We’re all guilty of it – scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest, marvelling at beautiful kitchens before feeling a pang of jealousy that you’re not sitting in it yourself. But maybe that perfect kitchen isn’t as out of reach as you think. With a life hack or two, there’s nothing stopping you from creating your own Instagram paradise to have your friends, family and followers bursting with envy.
Your kitchen is the heart of your home and it should strike the perfect balance between aesthetic appeal and practicality. It should look inviting but also work towards all your daily needs.
Whether you’re looking to completely remodel your kitchen or simply give it a refresh this article includes a range on insights to get you started.
1) Paint those cabinets
There’s nothing quite like adding a fresh coat of paint to a room to make it feel like new, and your kitchen cupboards are no different!
Whether you go for something simple and classy, or a bold pop of colour, giving your cupboards a makeover is a great way to make a kitchen feel alive and refreshed.
Adding new colour to your cabinets can also offers endless customisation options and is incredibly cost effective. It’s a relatively simple change that can make a significant impact.
2) Layer your lighting
Installing several types of lighting in your kitchen can add a cosy feel to the room – perfect for those upcoming autumn evenings. A simple combo like cool spotlights and some warmer pendants is ideal for creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for your kitchen.
Modern kitchens are not just a place for cooking, they’ve become a place for family and friends to gather. Softer or dimmed lights can create an inviting atmosphere whilst also saving energy.
With layered lighting your kitchen space can be ready for a range of purposes from cooking a meal and cleaning, through to doing homework with the kids or hosting a dinner party.
3) Add new knobs or handles
It’s the small things that make a huge difference, and replacing your cabinet knobs and handles is a great way to switch up the look of your kitchen. If you’ve decided to splash a coat of paint on your cabinets, some new handles make the perfect finishing touch.
Kitchen design trends are constantly evolving and this can often make your cabinet hardware look dated, even if the cabinet themselves are in good condition. You can instantly modernise or bring it in line with your own design preferences with new knobs or handles.
4) Mix the metals
Whatever material you choose, and in whatever style, you can be absolutely sure that the fixtures are of the utmost quality. WAfter a modern, unique look? Try mixing different types of metals, like gold and silver, to create more visual interest. For example, why not mix our Monmouth handles with some of our Bordeaux knobs for a quirky look?
5) Shelve the windows
A staple of farmhouses, open shelves are not only practical but look great too. Hanging them in front of a window gives a contemporary feel that will add a little more uniqueness to your kitchen.
6) Upcycle some furniture
Have a tired kitchen table or welsh dresser knocking around? Before making the trip to the tip, consider upcycling your old furniture instead. With a fresh coat of paint, new handles and a bit of imagination, you can give your furniture a whole new personality!
7) Maximise space with a rolling cart
Rolling carts are the way to go! There are so many things you can use them for from organising cleaning supplies, to storing fresh vegetables or extra dinner plates. With so many sizes to choose from, they’re perfect for maximising space in even the smallest of kitchens.
8) Store food in clear, labelled containers
Practical and aesthetic? Those influencers might be onto something! Labelling clear containers for things such as pasta, rice, flour and oats is a great way to make your cupboards more functional as well as look incredibly satisfying!
9) Hang fruit in a basket
By ditching your fruit bowl in favour of a hanging basket, you can save your treasured counter space. It’s also a great way to add an interesting, textured look to a boho-inspired kitchen.
10) Don’t hide your mugs
Everyone’s got that one mug they value probably a little more than they’d care to admit, so why hide it away? Displaying your mugs is a great way to add a pop of colour and personality to your room, so go and hang those mugs (when they’re not being used for a cuppa, that is!)
11) Use decorative tea towels
Decorative tea towels can add a very interesting, quirky touch to your kitchen. It may seem strange at first, but it’s surprising how much character a few tea towels can add to a room.
12) Add some flowers
Is there any room that a bunch of flowers doesn’t brighten up? Whether you go down the fresh or fake route, flowers are a lovely little touch that instantly makes a kitchen feel more homely. Make sure to choose a vase to match the look you’re going for, whether something classic and simple or a bold statement piece.
Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, so it’s important to make it a room you love. With these kitchen tips, tricks and life hacks, you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect kitchen that you’ve always dreamed of!