We all spend so much time in the kitchen. And we can hardly be blamed for this, after all, that’s where the food is! But the more time you spend in any given room, the more samey it tends to look. That’s why every once in a while it’s a good idea to spruce up your kitchen.
Easier said than done though, especially when it comes to finances. However, updating your kitchen doesn’t have to break the bank. With a quick handful of shortcuts, you can make your kitchen look renewed and reinvigorated for only a fraction of the cost of a full overhaul.
5. Treat yourself
Whether you’re making a few minor tweaks or going the whole hog on a kitchen renovation, there’s work ahead of you.Add a dash of decadence to your kitchen –we suggest the Krups Nespresso U. It’s stylish enough to stand out as a feature in its own right, while also providing you with some great coffee!
4. Small appliances make a big difference
We’ve already addressed the impact colour blocking can have on a kitchen. But even updating your kettle and toaster can renew a work surface. There is a tendency to buy the cheapest toaster out there, but these KitchenAid 2 Slice toasters can complement any kitchen. Similarly, this range from Morphy Richards adds certain elegance to the countertop.
The more we live in a kitchen, the more cluttered it tends to get. And though the homely, lived-in feel is crucially important, a tidy work space is equally necessary. So rather than investing in a rice cooker AND a pressure cooker AND a steamer, instead invest in a multi cooker, like this one from Sage. Not only will you cut down on washing up, but it’ll remove unnecessary clutter from your counter and cupboards too!
2. Maximize your microwave
Though ubiquitous, the microwave is almost an afterthought when it comes to kitchen design. However these ovens have a massive impact upon a kitchen’s fashion and function, not least of all because they rest at eye level! There’s so much variety in microwaves that you can choose an analogue or digital display to fit your motif, as well as colours and finish. Also, many microwaves boast auxiliary functions, notably doubling as grills and miniature convection ovens. And getting a new one certainly is cheaper than investing in a whole new oven. We suggest the Russell Hobbs 17 Litre, to inject a little style and colour into your kitchen.
1. Keep it clean
It goes without saying that Kitchens can get messy. And no matter how shiny your new upgrades, if they’re splattered with grease and smeared with curry, your kitchen won’t feel particularly energized. Here’s where steam cleaning can save the day… Firstly, it’s both energy and water efficient. For a small amount of water, you get substantial steam, which is even more effective at breaking down stains due to a higher temperature and a higher energy, effectively brushing the stains away at a microscopic level. The Bissell Steam Shot is a hand-held steam cleaner which can be stored close by for quick painless cleaning. It won’t necessarily be your kitchen’s biggest feature, but it’ll polish up the entire room.
In Short: It’s a good idea to spruce up your kitchen every so often, however it needn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Follow these 5 simple steps to upgrade your kitchen