Contemporary Kitchen: Small Changes to Update the Heart of Your Home
There are a number of ways that you can modernise your kitchen on a budget if you want to refresh your current interior. With a few small changes, a contemporary kitchen could be yours at a fraction of the cost of a complete remodel. The right accessories can completely change the look of your design, and there are a number of kitchen components that can be exchanged with little expenditure or effort. In this article we have compiled our favourite options to help you achieve a modern look in your home, for less.
There are a host of ways you can accessorise your cabinets to make them look brand new. Painting your cabinet frontals can change the look of the room completely – if you have a more traditional style or are looking to create a dramatic change, replacing your cabinet frontals entirely for a more modern selection is a cost effective way to achieve a contemporary aesthetic. Handles and knobs can be removed and replaced in an afternoon, and provide an easy way to change the overall look of your kitchen.
Copper accessories have been hugely popular of late, thanks in part to the industrial kitchen trend, and they work well with a selection of contemporary kitchen colours. Our Hardy copper cup handles and Wordsworth copper knobs are an obvious choice if you are looking for a quick style update.
Open and broken plan layouts ensure that there is ample space in the heart of the home for everyone in the family. If you already have a breakfast bar or kitchen island, swapping the seating for a more modern option is a fantastic way to freshen up your look. If not, adding a small table and chairs is a stylish way to create a contemporary kitchen feel (if you have the space). Hairpin legs, to complement the aforementioned popular industrial trend, are a popular for chairs, tables and high stools, providing a modern way to update your kitchen furniture.
Smaller kitchen appliances, such as microwaves, blenders or food mixers, are not always considered when planning a kitchen, but even having two or three of these items adds up and can take up a large proportion of your worktop space. Choosing a few small appliances to replace with a contemporary design can alter the feel of your kitchen, and whilst it won’t have a huge impact on the overall look alone, this can be a great way to tie the look together for a sleeker aesthetic if combined with a change of colour on the walls or cabinets.
Light and Colour
We have already discussed changing the colour of your cabinets, but changing the colour of your walls is another option if you are looking to create a more contemporary kitchen on a budget. Splashbacks are a fantastic alternative for changing your kitchen colours and are a sleek alternative to tiles in any home.
Light is another aspect that can change the overall feel of a kitchen, and is a great way to give yours a quick, low cost update. Adding lighting under your wall cabinets, changing your light fittings or even the light fixtures is an inexpensive way of bringing your kitchen up to date.
As you can see, it can be fairly straightforward to create your own contemporary kitchen just by changing a few fixtures and fittings, making your update as budget-friendly as possible. Have you made your kitchen more modern using accessories? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.