights in various colours, styles and finishes which would make the perfect addition to any kitchen.
Another versatile lighting solution that is used in many modern and multifunctional kitchens is LEDs. In fact, managing director of Sensio, Michael Linsky, said LEDs are most certainly the future when it comes to lighting the kitchen. Their low heat emission means they are very energy efficient and especially suited for areas that require little maintenance or are awkward to replace, such as recessed ceiling lights. LEDs are also considerably smaller and easier to conceal than fluorescents, will not flicker when turned on and almost instantly warm up to full brightness.
An innovative trick for smaller kitchens which is loved by interior designers is to use directional spotlights angled towards the cupboards and walls. By reflecting light back into the room in this way, as opposed to shining light straight down at the floor, you can manipulate the space more effectively and give the illusion of a significantly more spacious kitchen.
3. Buy new appliances
With technology constantly evolving, it’s easy for your kitchen appliances to become outdated and look out of place in a modern home. Every kitchen need a fridge and freezer, so why not opt for the Samsung Family Hub smart fridge freezer? As well as performing the functions of standard a fridge freezer, this product goes the extra mile and includes the following contemporary features: internal cameras which allow you to see inside your fridge freezer wherever you may be, Bluetooth connection that can connect to your smart sound multi-room speakers and CoolSelect Plus Zone which gives you the opportunity to create additional fridge or freezer space.
For smaller appliances, we recommend including the following in your kitchen:
No kitchen is complete without the finishing touches, so to transform your kitchen entirely you must accessorise accordingly. There is no denying that indoor plants serve as beautiful and sustainable home decor, so you can’t go wrong by incorporating them into your kitchen interior. Below, we have listed some of the best plants to use in your kitchen and how they can benefit you:
- English Ivy
This lush, green plant excels in direct sunlight, making it ideal for hanging over your sink or by a window. Its leaves come in a range of shades of green with accents of whites, yellows, and blacks, meaning you can be sure to find a variety to match your kitchen. What makes this plant suitable for the kitchen is its ability to purify the air by reducing indoor air pollutants, such as mould and bacteria. However, if you do opt for this plant and have pets, make sure it is out of their reach as it is toxic to them.
- Aloe Vera
Sometimes referred to as the ‘plant of immortality,’ aloe vera has a distant look but is also filled with vitamins and minerals that are extremely beneficial for your skin. Aside from being easy to care for, this plant is perfect for the kitchen as it can come in handy if you ever burn yourself. If you have a minor burn, all you need to do is cut off a lower leaf by the stalk, remove any spines along the edge, split the leaf lengthways and score the gel-filled interior. By rubbing this gel onto your burn, you will feel an instant cooling effect which will soothe the pain.
- Cast Iron Plant
This hassle-free house plant has an exceptionally high tolerance compared to other plants as it can withstand extremely low light, extreme and fluctuating heat and infrequent watering. Your kitchen climate is always changing, so having a plant that can thrive under these conditions is essential. The fact that its name is fitting for a kitchen environment is also an added bonus.
- White Jasmine
Indoor flowering plants are not always easy to maintain, but the sweet scent and beautiful blossoms that white jasmine offers make the extra effort worthwhile. To get the best results out of this plant in the kitchen, you should store it in a partially lit area and keep its soil moist at all times. Initially, it may seem counter-intuitive to include a fragrant flower in your kitchen, which already has enough delicious daily aromas; however, this plant can effortlessly enhance your kitchen environment. Its scent is subtle and not too overpowering, which means your kitchen will always be smelling fresh and clean.
- Spider Plant
A spider plant is super easy to care for and is capable of thriving under a variety of conditions. Its ability to withstand any condition with occasional watering and infrequent pruning means you can place this plant anywhere in your kitchen – by the window in direct sunlight, on the countertop or hanging from the ceiling. As well as its unique appearance, what makes this plant so attractive is its natural air purifying abilities which help remove odour, fumes and pollutants from the environment.
As well as plants, you can accessorize your kitchen using wall art. Desenio has a number of chic kitchen posters, ranging from vintage prints to artistic food photography, making it easy to find artwork that will complement your decor.
5. Invest in quirky furniture
The way you furnish your kitchen has a huge impact on the entire atmosphere of the space, so taking the time to shop around and find the perfect pieces of furniture is key. If you have a breakfast bar, you could opt for this red Carcaso bar stool. Its striking, bold colour promises to make a statement in your kitchen without compromising style or comfort. Alternatively, you could choose an industrial bar stool if your kitchen style is more traditional. For more quirky kitchen furniture ideas, take a look at Anthropologie as they have a generous selection of unique furniture which is perfect for any kitchen theme or style.
Now you have picture perfect kitchen, what next?
We hope that the success of your kitchen transformation inspires you to bring out your inner interior designer and make improvements all over your home. If you need help with giving your conservator makeover, our experience of fitting and creating bespoke conservatories in Milton Keynes makes us the perfect team for the job, so get in contact and we will be more than happy to assist you.