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Photograph: Natural light, whether from a window or skylight, can make your kitchen feel more spacious.
Is your kitchen starting to feel dated? From chipped paint to cracked tiles, tiny signs of aging can have a huge effect on the look and feel of your home’s kitchen. Luckily, it’s easy to keep your kitchen feeling updated and fresh without spending a fortune.
These six tips from www.thetiledepot.co.uk are perfect for revitalising your kitchen on a limited budget:
1. Only update aging design elements
Certain elements of your kitchen can feel dated earlier than others. From curtains to countertops, some parts of your kitchen can age rapidly and make many of the other elements feel older than they really are.
This is particularly true of appliances, which can rapidly age when new models are released. Solve this problem by replacing the parts of your kitchen that have aged in the last few years, and leaving the rest untouched.
2. Try a quick and simple coat of paint
Chipped, faded paint can unnaturally age the rest of your kitchen. Before you spend your entire budget on new cabinets and updated tiling, think about repainting your kitchen to create a fresh, inspiring new look.
3. Feeling cramped? Add a larger window
Even the largest kitchen can feel cramped and claustrophobic when it’s poorly lit. A small window – or, if wall space is an issue, a convenient skylight – can expand your kitchen and make it feel bigger than it really is.
4. Use a mirror to ‘expand’ your kitchen
Just like a window can make your kitchen feel bigger, a conveniently place mirror is a great tool for increasing your kitchen’s perceived size. Consider installing a mirror in your kitchen – preferably far from the stovetop, to avoid stains – as a simple way to make it feel larger and more comfortable.
5. Conceal appliances using your cabinets
Appliances can quickly age your kitchen, especially if they’ve faded over the years due to sun exposure. Give your kitchen a clean, stylish look by installing doors over your appliances.
Dishwashers, fridges, and even microwaves can all be installed inside your kitchen cabinets for a more consistent, stylish look. In some cases, you can even install your oven inside a kitchen cabinet for a more integrated look and feel in your kitchen.
6. Replace aging tiles with a new backsplash
Cheap kitchen tiles can often chip or fade over time, giving your entire kitchen an unappealing, dated look. As well as repainting old cabinets and concealing kitchen appliances, consider replacing aging tiles with a fresh and updated backsplash.