At this time of year, you might be starting to think about updating your kitchen. It may seem expensive to make changes, but there are some things you can do to jazz up your cooking area for a relatively small amount of money. As the kitchen is the heart of the home, these simple improvements will have a big effect and help to freshen the space up before spring.
How to update your kitchen for £50
£50 might not feel like a lot of money if you want to make improvements to your kitchen, but you can make it go much further than you might expect. One of the easiest changes to make for very little money is changing the handles on your cabinets. We stock a huge range of handles, with everything from contemporary Metropolis Bow handles to period doorknobs and Edison handles. Starting from as little as £2 each, it is one of the least expensive ways to improve your kitchen.
Alternatively, £50 is enough to create a feature wall with a 2.5-litre tin of Farrow & Ball paint. A neutral kitchen will be lifted by painting just one wall, whether you choose a restrained grey such as Mole’s Breath or a brighter colour like Vardo or St. Giles Blue. This kitchen uses a colour similar to Cooking Apple Green, should you wish to take inspiration from the look shown here.
Looking for a less permanent way to add some colour or change the walls? Hanging pictures, paintings or photographs is a quick and inexpensive option and is incredibly easy to do. Bring the outside into your kitchen and invite some summery vibes with a print from Whistlefish. Many of the pieces are centred around a summery seaside, lush countryside or humour, and prices start from just £8.50.
How to update your kitchen for £250
For £250, you can start to make some bigger alterations to your kitchen. If you have considered changing your worktop, this is a great way to make your cook space look brand new. Whether you would like solid oak surfaces, or are eyeing up one of our many laminate worktops, we have a variety of options available. Whatever you choose, you will receive a countertop of the highest quality that will look great for years to come.
You could use our worktops and table legs to create a new dining table, or choose to buy a new one. This varnished and painted rubberwood table from Wayfair will look fantastic in both modern and traditional styles, and its white paint means it will complement any colour theme.
A rug, meanwhile, is a sure-fire way to add colour and style to a space, whether you choose to lay it in the kitchen, or in the dining or living space of an open plan design. You can choose from any number of styles and price points, but we think this one, currently on sale for £99, deserves a mention because its Moroccan style and rich colour will suit a range of themes.
How to update your kitchen for £500
A budget of £500 offers more opportunity to update, whether you wish to make a series of small changes or one large one. If you are looking to upgrade your worktop, our more exotic timbers are now within budget, and dramatic options like our wenge or zebrano worktops, which start from £310 and £290 respectively. Wenge is our darkest, densest and most opulent material, while zebrano is exotic, dramatic and eye-catching.
You may also want to change your appliances, especially if your fridge, hob or oven are looking a bit past their best now. At this price point, you will be able to replace two appliances with less expensive models, or you could instead decide that you would rather have one appliance that costs a bit more.
Alternatively, this budget means you can change up a number of things in your kitchen. In fact, you could buy all of the £50 and £250 options listed above, and have change to spare! Even with a reasonably modest spend, you could enjoy a new worktop, dining table, feature wall, rug, cabinet handles and a lovely picture too.
You do not have to spend a fortune to get a gorgeous kitchen – the changes listed here show that concentrating on smaller aspects can have a massive impact on the style and feel of your cooking area. Of course, this list is not exhaustive – you could buy vividly coloured small appliances, for instance – so if you are planning to update your space, tell us what you would choose below!