Making Every Penny Count: Upgrading Your Kitchen On A Budget
It’s safe to say that your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house: after all, your home can’t function without it. Therefore, it’s important to keep it up to date, both in terms of style and functionality. But sometimes you run into that all-too-familiar problem – what if you don’t have enough money? Well don’t worry – that’s what we’re here for! Below are just a few ideas for you to spice up the style of your kitchen, without going to massive expense.
Making Things Work Together
Style is important, true, but your kitchen is primarily a functional room, so of the two it’s probably best to focus on this aspect first. If you have a small amount of money to burn, you might find that it’s best to pick a particular focus for it, rather than trying to spread it too thinly across your entire kitchen. Pick what’s most in need of repair or replacement, and concentrate on getting a good quality successor to it. If your cupboards look a bit ramshackle but the framework is sturdy enough, leave them – you can easily improve their aesthetic (we’ll go into that in a moment).
Cookers, fridges and other large appliances should probably be looked at first if you’ve got the money to do so. Meanwhile, if you’re looking at updating your kitchen’s style and functionality all in one, it never hurts to think about your laminate kitchen worktops. (At Savoy, we provide these in a range of styles and materials to suit your needs.)
If you’re happy with the function of kitchen worktops and larger appliances, smaller items like your kettle, toaster and microwave could be worth a look. Rethinking your use of space is also a good plan. It’s a fairly simple task to reorganise your cupboards, making sure that every scrap of available space is used. Increasing efficiency in this way can save you from splashing out on new ones, thereby saving you significant amounts of money.
A Matter of Style
When it comes to updating the look of your kitchen, painting is an oft-overlooked but supremely effective tool for doing so. Anything from your walls to your kitchen cabinets and cupboards can be transformed with a fresh coat of paint, giving your kitchen a dramatically fresh new look and a fresh new style, without an inordinate associated cost.
Similarly small and simple alterations include changing the doors and handles on your cabinets. A sleek white coat can give your kitchen a refreshingly modern look, while distressed wood is perfect for more traditional kitchens. The style of your kitchen worktops often sets the tone and mood for your entire kitchen, so it’s worth giving some serious thought to their material and colour if you plan to update or replace them.
Shedding A New Light On Things
Don’t underestimate the effect that new lighting can have on a room, whether you’re changing the colour or simply the style of your fittings. When you combine these with new artwork, wall hangings and shelving displays, it can once again completely transform the look of an otherwise unchanged kitchen. Other cheap but effective changes include altering the colour or styling of your blinds or curtains, tablecloths and seating cushions. As with any budget challenge, the key is creativity, and as long as you keep an open mind, you might find that money isn’t as big an obstacle as it might seem.