Once the stress and expense of Christmas and the New Year are over you might be thinking about making some changes to your home. Home improvements are important and can increase the value of your property as well as making it a more pleasant place to live.
There are many home improvement options you can take into account. Many people focus on external changes, and if the weather is good, you may want to consider this. There may be structural issues you want to address as a home’s foundation is very important. You need to make sure that the foundations remain sturdy.
The problem with external work is you are a slave to the elements and banking on a prolonged period of good weather is risky. Instead, it is more advisable to target indoor renovations.
One of the most important areas of the home, when it comes to refurbishment and renovation work, is the kitchen. The kitchen is often seen as the crown jewel of a home and if improved well can add significant extra value to a property.
Here are three ways that you can completely transform the look and appeal of your kitchen:
Never underestimate the power of a good paint job. Fresh, vibrant, colourful paintwork points to a home that is well looked after and a kitchen that is well maintained. By giving your kitchen a new lick of paint, you can transform it from a tired looking room into a bright, appealing family area.
Favour light colours such as white, ivory and mahogany. You can even add colour in by going for light blues or pale greens. A bright room will look much larger and more inviting.
You don’t just have to limit the paint job to the walls. Painting cupboards and cabinets too will lend a balanced visual to the kitchen and. Make sure you remove any handles before starting and prepare the walls beforehand.
You may even want to take a cupboard door to the local hardware store so you can find the right shade of paint to compliment the surface.
Lighting goes hand in hand with the repaint and applies similar principles. If your kitchen is dim then it will look small and bleak. This is the opposite of what you want. Aim for lots of bright lighting. Spotlights work well for this effect, and they look smart.
You may need to remove the current lighting fixture, which can prove to be a bit of work, but it will be worth it in the end.
One of the most important parts of the kitchen is the floor. It is one of the most notable parts and can make or break the appeal of the room. Carpeted kitchens are a big no, if yours is carpeted get rid of the carpet immediately.
The kitchen will be used on a frequent basis and so the floor will need to contend with wear and tear as well as spillages. There are several options available for kitchen flooring including vinyl, wood and ceramic.
You could even compliment whatever choice you make by putting a rug down to add some personality and character to the room. This works especially well if you rent and are stuck with dull laminate flooring.