3 Easy And Inexpensive Ways To Update The Look Of Your Kitchen

Posted on: 17 April 2018

Like clothing fashion, interior design has trends that change dramatically from year to year and decade to decade. What was the hot, new feature one year can quickly become passe and outdated just a short time later. This is particularly true in the kitchen, and, as one of the most visible rooms in the house, it's a space that you may want to keep looking contemporary and in keeping with the latest design trends.

Kitchens are also one of the most expensive rooms to refurbish, with most projects costing thousands of dollars. This means that you might feel stuck with features that are no longer in keeping with the current fashion or that you've tired of aesthetically.

Fortunately, it's possible to give your kitchen a fresh, new look without the major cost of a full-scale refurbishment. Here are three simple and cost-effective ways that you can update and transform your kitchen.

1. Have your tapware metal plated

For many years, shiny chrome tapware in kitchens reigned supreme. More recently, less reflective and more natural looking metals have become the must-have material for tapware. The good news is that this doesn't mean you need to replace your old chrome tapware entirely. Instead, you can get custom metal plating with a more contemporary and matte finish.

Metal plating uses a chemical and electrical process to add a fine layer of metal to the surface of your tapware. Metals such as copper, brass, bronze or nickel are ideal for this and are all highly trendy metals right now.

2. Resurface your benchtop

Benchtops are one of the largest surfaces in a kitchen and they have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen. If your benchtop is old, worn or just plain dated, then revamping its surface is a fast, inexpensive and highly effective way to give your kitchen a more contemporary feel.

Resurfacing a benchtop involves adding a very thin veneer to the existing surface of the benchtop. You can materials like natural stone, laminate timber or metals such as copper or brushed aluminium. These materials vary widely in price but they're all still a much more affordable option than replacing the entire benchtop.

3. Add some colour and pattern

Until recently, the main aspiration for kitchen designs was to create a light and neutral look with broad appeal. This year's trends are embracing a more vibrant look and using bright colours and bold patterns to add personality and visual interest to the room.

A fresh coat of paint is the simplest way to add a splash of colour to a plain, neutral kitchen. Alternatively, you can also opt for a feature wall covered in one of the many beautiful, bright and intricate wallpaper styles that are available on the current market.

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