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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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Floating shelves look great, particularly in corners. Take advantage of your empty walls and use them productively without wasting precious floor space.
The backs of doors are also a great space to utilise. You can peg clothes or hang baskets or bins from them to store a whole range of items, just be careful of the weight!
It may seem obvious, but a well thought-out wardrobe can save you space. When every item has a place, you may find there is more room than what you thought!
Consider purchasing a coffee table that has shelving units. Placing storage cubes or drawers under your bed is also a great way to store more without ruining the aesthetic appeal of your room.
Take advantage of the space under your stairs. Add some shelving, and voila, you have a second linen or storage cupboard instantly.
Need more extensive storage? High shelving units are out of the way and provide plenty of room for anything you need put away.
Contact your local Hotondo Homes builder today for more sneaky storage solutions!