How to Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

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    • Interior Design
    • blindtrack.co.uk
    • 18-02-16

As one of the busiest rooms in the house, there are times when your kitchen is going to need sprucing up.

Despite this seemingly daunting proposition, there are lots of things which can be done and at a relatively low budget, which should help provide your kitchen with a new lease of life. Here are a few pointers.

Cabinets

Fixtures such as cabinets often dominate a kitchen space. And due to the high traffic levels, they’re often the first kitchen feature to look haggard and worn.

So it makes good sense to address any visual defects you may find and ensure that your cabinets remain in good working order.

If they are, try to repurpose them. There are a number of things you could try such as spray-painting, although be sure to prep and prime them properly for optimum results – brush painting won’t achieve the same ‘good-as-new’ effect.

Re-lamination is another option for older cabinets that have been laminated in the factory. These can then be re-covered with vinyl or wood veneers.

Light fixtures

Installing new lighting will have an immediate effect on your kitchen’s ambience and is relatively low cost. Most lighting fixtures can be replaced easily although in some cases, hiring out a professional is probably advisable.

If you’re looking to add a dynamic dimension to your kitchen space consider using a mix of natural, overhead and under cabinet lighting – the latter can really accentuate a kitchen’s layout and fixtures.

In terms of flexibility, it might be worth investing in a dimmer switch so you can adjust the light according to mood or activity.

Sink fixtures

The sink area is one of the main indicators of a kitchen’s decorative style. It can also say a great deal about how well looked-after it is.

For instance, dripping, stained taps often reveal a kitchen that has become worn around the edges and tired. So an upgrade is often the best solution. Replacement is usually pretty affordable and there is a vast collection to choose from including brass, chrome, copper, oil-rubbed and satin versions.

To maintain a uniform appearance keep in mind the existing appliances and fixtures. So, for instance if your kitchen is dominated by chrome, seek out and install fittings which compliment this style.

Paint

A fresh coat of paint is perhaps the easiest way to give your kitchen a noticeable makeover – it’s also pretty affordable. Light, natural colours such as yellows are very popular because they lend a sense of light and airiness.

Green is also a go-to colour due to its calming effect, which often proves useful for a domestic space like a kitchen, which can sometimes become rather hectic. If there’s an elaborate cabinet system in place, be sure to match your chosen hue with the existing colour palette.

You could also consider additional touches such as painting floor-trimmings a different shade – this can provide the illusion of added space and is therefore ideal for smaller kitchens.

How to decorate window sills in your living room

Windowsills offer a great opportunity to enhance a domestic space such as a living room. At little cost and with relative ease, you can accentuate a feature that is often overlooked during decorating projects. Here are a few tips on how to go about this.

Candles

The calming effect of candles can be put to good use in all kinds of settings. When installed near windows they can lend a feeling of cosiness and romance, especially during winter nights. The use of colourful holders also adds a sense of vibrancy for rooms with muted palettes and tones.

Potted Plants

Consider bringing some of the outdoors in with potted plants or flowers – if your window attracts a lot of natural light they’ll thrive.

They will also add colour as well as a pleasing fragrance to your living room. There are all kinds of plants to choose from although it’s probably worth including ones which don’t start to dominate your windowsill area. Houseplants can sometimes get out of hand, especially when drowned in sunlight, so choose carefully.

Books

If your shelves are overflowing with books, a windowsill space can offer an extra storage option. Book spines are often colourful so the tonal variety displayed once they’re arranged properly should provide a splash of colour to your living room.

Random Objects

Windowsills are a great place to include random objects such as ornaments and bric-a-brac. Not only can these personalise your living room, they can also lend an eclectic ambience that enhances most decorative styles.

Take care not go overboard though, in case you violate the Feng-Shui principles regarding clutter and energy flow.

Reading Area

Larger windowsills can also be turned into cosy reading spaces. With the addition of cushions or throws, you’ll be in an ideal spot from which to thumb through your favourite book while enjoying all the natural light that comes through the window.

Storage Space

A window-sill can also prove useful for storage space. Although this isn’t usually a problem in living rooms, those that are spatially challenged may benefit from an extra space for storing things. However, try to avoid blocking out too much natural light by using the windowsill to store smaller items.

Coloured Bottles

For living rooms with pale decor, creating vivid colour-zones can really enhance the decorative theme of the entire space – this is very much in at the moment.

So the imaginative placement of colourful bottles on your windowsill, through which natural light can flow, helps to create an eye-catching feature that adds a sense of vibrancy and fun.

The above tips should give you a few ideas on how best to utilise an unused windowsill. How you go about decorating the space will depend a great deal on how large your windowsill.

It’s also worth taking into account the size of your window as well as Feng-Shui principles relating to the flow of energy and natural light.