Quick and easy tips to give your kitchen an instant makeover
For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home – it’s the place where we cook, where we gather to eat and where we entertain guests. It can often do double-duty as a playroom, dining room, laundry, home office and more. Therefore, it’s no surprise that kitchens often show wear and tear quickly.
Thankfully, creating a new look in your kitchen doesn’t mean you need to start again from scratch. Transformations can often be quick and simple – and most need next-to-no tools. We’re talking low mess, low fuss, and maximum impact.
To get you inspired, here are our top tips to inject a breath of fresh air into your kitchen. They’re easy projects that can be completed start to finish in a couple of hours at most. So grab your supplies, let’s get started!
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Our top tips
Update cabinet and drawer handles
Swap out tired handles to give a fresh new look or a more sleek and streamlined finish. If your cabinet doors and drawers are wooden, why not give them a fresh lick of paint?
Save space and smarten up with a multi-compartment bin. Keep your kitchen neat and tidy with models that sort your rubbish and recycling – all in one slimline unit. For extra freshness, look out for helpful features like odour-absorbers.
Add stylish home accessories
Thought decorative accessories were just for your living room? Think again. Adding a beautiful vase for fresh cut blooms, lanterns to accompany a candlelit dinner or decorative ornaments for a personal touch will make a house feel like a home.
Refresh the lighting
Light fittings can be a great way to make a statement in a room, and upgrading your kitchen lighting can be practical choice that also helps make your room feel bigger and brighter. Easily add under cabinet LED lighting with plug and go options, or add a stylish pendant – such as our eye-catching Jonas copper wire pendant - to illuminate a breakfast bar, island or dining area.
Replace blinds and curtains
Window coverings aren’t just a practical choice in the kitchen, they can also be a great way to add colour and texture too. We love day and night blinds that give more control over the light and privacy in your room.
Treat yourself to new cookware
Always entertaining? Our range of ceramic dinnerware and ovenware is perfect for every occasion – from weekday dinners to festive celebrations, and looks just as good on display as it does on the table. Up your baking game with stylish storage canisters and pretty cake tins fit for a teatime treat.
Update your appliances
Still using your white goods from the early 2000s? It is recommended that you replace your fridge/freezer after 15 years, and the average life expectancy of a washing machine is 11 years. Consider updating the basic appliances in your kitchen for an all-round smoother experience.
Hang a masterpiece
Want to add some colour to your kitchen without breaking out the paintbrushes? We have a wide selection of artwork to add colour and character. For family kitchens, frame kids masterpieces to create a fun gallery wall. For speedy results try Command picture hanging strips – no tools required.
Add a feature wall
Why not cover one of the walls with a brick effect wallpaper, or paint with a colour that complements the style of your kitchen? We suggest opting for a wall that already has a focal point, such as a mantel piece or a big window – you want to highlight what is already there.
Upgrade the essentials
Give your kitchen sink a little love and ditch grubby, tired and dated tools. New dish-drainers, washing-up bowls and other accessories can make your kitchen feel fresher and cleaner – and can help make better use of space.
Bring life into the kitchen
Plants add a refreshing and vibrant splash of green to any room in the house. Choose an easy-care dragon tree or parlour palm for low maintenance foliage, a potted citrus tree for delightful fragrance or a stunning orchid to add elegance and colour. Look for plants that love a moist environment as these will thrive in a kitchen.
It’s even easier to create a chalkboard effect with chalkboard spray paint. Breathe new life into an old picture frame by creating a message board that’s perfect for daily reminders – and a great spot for kids to get creative.
Get crafty with sticky back plastic
Forget the sticky-backed plastic of your childhood - today’s products are stylish, durable and perfect for quick makeovers. Add a splash of colour to tired cabinet interiors, refresh storage jars and containers or transform your kitchen windows with contemporary films that help to diffuse light and add privacy.
Sometimes, a spring clean is all it needs to get your kitchen gleaming and looking new again. Gone are the days of back-breaking scrubbing - our range includes innovative products that will help to make light work of tricky tasks like oven cleaning, as well as specialist cleaners to bring out the best in metal, wooden and tiled surfaces.
Revive grouting between tiles
Kitchens can be tricky places to keep clean. Food splashes and spills, moisture and heat can all take their toll on surfaces, and delicate grout can often look tired, quickly. Revive your grouting with a grout pen, which helps to cover up stains that no amount of scrubbing can shift.
Replace the cooker hood filter
Cooker hoods do much more than keep steam and cooking smells at bay. They help to prevent greases and fats from foods being circulated, and keep your home smelling fresh and clean. Replace or scrub your cooker filter regularly to inject a breath of fresh air into your kitchen.
Create a smarter kitchen that is a whole lot easier to use by making the most of our smart technology. If you have a voice controlled device like an Amazon Echo you can give it instructions, such as to set a timer or convert recipe book measurements. We sell smart plugs, thermostats, smoke alarms and other gadgets that will make your kitchen smarter than ever.