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Improve your kitchen without breaking the bank – Part 2

As mentioned in part 1, the start of 2022 has been tough on many. Hardly a day goes by when increasing energy bills, rising food costs and the pressure to increase National Insurance contributions doesn’t feature in the news. So, when it comes to planning home improvements the dream of a brand-new kitchen may need to go on hold.

When money is tight, one of the key questions to ask is whether you really need to start from scratch, or whether a few clever updates might be enough to give your kitchen a new lease of life.

In kitchen-compare’s last blog, we explored giving the kitchen a lick of paint, providing cabinets with a full makeover, creating a feature wall as well as creating a noticeboard wall using chalk paint.

There are, however, many more ways to improve your kitchen without spending a fortune. Here are a few more ideas:

Install new worktops:

Replacing your worktops doesn’t have to be as expensive as it sounds. It can be a simple yet effective way to give the space a fresh feel. Look out for second-hand worktops or, if buying new, look for laminate finish as it’s the most cost-effective.

Update your kitchen floor:

If your kitchen floor is looking a little tired, there are many flooring options to choose from that will breathe new life into your kitchen without needing to spend a fortune. Look out for discounts in sales and think carefully whether you need to take up all your flooring. It is possible to lay new flooring on top of old. Most kitchen designers will advise that you can simply run it underneath the plinths, instead of wall-to-wall, which cuts costs further.

Alter your splashback:

The area behind the oven and/or sink can often look grubby being splashed with stains and grease. There are a whole host of splashbacks to protect your walls and they don’t have to cost the earth. Tiles are a good budget buy and provide the opportunity to add colour and pattern. However, tiles can be difficult to install, and grout can discolour easily and can get covered in mould or mildew. Glass splashbacks can be just a little more expensive but make a statement in any kitchen. Glass splashbacks are easy to clean, far more hygienic and the self-adhesive ones are also super easy to install.

Install new taps:

A small item, but one that makes a big impact. Taps add distinctive character to a kitchen and are easy to change in an instant. Taps are available in a wide range of styles and finishes – from pillar tap to mixer, waterfall spa design to industrial-style. A stainless steel tap or black matt one will create a contemporary feel, while a copper or brushed brass one will make a real statement.

And finally

Display colourful wall art:

Art doesn’t just belong in reception rooms and hallways. Add personality to a kitchen scheme and introduce colour through a stunning piece of wall art. For best effect, display colourful wall art against a white backdrop and choose shades that can be picked out in accessories and textiles. Alternatively, prop the artwork on a shelf or against the wall for a more informal feel.

Plenty of ideas to update and improve your kitchen without spending an absolute fortune!

14th Feb 2022