Is your old stale kitchen in need of some spicing up? A home can be brought down by an old-looking kitchen. Here are five ways that you can easily freshen up your kitchen.
Update your appliances
If your appliances are over ten years old, you may want to consider upgrading them. While many can last up to fifteen years with no problems, many older appliances may be less energy-efficient, costing you extra on your gas and electricity bills. A lot of people are opting out of gas ovens and fridges altogether and going electric. That said not all electric induction ovens are as efficient when it comes to cooking, so it’s worth looking into reviews and comparison guides to ensure you buy the best induction cookware for your money. Modern technology has also allowed for low-noise tech such as quiet washing machines and smart technology such as kettles that can be turned on with your phone – all gadgets that could be worth considering to make your home feel fresher.
Tap into new ideas
It could be time to rip out your low-pressure taps for something new. Modern kitchens are starting to explore all manner of new tap trends. One popular choice is the pull-down tap, which can allow you to do the wash more effectively, accessing all corners of the sink. There are also boiling water taps now available which effectively cut out the need for a kettle, providing instant hot water to your morning coffee.
Fix up your flooring
There was much love for linoleum flooring twenty years ago. Nowadays, more people are switching to wooden flooring and ceramic tiles for cleaner and more natural look. If your linoleum floor is starting to look faded, it could be time to fix up your flooring. There are now easy-to-install click-fit flooring choices out there that can save having to hire a professional. Start searching around for a flooring choice that suits you.
Top up your countertop
If your old worktop is looking a bit battered, why not replace it with something fresh? Artificial-looking plastics are out of style nowadays, with more people choosing wooden surfaces or stone such as marble or granite. Stone worktops can be expensive, but they needn’t always be the real thing. In fact, there are many synthetic materials out there that look and feel like real stone. You could even cheat and top up your existing countertop with a layer of spray-on faux-granite paint.
Put some light on the subject
Brightening up a kitchen can make a huge difference on how it feels. Adding more artificial lighting can be costly, especially spotlighting, although it can drastically make a difference. Track lighting could be a cheaper option to install – this requires less wiring and the electrician will charge less. You may not even have to add artificial lighting. Brightening up the color scheme of your kitchen and adding more reflective surfaces, whether they're polished countertops or chrome steel sinks, could help to let more natural light in and make the room feel brighter.