Kitchen renovations are a great way to add value to your home, update a tired or outdated kitchen or make the best possible use of your kitchen space. However, a renovation can be expensive and extremely disruptive to your day to day life. So, if you don’t have the budget or patience for a full kitchen makeover, we have 10 simple ways to improve your kitchen that don’t require a complete renovation.
- Update your Benchtop
Updating your kitchen benchtops can be a way to breathe new life into your kitchen. Upgrading from an old laminate surface to a natural stone benchtop can create an entirely new aesthetic.
The only challenge is choosing the right benchtop material. From natural stones like granite and marble, to engineered products like Casaerstone and even polished concrete, there’s a huge range of beautiful benchtop options to choose from. But make sure you take your time and do your research. Each material has different properties. Marble, for example, is prone to staining and is easily chipped and scratched. Granite is incredibly tough, but very heavy, so it may require additional support structures.
- Change your Flooring
Changing the flooring in your kitchen can be an easy way to make the space feel new again. Get rid of the bland tile floor or peeling lino and replace it with floating timber floorboards.
For a more budget friendly option, today’s vinyl or laminate flooring options look great and are simply to lay. With laminate, you can even get the look of timber floorboards without the price tag.
If you want to invest a little more time or money, a new tiled floor will look stunning and last a lifetime.
When it comes to flooring, make sure you factor in ease of cleaning.
- Improve your Storage Space
A kitchen without adequate storage space can feel cramped, messy and be difficult to work in. But by upping your storage options, you can clear space off benchtops and rearrange your kitchen. The resulting space can make it feel like you have a brand new kitchen.
While it may not be possible to physically expand the space without a full renovation, there are still some options open to you. Floating shelves are a great way to make use of unused wall space. If you have high ceilings, hanging racks and baskets can be a great way to create storage space above eye level.
In some situations, removing cabinet doors can create the illusion of more space by making you feel less boxed in. You should also look to make more creative use of the space you have. Consider reshelving your pantry if there’s a lot of unused space.
- Update Appliances
Updating an old appliance, like your fridge or stove top, can often be enough to give a kitchen a more modern feel. And it doesn’t have to be major appliances. Updating benchtop appliances like toasters and kettles can be a great way to add a new burst of colour and style to your kitchen. Updating appliances comes with the additional bonus of improving the practicality and functionality of your kitchen.
- Add Colour and Texture
While white has been the dominant colour of kitchens for decades, modern trends have seen a return of colour and texture. Try changing out a white splashback for a colour or patterned one. Add a few wooden accents like a chopping board and knife block set. Consider some decorative tiling or even a feature wall.
- Replace Window Coverings
Light can change how a space feels and looks. A simple switch to window coverings can do just that in your kitchen. Venetian blinds can give you privacy while letting light in. Alternatively, curtains can make the space feel cosier. You may even find you like the space without a window covering at all. With all the cooking and washing that happens in a kitchen, it’s important to choose window coverings that are easy to clean and won’t be damaged by grease or moisture.
- Update Lighting
Updating the lighting in your kitchen can make a big difference to the atmosphere and space in your kitchen. Remember, a well lit kitchen will be easier to work in, safer and will feel bigger.
A statement pendant light can be a great way to define your kitchen’s aesthetic. Strategically placed LED downlights can be a great way to unobtrusively light your kitchen while improving your energy efficiency.
- Change Fittings
If you’re not able to make big changes, small ones can be just as good. Small fittings like drawer handles and kitchen taps can be easily swapped out. Making these minor changes is a quick and cheap way to get a more modern feel in an old kitchen.
- Add Artwork
Sometimes we forget to decorate our kitchens. Little touches like paintings, photos and knick-knacks can be all it takes to make the space more homey. Think about what would improve or suit your kitchen aesthetic. Does it need more colour? More personality? More texture? Find some artwork that will bring this to your kitchen.
- Add Greenery
Growing plants in your kitchen doesn’t just make the space feel more alive and inviting, but it can be a functional move too. Certain houseplants can improve air quality, while others can be perfect for adding to cooking. Try cultivating a small herb garden on a windowsill or adding a trailing English ivy on a top shelf.
There are lots of ways to improve your kitchen and make it a space you love. You might even find you don’t need to renovate as much as you thought.