Whether you have lived in your property decades or have newly moved into a property needing some love; a kitchen renovation can be a daunting project. Everyone wants a kitchen that is Insta-worthy and can be added to Pinterest. It is said that the “kitchen is the heart of the home”. After all, we now spend up to 3 hours a day in our kitchens, which is around 12% of our lives. For this reason, the space must be functional, comfy, spacious and well-equipped for whatever size family we may have.
It can be a little overwhelming to know where to begin but we want to show you that a few little changes can make the difference. To have a kitchen renovation to last for years to come all you need is a little advance planning and clear thoughts on how your kitchen is used by you and your family.
These are usually the first to show signs of wear or being unloved, and they can become outdated over time. Your first thought may be to replace them for modern versions with soft close, curved edges and sleek colours. This can be costly so budget for it appropriately and shop around. If it is a little out of your budget, then adding a lick of paint can improve your existing cabinets. Begin with primer and let that dry for 24 hours. If you try to paint them without primer the paint will soak in and the outcome won’t be as you imagined.
Your kitchen worktops absorb a lot of wear and tear over the years from spillages to chopping to hot pans to wipe downs. There isn’t much that they haven’t experienced as they are our main surface area to do all our cooking and baking in the kitchen. A cheap way to upgrade is to go for laminate or to go a little vintage and use an old door that has been appropriately prepared. If can afford to go for something more expensive you can choose optional extras like built-in draining boards.
Creating a focal point in your kitchen to wow guests is easy with a feature wall. Not only that but it will really open your whole kitchen to have one wall in a darker shade and the rest in a pale or neutral colour. Wallpaper was the go-to choice for kitchens of old but the younger generation are shunning this in favour of paint or exposed brick with up to 77% opting to paint their kitchens. If you do choose wallpaper, make sure to look for rolls that are heat and steam resistant to last much longer in your kitchen. For those that prefer paint choose a shade you like and paint the other walls in a neutral colour such as white. There are so many different shades nowadays that you are sure to find one you like.
Lighting is a necessity, but good lighting can be the difference between a dull atmosphere and one that is vibrant. It can help to set the mood, showcase your style and draw attention to all the accessories and artwork in your kitchen. Choose spotlights over worktops to add extra lighting to the food preparation areas. Over the extractor fan choose LED bulbs which may be high-cost initially but will use low energy and will be money-saving over a longer time. Recessed downlights use to be on-trend in the kitchen, but more recently oversized pendant lighting has been the modern choice. These are usually hung over an island or table to create a focal point and provide task lighting.
Your kitchen can be multi-purpose by thinking through the layout and planning a few careful changes. A relaxed seating zone can be added to enjoy more family time at the same time as one of the family cooking in there. Choose a low seated sofa with a small coffee table to give your family somewhere to rest while the food is being prepared or simply to enjoy the view if your kitchen faces the back garden. Dining areas may have gone out of fashion as takeaways and eating out took over, but as good home-cooking as become a family favourite again so have dining areas. Choose chairs that help to set the tone of your kitchen so if you prefer a vintage look check local antique places for chairs that can be brought to life again. For those that prefer a modern look choose white chairs with rounded edges to suit your style.
Large-scale kitchen renovation
If small scale changes don’t fit what you are looking for and you would like a large-scale renovation then remember a few things; to be organised, to plan ahead, to work out a budget and to get quotes from reputable builders in your area.
Here at IZ Livingly Homes we are specialists in building, renovation, and refurbishment projects. Our skilled and dedicated team loves nothing more than fulfilling your ideal home dreams! Whether you’re thinking of a new extension, loft conversion, a new kitchen, new bathroom, garage conversion or any kind of renovation or refurbishment, we’re proud to offer you all the benefits of a secure, trustworthy and committed home improvements company. If you would like to find out the cost of your kitchen renovation use our online form to find out more.