Welcome to our new series where we will show you how three small changes can make a big impact on a room. This month is everyone’s favourite room – the kitchen!
The kitchen is often the hub of the home, the most used room and the natural gathering place. Having an outdated or poorly designed kitchen does not have to be an expensive fix. Here are three changes that will spruce up your kitchen but not empty your bank account!
If you can only make one big change to your kitchen, change your countertop. The countertop covers a lot of space in your kitchen, so this one change can create a whole new look. An older countertop will instantly age your home. A beautiful granite or quartz countertop will instantly improve your kitchen. While it’s not the frugalist change to make to a kitchen, it is certainly less than a complete remodel.
If changing your countertop isn’t an option, how can you disguise an ugly countertop? You can paint or refinish it instead. If you do not have a lot of counterspace to begin with, a large, beautiful cutting board may be all you need.
A large focal point in any kitchen is the cabinets. Replacing the cabinets costs thousands of dollars and frankly may not be necessary. Why not try one of these smaller changes?
- Repaint your cabinets. The solution may be no more than a coat of paint!
- Change the fixtures. Fixtures are the jewelry of the kitchen – and for only a couple of dollars apiece, you can create a whole new look.
- Display your dishes. Either replace the panes with glass or remove some doors altogether, this works great if you have interesting or beautiful dishes to display.
A fresh coat of paint is always a good idea. As with countertops, the walls cover a lot of real estate, so a new colour will easily change the look of the room.
Another inexpensive way to create a big impact is to add a backsplash or replace an old one. We are seeing trends towards large-tiled backsplashes for a smooth look. In any event, a backsplash instantly changes the look of a kitchen and adds variety to an otherwise blank space.
Whether you are looking to make great changes or small to your design, Lesley Wong Interiors would be more than happy to talk about your options.