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Dine like a Designer – How to Give Your Kitchen a Modern Makeover

Posted March 5, 2019 by Sue Prichard

There are very few people who can honestly say that they have never experienced kitchen envy. Maybe you lust after the elegant designs contestants present on reno shows or find yourself spending a little too much time in the display section of your local hardware shop. Perhaps it’s as simple as wishing your haven was as attractive as Susan’s down the street.

Humans are hardwired to want bigger and better things, but when it comes to significant changes around the home, many of us have champagne taste on a beer budget. Luckily, there are a few tricks that can help you turn your kitchen into the modern masterpiece it was meant to be, without breaking the bank.

Cooking Up a Storm

If you’re unsure where to start, upgrading your cooking utensils can be great motivation.

Not only does high quality cookware produce healthier, better-tasting food but it will also make you feel better about cooking, which will lead to a desire to spend more time in the kitchen. Once you’re spending more time in the room, you’ll get a better feel for what you like and what you don’t, so this is a great way to map out your ideas for any other changes you want to make.

Imagine how impressed your dinner party guests will be when they ask how you came up with your new design, and you inform them that your inspiration came from something as simple as a beautiful new pan.

Green It Up

Another super easy way to modernize your kitchen is to add some greenery. Many people have taken to growing their herbs, and sometimes even vegetables, in the comfort of their kitchen. All you need for this tip is a windowsill wide enough for a planter and knowledge on how to keep plants alive.

If you know your limits in the second department, consider adding some fake plants to the room. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference adding a bit of greenery can make to your aesthetic.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

A spotless kitchen is a welcome sight, but the rubbish bin can put a downer on things.

Since waste disposal is a necessary evil, consider hiding your garbage and recycling bins either in the butler’s pantry or for those of us who are a little less fancy, the cupboard.

Bonus points for this tip if your bins can slide neatly in and out, a modern finish that can easily be achieved by buying a sliding bin system or installing rollers in your current cabinet.

Channel Picasso

If your budget has a bit more wiggle room, a fresh coat of paint should be your next point of call. It’s surprising how much difference a new color can make to your kitchen.

Not only will this allow you to express your creativity but your space will seem far more inviting with nice, new paint, even if you merely add a fresher coat of the same color.

While expensive changes such as installing an island bench or upgrading to stainless steel appliances may be the first thing to pop into your head when thinking about modernizing your kitchen, they are not the only option. There are many upgrades which can be implemented on reasonable budgets and will make a big difference in the feel and appearance of your space.

You should also always consider your taste as well as current trends when planning out your new design and remember to keep functionality in mind as well as aesthetics. Remember to consult the relevant trades when performing significant alterations and you’ll have your shiny new kitchen in next to no time.

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