Kitchen Re-Fresh: 6 Ways to Update Your Space
From breakfast until supper, the kitchen serves as the family’s social and practical hub and is the heart of any home. With a room so often in use, it’s easy to get caught up in the hectic schedule of day-to-day life, meaning before you know it your once trendy kitchen has become yesterday’s news.
With this in mind, today, we’re breaking down 6 ways to rejuvenate your kitchen space, helping you combine style and practicality for years to come.
- Start thinking eco-friendly
As we all continue to develop a greater environmental and ecological consciousness, eco-friendly optimisation is becoming an increasingly prominent feature in interior design. So, it’s well worth updating this space with the latest eco-friendly design and appliances to reap both the financial and moral benefits of a greener kitchen.
Adding the latest energy-efficient appliances to your kitchen is a great way to stay up-to-date with the most recent technology, ensuring your kitchen doesn’t get left in the dark ages. Moreover, the slick aesthetics of many of the latest energy-saving appliances will complement the trendy interior of your modern kitchen (we’ll get to that in just a sec!) for a cool, contemporary design. All this while cutting costs on your long-term bills – it’s a no-brainer really!
- Modernise your worktops
Kitchen worktops play a pivotal role in the overall aesthetics of your kitchen. In an effort to ‘get with the times’, consider ditching your old vinyl worktops and replacing them with stylish and functional granite worktops for that ultra-modern look.
Granite worktops don’t just look great, though. Their hard and durable properties make them a highly functional addition to any kitchen, withstanding splashes, spills and stains and lasting a lifetime. This means you won’t need to replace them again anytime soon – and when they look as good as they do, why would you want to?
- Pick timeless flooring
Though traditional rolled vinyl or linoleum flooring was once the ‘in’ thing, the modern home is all about those timeless materials like wood, tile and stone.
With their functionality and aesthetic appeal coupled with durability, lifespan and versatile style, these flooring materials simply never go out of fashion – which means they’ll remain relevant through all the latest and future interior trends.
- Incorporate more metals
Incorporating metals into your kitchen interior is a great way to get that modern look, complementing your granite worktops and timeless flooring for a slick, industrialised feel.
Try thinking outside the box to add that aspect of uniqueness to your kitchen, using stainless steel, copper or matte aluminium for anything from pendant lighting to window frames.
- Don’t forget about lighting
Lighting is often an afterthought when it comes to kitchen design, yet the truth is that lighting can really influence a kitchen interior’s ability to make an impact.
The important thing to bear in mind is ambience. While one big, bright kitchen light might have worked for the kitchens of the past, the modern culinary space relies on versatile lighting to match the room’s new role as a social hub. To finish the look, add a dimmer switch to ensure you have suitable lighting intensity whether you’re cooking, dining or entertaining.
- Make your kitchen accommodating
As we previously touched upon, the role of the kitchen has evolved in recent years. Where it was once used as a space reserved purely for cooking, the kitchen now serves as the centre of the daily workings of the family – morning, noon and night.
Add a seating area – whether it be a window-side table or breakfast bar with worktop stools – to accommodate everything from the kids doing their homework to friends coming over for a coffee and a catch-up.
Following these 6 tips will help you refresh your kitchen to achieve a stylishly modern space that will remain trendy and efficient for years to come.
Sophie Armstrong is a content creator for granite and quartz worktop specialists Burlington Granite, who provide a full bespoke worktop solution by offering templating, cutting, polishing and fitting, all driven by 25 years of industry experience.