The kitchen is arguably the most important room in your home. It performs a range of functions, from preparing food to washing up, as well as serving as a social hub. It’s something that’s capable of generating that all-important ‘wow’ factor when you first step into it – and this will help you to not only impress guests, but sell your home for the highest possible price.
Lets’ look at a few simple upgrades that will help your kitchen to fulfil its potential.
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The most obvious option is to get a professionally fitted kitchen installed. If you’re unhappy with the state of the room as it is, then this option is sure to appeal – you can tear everything out, and get entirely new furniture and fittings put in instead. What’s more, you might get help in puzzling out exactly what you’re looking for from the space, and benefit from some ideas you haven’t yet thought of.
Modern kitchens tend to be a little more sterile and clinical, which might mean getting rid of those more vibrant, homely colours in place of pure white. Colour schemes of this kind have the advantage of showing up stains and spots easily – though be aware that if you’re going to be using the kitchen as a dining area and social hub, you might get tired of having blank white walls to look at.
Swapping out your cabinets is one option – but another is to simply repaint them and swap out the handles. This may have broadly the same effect, but it won’t cost anywhere near as much. Take off all the cabinet doors and move them to a well-ventilated area where you can sand, clean, and paint them en masse. While you’re doing that, you can also give the interior a thorough dusting.
Without a place to sit, the kitchen won’t live up to its potential as a space to unwind in. You’ll have to head into the lounge every time you want to sit down with a slice of toast, or to relax and chat with a friend over a cup of tea. A few barstools installed around and island can help to change this – or you might go for a breakfast table, if there’s a space available.
LED lights can make a big difference in a space like this – especially if you have a variety of them installed, and they’re connected to voice-activation or remote control. You might have strip lighting under the counters and spot-lamps in the ceiling, which will combine to give you decent coverage. You don’t want shadows and dark bits in the kitchen; this is a room where a sense of space and visibility is all-important.