Is your kitchen looking a little worse for wear? Is it losing that practicality and usefulness under a layer or clutter? Or perhaps it’s simply a dreary place that you don’t like spending time in? Here, we’re going to look at the little and large ways you can refresh your kitchen, so it looks clean, contemporary, and easy-to-use.
Switch up the surfaces
The biggest step you can take, naturally, is to replace the kitchen. Move away from old stained wood and cheap laminate that are hard to clean and harder to maintain. The spotless, modern look of redesigns from teams like Creative Design Kitchens can immediately transform the room. Not only can it look much brighter and more modern, but you can switch to surfaces that are easier to clean and much more likely to last longer without issues like stains, scorch marks, and scratches.
Cut the clutter
No matter what surfaces you choose, however, the kitchen is only going to look as good as how you’re able to store all the essentials. There are two kinds of clutter: the items you actually need and the little bits of mess that tend to accumulate as you use the kitchen. For the latter kind, cleaning as you cook and immediately after you eat a meal is the single best way to stop that mess from accumulating. For the former, you can get more inventive by looking at some of the storage hacks from Bunnings. Making better use of vertical space, like installing knife magnet strips and rings to hold your mugs can free up the surfaces, making the kitchen look much cleaner and more organised.
Let the light in
Even if the kitchen is fresh, clean, and contemporary, it might not necessarily look that way. Dark corners and long shadows can make any room look a little smaller, a little less welcoming. When lighting the kitchen, it’s best to ensure it’s well and truly and fully lit. The ceiling lights might not be enough. For instance, if you have cupboards above your surfaces, installing recessed lights as shown at AllRound Electrical can be the perfect way to provide task and accent lighting to banish away those unwelcome shadows.
Choose appliances with care
Clutter isn’t just a matter of cups, sugar jars, and other kitchen bits and bobs. It also applies to the appliances that you use on a daily basis. First of all, it’s best to choose a section of the kitchen to act as the “workstation”. If you spread out those essential appliances, then it makes the kitchen look more cluttered and requires you to move around a lot more when making a meal. Also, think of the appliances you use most often. If you don’t use them at least five times a week, you don’t need it resting out on the surface. Store it away somewhere that it’s easily accessed so you can pull it out only when you need it and free up the kitchen real estate when you don’t.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and where we spend most of our time actually taking care of our practical home duties. The pointers above will help you keep it much more useful, as well as a much more relaxing and invigorating place to be.
Hope you find this useful, drop me a comment below with your own tips!