The spring and summer seasons are peak house-buying season here in the UK, so if you’re planning on selling your home this year, you may have already had a few viewings. If you want your kitchen to impress – or you just want to give it a new look for yourself – then you might find that a full kitchen renovation to be time-consuming, expensive, and on the whole not necessarily practical. Thankfully, there are a couple of quick, cheap and easy ways that you can give your kitchen a brand new, premium appearance!
It sounds like an obvious point to start off with, but you might be surprised at how many people overlook it! First of all, you’ll want to clear any kitchen worktops of any clutter or detritus that might have accumulated – it’s surprising how much larger this can sometimes make your kitchen look, especially if you’ve got a white worktop like our white sparkle gloss Strasse Blanc worktop. Often, having a quick look at the fridge can help, too, as you clear off any old drawings or postcards or novelty magnets. If you’re making the changes for your own sake, you might not want to get rid of anything, but if you have a viewing planned then it’s definitely worth considering for the prospective buyer!
Along with your worktops, your kitchen cabinetry is one of the most influential elements of your kitchen, having a significant effect on its overall style. Repainting them in a new colour can completely change the mood of the space. Alternatively, you might just want to switch things up by replacing your cabinetry doors and handles with traditional ornate versions, or minimal contemporary-style ones.
Speaking of repainting, whether you’re considering a new look for your cabinetry, or a fresh lick of paint for the walls, it’s always worth looking at lighter colours first. Lighter colours are great for instantly brightening a space, looking especially attractive when bathed under the massive amounts of natural light we get in spring and summer. And given that they reflect light, brighter colours can also help hide any scratches or dents you might have in your cabinetry from casual impacts or general wear and tear.
On a similar note, it doesn’t have to be expensive to make a statement with your kitchen lighting. You can pick up some pendant lights or smart lampshades for bargain prices if you hunt around a little, and they can really help to make your kitchen look particularly distinctive. Having fixtures that are too ugly, boring or outdated can bring your entire kitchen down, which can be disheartening if you’ve spent time tidying or repainting it. You can go for smart traditional models, or slimline contemporary affairs – whatever you think works best!
And that’s not to forget the quality of the light itself. Warmer light can make all the difference to your kitchen style, making a large and sparse area feel more intimate and comfortable. On the other hand, if you’ve got a smaller kitchen you might want to try lighting that’s a bit brighter and cooler, which can help the space feel larger.
Anything old, or worn, or cracked, should be hidden away or disposed of before you have any viewings. Instead, investing just a little in some brand-new crockery or kitchenware can help keep your kitchen looking pristine, and even enhance its style – for example, by using a brightly coloured pot or bowl to add dashes of colour to an otherwise neutral space. Or, you might want to express yourself through artwork – black and white pieces can look especially effective and moody in a monochrome colour scheme, or you can pick something more whimsical and vibrant to give your kitchen some extra personality. It’s your choice!
As we touched on above, your laminate kitchen worktops are one of the most influential aspects of your kitchen, so it’s worth paying attention to them. You might be surprised at how much effect they can have! Replacing them doesn’t even have to be particularly expensive, either in terms of buying them or installing them. The massive range of choice with laminate kitchen worktops means that you can get the look of expensive stone worktops like marble or granite, without the heavy associated costs (and increased durability to boot!).
Here at Savoy Timber, we stock a massive range of laminate kitchen worktops to suit every style, budget and taste. Our Black Sparkle Noir 40mm square edge worktop is a particularly popular option with many of our customers at the moment, while the rich shades of our Rouille Zenith worktop make it another time-honoured favourite. You can find your own favourites right here on our website, or by popping over to any of our DIY stores across the North West. We’ve got sites in Blackpool, Wigan and Preston, where any one of our friendly members of staff will be only too happy to lend a hand!