With Christmas coming up, bringing with it an inevitable stream of entertaining and house guests, you might find yourself casting a critical eye over your worn out kitchen.
But if you don’t have thousands to spare for a full renovation, luckily there are some simple and affordable tricks you can use to revamp the space without breaking the bank, according to one of the UK’s leading interior stylists, Sophie Robinson.
A regular on BBC 2’s The Great Interior Design Challenge and DIY SOS, Sophie recommends simple tweaks, such as a lick of paint, upgrading handles on kitchen cabinets or adding colour and texture with a new appliance to ‘take years off your kitchen and create a space you feel proud of’.
Here Sophie, who is currently collaborating with Breville on its new Flow range of toasters and kettles, reveals X clever and achievable ways to upgrade the busiest room in the house.
If you don’t have thousands to spare for a full renovation, luckily there are so simple and affordable tricks you can use to revamp your kitchen, such as repainting cabinets and upgrading the handles (stock image)
1. REPAINT YOUR CABINETS
Painting your kitchen unit door fronts is a well-known makeover hack to give the room a whole new look. If you have shaker doors, consider applying some patterned wallpaper with a topcoat of varnish to protect it inside the panels.
Another trick is to use masking tape to create patterns on plain fronted doors to create fashionable asymmetric patterns that run across the units.
2. DECLUTTER SURFACES
Cluttered kitchen worktops can distract from even the most stylish of kitchens. To avoid messy clutter, clear away as much off the worktop as you can and reorganise your cupboards, to fit as much in as possible.
A nifty idea is to place a Lazy Susan inside your corner cupboards so you can easily access jars and bottles and make the most of those hard to reach spaces.
Decluttering surfaces and arranging your remaining objects in groups helps created a clean, modern look (stock image)
3. GROUP YOUR FAVOURITE OBJECTS
Now your worktops are neat and tidy you can start to think about how to style them up. Aim to have only lovely things on display (the cereal packets and plastic food containers are banished) and play around with the items you keep out by grouping them in pairs or odd numbers, like 5 or 3. It works well visually to make sure you have items of different height and texture too.
4. COLOUR CO-ORDINATE
I’m a real colour lover and enjoy adding as much as I can to my designs, and the kitchen is no exception. I’ve just wallpapered my kitchen in a brightly coloured botanical wallpaper and it looks fantastic.
You can have fun grouping things by colour families – from your collection of cookbooks to your crockery. This will help prevent your room from feeling too cluttered and will bring a sense of harmony.
5. ADD TEXTURE
If bright colours are not your thing and you prefer neutral tones, and like things plain and simple you should think about introducing texture to stop your kitchen appearing bland and uninteresting.
From handmade ceramics, wooden bowls, through to metallic utensils you can quickly create plenty of visual interest.
If you’re not big on bright colours, you can add interest to the space with texture such as handmade ceramics (stock image)
6. USE OPEN PLAN SHELVING
For a modern look why not try sleek and modern floating shelves and some swish LED back lighting. Another idea is to go for a more rustic edge by using reclaimed scaffold planks.
Either way, open plan shelving is a great way to show off your collection of favourite cookbooks, storage jars and glasses. Have fun when styling your open shelves and include ornaments and photos to add personality to your kitchen and make the perfect #shelfie!
Open plan shelving allows your favourite crockery or decor to become a feature of the kitchen, and it’s an incentive to keep things tidy (stock image)
7. TRY TILE STICKERS
Tile stickers are such a quick and instant way to update tiles that no longer suit your scheme. You can get amazing patterned designs or something that mimics real stone.
There are lots of design possibilities out there and it’s a great way to add some instant personality. Better still, you can just peel them off when you fancy a new look.
8. CREATE A LIVING WALL
Living plant walls are such a hot trend in interiors at the moment and the kitchen is a great place to try out this look. Create your living wall by arranging a series of potted herbs, which hang from the wall on hooks at different levels or display them on a wall rack. They’ll be useful for cooking too.
Creating a living wall with plants and herbs breathes new life into the kitchen, and it’s handy for cooking too (stock image)
9. REPLACE WORKTOPS
This can be a real game changer and it is not too hard to do. Believe it or not, I’m a real fan of affordable laminate worktops. Steer clear of fake granite or wood designs and instead pick a worktop with a modern pop of colour.
The colour du jour is either a pale pink or try a rich forest green. Your worktop can suddenly become the star of the show and colour-soaked kitchens are set to be the next big trend in interiors.
10 ADD STATEMENT TILES OR LINO
Whenever I’m designing a room on a budget I often think of where I can make the most impact for the least money. In my opinion that’s often the floor.
For ease and affordability, I’d recommend rolling out a new piece of lino in a really eye arresting bold geometric print. So very fashionable and a great focal point in the room.
Statement flooring, whether it’s tiles or lino, can give your space a whole new look even if you do nothing else (stock image)