Kitchen makeovers for less: the best ideas to transform the heart of your home
Your kitchen is so much more than functionality – yes, it needs a cooker, sink and fridge, but given that it’s the heart of most homes, making it a warm place , inviting and stylish is at the top of most homeowners’ wish lists.
We spoke to the team at Rearo, the maker of kitchen worktops and backsplashes, for their top tips for giving your room a fresh new look without breaking the bank. And with a small kitchen costing around £5,000, according to checkatrade.com, it’s easy to see why people want a cheaper option, but without having to compromise on quality.
The entry-level makeover is simply to paint the walls and ceilings. If you have neutral cabinetry, you can go wild with color and make the room pop with poppy red, sunshine yellow or azure blue. Darker or patterned units and you’ll probably want to stick with shades of gray or cream, giving the illusion of space and most importantly keeping it fresh.
Tip: Choose the color of the paint according to the natural light in the room and make sure it is suitable for use in the kitchen.
Changing door furniture makes an incredible difference. Replace the handles with something sleek and modern and enjoy a new look for existing cabinets. If you have a little extra time to spare, paint the doors with specialist paint too – remember to prime them first – for the complete look.
Tip: Complete the makeover with a few standout pieces – keep the worktops clear and add a color-matched kettle and toaster for a whole new look.
If your doors are old and tired and you think painting just isn’t enough, vinyl wrapping is very much in trend. You will need to send the doors to a professional, but the total cost is likely to be under £500 for around 10 individual doors.
Tip: Keep it minimalist or with a pop of color, the choice is yours.
The kitchen countertop may be all about functionality, but that doesn’t mean style is left out. Choose from a huge range of colors and textures to personalize your kitchen – you’ll be amazed at how much difference a new worktop makes. For more savings and choice, buy directly from the manufacturer.
Tip: spend some time choosing the countertop you like and think about other cosmetic changes you could make to the doors or walls, to coordinate a whole new look.
Kitchen paint can’t do much – if you want durability and resilience then splashbacks are the name of the game, suitable for behind the kitchen and sink, or wrapped around all units.
These stylish splashbacks are a big hit with homeowners who want the wow factor, all with less hassle than tile.
Tip: splashbacks aren’t limited to glossy white – visualize the huge spectrum of colors to find the centerpiece that will give your kitchen a magical makeover.
For inspiration straight from the kitchen and bathroom manufacturer, visit rearo.co.uk.
Rearo also manufactures bathroom panels, PVC ceilings, click vinyl flooring and shower accessories.