Easy Ways to Update and Add Value to your Kitchen
As the heart of any home, the kitchen is definitely a space where any money you put into renovating is well spent.
Not only the heart of any home, the kitchen is also where you spend a lot of time; whether entertaining family and friends, or catching up on the days events with your loved ones. And since it is the heart of the home, it's a room where any monies spent on a kitchen renovation - will be well spent. With this in mind, we look at some easy ways to update the kitchen that will definitely add real value to your home.
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Below you will find a list of 5 easy ways to add value to your kitchen. Even if you are not looking to sell up and move these tips will instantly revitalise a dreary kitchen.
1. Kitchen Countertops
Apart from storage space, cabinets and cupboards, replacing worn or dated countertops with modern materials is one of the easiest ways to update your kitchen. While you may think that options such as Caesarstone or quartz countertop are a tad expensive, or that granite costs a fortune, these materials will definitely add to the look and value of any kitchen.
2. Cabinets and Cupboards
Updating kitchen cabinetry is as easy as replacing cupboard doors, especially if the framework is still in good condition. By replacing only the doors you retain the original design and layout of the space but improve the overall appearance, and this will work wonders on first impressions. You can buy ready-made cupboard doors in a variety of materials and finishes, or you could look at making your own. Swapping out old doors for new is a simple way to achieve a whole new look.
GOOD TO KNOW: Two-tone kitchen cabinets are still one of the most popular trends and you can paint the upper cupboards in a light hue, with a darker shade for the bottom cabinets.
3. Look at Lighting
Replacing dated light fittings can easily transform an ugly kitchen into a bright, welcoming space - and the right lighting can add elegance and atmosphere to complement the overall style of a home. Hanging pendant lights above a breakfast nook or kitchen island creates an eye-catching feature, while lighting within glass cabinetry adds a touch of drama. And let's not forget about LED lights in bulkheads and underneath cabinets.
4. Taps and Fittings
Nowadays there are so many trendy taps and fittings to choose from; Undermount sinks are all the rage, and if there is a dishwasher in the kitchen, an undermount sink frees up valuable countertop space that every kitchen needs.
Satin chrome taps might have their place in some homes, but don't forget about copper or brass fittings for a bit of extra sophistication, or look at matt black fittings for a more contemporary design.
5. Choose Colour with Care
It might be nice to dream of a kitchen that pops with colour, but keep in mind that white and wood are the colours of choice for most South Africans. Consider this if you are planning on renovating to sell your home. However, if you are updating your kitchen for yourself, shades of grey continue to be a popular colour choice for kitchens, and you can have these mixed in warm or cool tones to suit your personal choices.
Honey oak and mid-tone wood tints have passed their sell-by date and definitely date a kitchen. You have the option of painting dated cabinets for a more modern look, or hire someone to paint the cabinets for you, as this will add fresh appeal to bring kitchen cupboards and cabinets into the 21st century.
GOOD TO KNOW: It's okay to experiment with colour but don't forget that bold colours can easily become dated. Keep bold colours to accent pieces, wall art, or kitchen accessories.