The kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms to renovate. But kitchens are also where families spend a lot of their time, so it’s worth investing in a space that can grow with your family. However, there are some things you can do to reduce the cost of your kitchen updates without breaking the bank, especially at times like this when we’re in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis. Here are some ideas.
Do it yourself
The rise in home bloggers on social media has shown us one thing – we can do a lot of things ourselves! Painting, tiling, fitting flooring or new sinks are all a thing we can do on our own to save costs. There’s inspiration on Pinterest and tutorials on YouTube so you can start getting your hands dirty and save some cash!
Please remember never to mess with gas or electric fittings if you are not qualified!
Spend on the main feature
If you want your kitchen to have a main feature – something that really stands out – it’s worth spending your money on this if it will last you a long time and reduce your budget elsewhere. You can get some stunning Quartz worktops if you look in the right place. They are more expensive than other types, but they can add value to your home so a good investment! Not wanting to spend so much? Opt for laminate worktops instead
Change plug sockets and light switches
Swap out plug sockets and light switches from the boring white plastic one for something that looks better. I really like the look of the brass ones that instantly add a more upmarket feel to your kitchen. You can easily get them in your local DIY shop.
Adding prints to your kitchen walls is a great way to change the whole feel of it. I like to have different prints to reflect the season, that way you can swap them over. I have some Christmas prints, too, which I love for getting into the Christmas spirit! I have them all in the same frame and just swap them over when I need to.
You can use appliances as statement pieces in your kitchen. With most brands doing different colours, they can really make a difference. Brands like Smeg or Kitchen Aid have really lovely looking appliances – or pots and pans from Le Creuset have the same effect.
Paint is cheap and easy to do. The first thing to consider when choosing the right colour scheme for your kitchen is the size of your kitchen and how much natural light it gets. You want to pick a colour that will make your space feel open and airy, but also one that will make it feel intimate and cosy.
Once you’ve picked your colour, you can do it yourself in just a day!
So what do you think of these cheap and easy ways to upgrade your kitchen? Have you tried any?
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