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Top tips to give your kitchen a fresh look

PUBLISHED: 09:47 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:47 29 March 2018

You don't have to break the bank to give your kitchen a new lease of life

You don't have to break the bank to give your kitchen a new lease of life

Granite Transformations

Want to make some changes this spring but don't know where to start? Matthew Bird, owner of Granite Transformations in Cheltenham, gives his top tips on how to make your kitchen look fresh long after the spring clean

1. Out with the old and in with the new

Bringing in the new doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank and completely gutting your kitchen. Simple small changes will do the trick, such as replacing all those old appliances with newer designs that reinvigorate your kitchen decor and investing in some clever and affordable kitchen gadgets and gizmos that modernise the space and how it functions.

If you threw out old pots and pans after getting replacements in the sales, why not think about installing an attractive pan rack from the ceiling? Do you have kitchen utensils clogging up your drawers? Perhaps they could be showcased out on the work surface in colour-coordinating containers?

2. Update kitchen hardware

We’re continuously utilising kitchen cabinet, cupboard and drawer handles, pulls and door knobs when opening and closing doors, so it’s no surprise that they gradually become worn and tired looking.

The actual cabinet, cupboard or drawer may look fine itself, in which case you can always easily remove the existing kitchen hardware and affix a brand-new handle, pull or door knob. It can give the relevant feature a second life.

If it’s the actual surface of the cabinet, cupboard or drawer that looks like it’s seen better days, just get it refaced rather replaced. Doing so will save you a fortune and have the same positive visual impact you would expect to be created by the installation of a new set of cabinets, cupboards and drawers. Your other option is to give them a fresh lick of paint.

3. Illuminate the space with new lighting

Once you have revitalised your kitchen it should be shown off to the maximum. If the kitchen only gets a little natural sunlight during the day or if you’re keen to lavish it with light at night, you need to get your lighting exactly right.

If the kitchen tends to be the place where everybody gets together when you’re entertaining family and friends, think about using carefully spaced recessed lighting in the ceiling as it can create a calming ambience, yet still manages to light up the whole room. Alternatively, pendant lighting fitted above a kitchen island or dining table will offer a generous pool of light when socialising and dining. Your lighting options are almost limitless, so assess all the solutions available and be imaginative. u

If you’re feeling inspired to freshen up your kitchen in time for spring, contact Matthew Bird at his Granite Transformations Cheltenham Showroom, Kingsditch Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 9PB or call 01242 806174.

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