multifunctional use, the kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of many homes. As
such, a new kitchen can add around 5% extra value to a property. With kitchens
used for cooking, eating, socialising and relaxing, an up-to-date kitchen that
creates an inviting focal point is what many buyers are looking for. However, achieving
added value through an updated kitchen doesn’t always require ripping out your
existing installation and replacing it with an entirely new fitting. There are
many ways you can update this space and still add value without purchasing a completely
Updating cabinet doors
and handles is an easy way to uplift the look of any kitchen. If your doors are
wooden and outdated, it is easy to update them by simply removing the doors and
giving them a sand down and a fresh lick of paint or a wood stain – immediately
improving the look. Carefully match the paint to the worktops to ensure a
complementary match. If your cabinet doors can’t be painted and the actual
carcass of the kitchen is in good condition, you could consider just purchasing
brand new doors. Perhaps glass panelled doors allowing you to display your
favourite glasses or china could create the illusion of more space. However you
update your doors, focusing on this one area of your kitchen alone can make it
look as though you have a brand new kitchen.
repainting your worktops like you can your kitchen doors isn’t a good option.
However, there are a range of different materials available for kitchen
worktops to suit every budget, from laminate and timber to marble. Updating
your worktops can breathe new life into your kitchen so renewing this area is
certainly a worthwhile investment.
The sink is one of the
most frequently used features in the kitchen. As it is prone to a lot of wear
and tear, replacing an old sink would create a clean and modern look. There are
various types available depending on your style and you could consider a
ceramic butler sink for a popular country feel, or if you want to create a more
contemporary look, a stainless-steel sink could do the trick. If you wanted a
statement piece, a copper sink could be the answer, however these can be fairly
costly so consider your budget to ensure your upgrade is worth it. Even more
simply, you could just consider replacing your current taps. Always keep in
mind the character of your kitchen as the sink must be in keeping.
With hundreds of
styles to choose from, new wall tiling can help refresh your kitchen. With a
range of options available, tiling can be used to make a statement or simply
freshen up a look. If your tiles are in good condition, re-grouting or painting
will make them look refreshed and stand out more.
We all spend a lot of
time on our feet in the kitchen so make sure the flooring works for you and
looks the part. An updated tiled floor can create a stylish and classic look
that can transform a kitchen space. Laminate flooring and vinyl are more
inexpensive ways of refreshing the flooring style of your kitchen making it
more appealing to potential buyers.
Keeping kitchen walls clean is always a challenge so using washable paint or paper is a must. A simple lick of fresh paint on the walls can brighten the kitchen significantly. White and muted colours such as grey, blue and green are timeless, giving your kitchen a renewal that lasts. If you’re feeling daring and want to make a statement, a bold colour or eye-catching wallpaper could bring your kitchen to life, but it might not appeal to all who view it.
Always ensure the
price bracket of your kitchen reflects the price bracket of your home.
By Anita Hair