Upgrading our homes can be expensive and sometimes we need to be creative to get the look we want within the budget available.
One way to save money and to breathe new life into your kitchen is to partly upgrade rather than opting for full-scale remodelling. It is surprising what can be achieved with colour, lighting, flooring and replacement worktops.
Local fabricator, Cheshire Granite Worktops, recently worked with a Knutsford resident to replace her laminate worktops with granite. Her kitchen cabinets were in excellent condition but existing wall tiles, laminate worktops, and floor tiles left the room feeling dark, drab, tired and outdated.
Utilising the ‘Inspire My Kitchen’ design service by Debra Carroll Interiors of Wilmslow, her outdated kitchen was transformed into a contemporary space, and for a much smaller investment than a completely new kitchen. Replacing laminate with quartz or granite worktops can make an instant impact.
The makeover focused on key aspects including lighting; the tiling, which was old fashioned, and the worktops and flooring which were showing signs of wear and tear.
The makeover project looked at:-
- A budget plan and mood board.
- Improving lighting by adding LED down lighters and strip lighting.
- Removing wall tiles and re-skimming walls.
- Squaring off an archway to create a more contemporary feel.
- Laying black shimmer floor tiles to compliment the black sparkle quartz worktop.
- Replacing window sills and cooker splash back with black quartz.
On completion of the makeover project Knutsford resident, Mrs. M, said “I am really pleased by the transformation achieved in my kitchen. It feels so much bigger and brighter than before, simply by making straight forward design changes that I wouldn’t have thought about doing previously. The small investment has essentially given me a fabulous new kitchen at a fraction of the cost.”
For a kitchen makeover that will improve form, function and style for years to come, follow these simple design tips.
- Take time to understand the look you want to achieve in your kitchen.
- Use a colour wheel to check out which colours work well together. Think about introducing more bold colours, which are on trend for 2013.
- Be inventive and think about up-cycling or re-utilising accessories and furnishings that already exist in your kitchen or home.
If you want that lovely new kitchen, but don’t want to tackle it yourself and would like professional advice and help, contact Cheshire Granite Worktops. For ideas and for more information call Donna on 01565 300065.