If you are in the midst of planning a kitchen renovation, there are plenty of possibilities on offer.

Remodelling your kitchen can be a fun and inspiring project, but there are also many difficulties associated with it.

It can be tough to step back and look at the space as a whole and cohesive environment. We are so used to tackling individual aspects of interior design (lampshades, wallpaper, flooring, etc.) that it is often difficult to see things from a wider perspective.

This is why it is important to be creative and think outside of the box when planning a kitchen renovation. Don’t be afraid to get crafty with your ideas, you could end up designing something truly special!

Try some of these simple tricks to reinvent your kitchen:

Swap cabinets for shelves

You don’t have to go for conventional overhead cabinets. For a modern and hip kitchen, try swapping out overhead cupboards for open shelves. Then, add bowls, plants, ornaments, and anything else you fancy.

While the traditional cabinets may give a more ‘clean’ look, open shelves can provide a place to showcase your silverware or decor. This not only creates an illusion of more space, but also gives you an opportunity to make your kitchen more visually interesting.

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Choose some fancy doorknobs

If you are trying to create a clean and cohesive look, it is best to invest in new doorknobs and handles that match.

If you are hoping for something a little quirkier, be bold and browse local flea markets and online marketplaces for unusual fixtures. You would be surprised at what you can find at a few quirkier marketplaces or antique shops. A unique doorknob can become something that draws the eye and even works as a great conversation starter!

Energise your ceiling

Often forgotten, the ceiling forms an important part of any room. Inject texture and colour into your kitchen ceiling, with coloured ceiling tiles. Easy to install and very affordable, they can add a real wow factor to your kitchen.

Exploring more colourful options can lead to surprisingly livelier look for your kitchen. You could even try lowering the ceiling above the kitchen for added effect!

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Make a big splash

For a high impact, but surprisingly cost effective tip, invest in classic white subway tiles with a bevelled edge for your splashback. Splashbacks give kitchens a real sense of urban drama and style. This is the perfect solution for those who look for something stylish but don’t have a limitless budget. Plus, they are really easy to clean!

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Keep counters looking sharp

You can enjoy the aesthetic and the texture of stone worktops without the heavy price tag. You just have to swap out the costly material for a cheaper imitation like travertine silver laminate. Visitors will never be able to tell the difference and you’ll save yourself some serious cash.

An added benefit is you can change the countertop if the old one wears down or if you want a new style without it costing you too much.

Choose soft glide hinges

To eliminate the horrid banging sound that accompanies every foray into the kitchen cupboards, enhance the value of your kitchen renovation with clever soft close hinges and glides. These little devices fit on to the sides of cupboards and drawers and muffle noise.

While it may seem like a small touch, this dramatic reduction of noise in your kitchen can really turn out to be a winner.

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Add extra storage space

You can never have too much storage, so make every inch count by affixing practical door mounted shelving in your new kitchen. These nifty mounts can hold anything from spices to cleaning products, tea towels or frying pans.

The next time you find yourself thinking where to store all your new kitchen utensils, you’ll thank yourself for thinking ahead and planning the extra storage space.

Create custom features

The best kitchen makeovers are the ones that show off the personality of their owner. Add some fun and character with inexpensive custom details like building a floor to ceiling wine rack next to the fridge or in your pantry.

If you’re really feeling adventurous and want to turn your kitchen into the gravitational centre of your house, think big and install a kitchen island. While this is sometimes a complex project that may require professional concrete cutting, a kitchen island is an indispensable part of any professional’s kitchen and it can return the work and investment tenfold when it completely transforms how you prepare food, hang out in the kitchen, or even dine.


Author Bio: This article is written and submitted by Matthew Funnell, who works with Supercut (WA) Concrete Cutting and Drilling , a privately owned concrete cutting and core drilling company serving Western Australia for 20 years.


Mixing high-end items for your home with a few less expensive items can give you the perfect blend of products without hurting your hip pocket.
Last month we looked at where to save your money and where to spend it in your living room. This time around read our guide to save or splurge: kitchen.

APPLIANCES

SPLURGE

Invest in energy-efficient appliances like your fridge or dishwasher. Bill costs will be lowered, and it will save you in the long-run. Stainless steel items are a popular choice and look fantastic too.

SAVE

Save on your pots and pans. As the workhorse of most kitchens they will be used a lot, and even the most expensive of brands will wear out. Aim for mid-range cookery for a good balance between durability and cost.

You also don’t need to go out and purchase an 18-piece knife set. Invest in a couple of good, sharp chef’s knives and leave the rest alone. Trust us, you don’t need them.

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CABINETRY

SPLURGE

Spend a bit on your cabinetry hardware for some added bling. Polished handles can instantly update the look of your cupboards at a fraction of the cost it would take to redo the whole cabinet!

SAVE

Laminate cabinets can look just as good as their wooden counterparts. Save some money here without compromising the look of your kitchen.

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TILES

SAVE

Porcelain tiles are cheaper than ceramic and resist chipping and cracking. Consider purchasing porcelain that looks like natural stone, and look for larger tiles for a modern look.


DINING

SPLURGE

Buy the best and most durable table you can afford. It will be subject to plenty of wear and tear!

SAVE

Save on your chairs. Chairs can be switched out as they get older at a cheaper cost than your table, and it also offers the opportunity to change up the style of your kitchen area.

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LIGHTING

SPLURGE

Take advantage of the natural light your windows provide and utilise sheer curtains to ensure plenty of it enters the room. Alternatively, if you are lacking windows, install more lighting. It will brighten your kitchen and help give it a modern feel.


BENCHTOPS

SPLURGE

Spend a bit of money on your benchtop as it can be the focal point of your kitchen. Investing in a stone benchtop may cost more than a laminate, but it is more durable, won’t scratch as easily and can withstand hot items unlike a laminate.

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