Take 5 - Interior tips

Fast fashion is all very well, but we like our interiors trends to last. Jumping on the latest paint colour or sofa trend can mean your home looks dated too quickly. Investments in your property should last longer than a season, and that’s never more true than with a kitchen, which needs to look fresh and interesting for years. Want to update your kitchen without a major overhaul and the accompanying bill? Here our our tips for a quick refresh

Since our kitchens are so functional, they’re often one of the more modern rooms in our home. Soften harsh lines, and add warmth, charm and interest by introducing vintage elements. Think quirky old signs propped on top of cupboards, clusters of wonky old glass bottles on a spare shelf or mismatched enamel cookware.

One of the easiest ways to instantly lift your kitchen cupboards is by investing in new handles and drawer pulls. You can also update them more frequently if you wish, so this is a great way to go for something which feels very ‘now’ without risking it falling out of fashion. Our top tip for this year is simple, brushed brass handles.

For a truly luxurious feel in your kitchen, upgrade your work surfaces. It’s a bit of a splurge, but granite, marble or Corian surfaces look and feel utterly decadent, and you can have them fitted to your existing kitchen. Feeling bold? Go for a coloured marble...

Increasingly, modern kitchens go big on open shelving instead of wall-mounted units. Rather than hiding everything away, it gives your space a relaxed, eclectic feel. Even the smallest section of wall can benefit from some open shelving; simply arrange some of your favourite utensils and cookbooks on it. Or, for a bolder look, remove the doors from your carcasses, tidy up the edges with decorative moulding, paint them and you’ve got instant, fitted open shelving.

Ripping out kitchen carcasses when you simply want to change the look of them is something of a waste of time and money. There are lots of great companies which will fit new doors for you over your existing carcasses for a fraction of the cost of a brand new kitchen. If you’re on an even tighter budget than that, why not paint your existing doors? Dark colours look particularly fresh and modern, and will transform the feel of your kitchen for the cost of a tin of paint.
Published: December 2017