During lockdown, lots of people had time to spare and have been putting this time to good use in the home. One of the jobs being done was to update an old kitchen. We all know kitchens are the hub of the home, but through good use, the kitchen can quickly become outdated. I loved the kitchen in my old house, it was brand new when we moved in, with slate effect lino flooring and dark worktops. However, when we moved out 7 years later, it needed some attention to modernise it.
If we stayed living there, I had a few ideas on what I would have liked to do to make it modern and stylish. In fact, it doesn’t take a lot of time to update a kitchen, so long as you know what you are doing. Here are 5 ways to update an old kitchen.
1. Change the flooring
Ok, So I’m going to start with probably the hardest way and that is to update the flooring. Swap out the vinyl or linoleum flooring for a timeless material such as wood, stone, or tile. These options can be expensive, but if you don’t have the budget, you can go for laminate flooring. I highly recommend laminate for a kitchen floor (I have it in my own kitchen), it looks good, easy to clean, and hard-wearing. It comes with a wood or stone effect and can be fitted easily with it’s click together element.
2. Add seating
If you are a family with children, it can help to have seating in the kitchen, so they can be doing their homework while you are busy cooking tea or tidying up. Not all kitchens have space for a breakfast bar, so you could add stools to a worktop area. You may have room for a small side table at the end of the kitchen. Either way, it brings that social element to the kitchen.
3. Paint the existing cabinets
Updating the outdated kitchen cabinets with a coat of paint will bring a whole new look to the kitchen. It’s a great idea if you are doing this on a budget. A vibrant bold blue colour or if you want to go dark, will give the cabinets a new lease of life.
4. Install new lighting
Kitchen lighting is sometimes an afterthought. But it’s vitally important for safety and bringing the ambiance to the room. There are many different lighting options to look at. I have touched on some here in my post on top ideas for kitchen lighting in your home. But remember to get the professional in when dealing with electrical issues.
5. Add decorative items
Adding plants to a shelf, a vase of beautiful flowers, and artwork on the wall can make your kitchen a part of your life. It will bring a homely social feel to the kitchen and just not a place to cook.
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