5 ways to upgrade your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Paint your cabinets.

Painting your solid wood kitchen doors and drawer fronts is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to create a modern look. With a cream or white background, it’s easy to give your kitchen a fresh feel by choosing from the numerous of different colours available.

Use your storage wisely.

Try setting aside an afternoon to sort out your kitchen cupboards, then organise them in to different groups so you have easy access to the things you need. Clearing your worktops can also instantly improve your kitchen and it won’t cost you anything at all.

Update your floor.

Many people think that getting a new floor is expensive and difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. If your current kitchen floor is letting the scheme down, you don’t need to go to the hassle of taking it all up as you can lay new flooring on top. For a modern chic look, why not try pre-oiled structural engineered oak, that averages at £40 per sq m.

Extra lighting goes a long way.

You should ideally have task lights, such as spotlights over the worktops, and overhead ambient lighting in the dining area. But remember, it might be worth using a qualified electrician for anything complicated.

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise.

Accessories will brighten your kitchen instantly and you can choose a theme to bring the whole look together. Display selected items on open shelving and think about reorganising your worktop so you only have the best on show.

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Carrie Robertson