With summer here and plans for barbeques, picnics and alfresco suppers aplenty, now’s the time to get out of the kitchen and into the garden. And while you’re sunning yourself you can call in the experts to give your kitchen an overhaul – without the drama. After all, being knee-deep in renovation work isn’t the most inspiring situation for the summer months.
Kitchen revamp specialist Dream Doors offers ideas and insight on how to get a new look kitchen without the hassle and disruption of a complete refit…. says Managing Director Troy Tappenden:
In our business, the physical work is only part of the story; at Dream Doors the key to any successful kitchen refurbishment is meticulous pre-planning and preparation. Before any work is carried out we perform a Pre-Installation Survey to establish exactly what the client wants and their needs. We ask a range of detailed questions, for example:
- Why do you need a new kitchen? Are you updating to sell? Have your needs for the kitchen grown or reduced (have your children left home or are you planning to grow your family) or do you simply want to update your kitchen?
- What do you like about your current kitchen? Is there sufficient storage? Does the layout work well? Is there enough space for all your appliances or do you want to introduce new ones? Does the colour scheme work for you?
- What do you dislike about your current kitchen? Can you easily move around, even with more than one person in the room? Are any cupboards difficult to access? Do the finishes on the cupboards and worktops look dated?
- What preference do you have for the look and feel of your new kitchen? Do you want to create a warm and inviting space? Do you want your kitchen to be the hub of activity in your house? What style do you want – neutral and minimalist or vibrant and exotic?
- What are your storage needs? Do you need extra space? Do you have a lot of crockery, pots and pans, glassware or appliances to store?
- Do you have any special items to store or display in your new kitchen? Would you like to store wine bottles? Do you have cookbooks to display? Do you want a spice rack or an open shelf for access? What about general rubbish or recycling?
- Apart from cooking, will you use your kitchen for anything else? Does it double as an informal dining area? Do you use your kitchen for socialising?
- What materials do you prefer? And what are your preferences for fixtures and fittings?
Often, after a Pre-Installation meeting, it becomes apparent that rather than knocking out the existing kitchen and embarking on a disruptive two month kitchen re-build project, what the client is really looking for is a facelift. This can be easily achieved, sometimes in a matter of days, by replacing kitchen doors, drawers and worktops, introducing new taps, cutting the clutter, using on trend accent colours on walls, blinds and introducing co-ordinated accessories.
And with a kitchen makeover complete, there’s plenty of opportunity to add to more fun, stylish touches including:
Flowers, flowers, flowers
Even a kitchen space stripped back to basics can benefit from a quick fix. Fresh flowers are the simplest way to bring some seasonal cheer and nothing says summer quite like a bouquet of daisies, lilies, or tulips – even better if they’re picked from the garden. Whether bunched together or used sparingly around the kitchen, flowers create an immediate homely and welcoming impact in any room… not to mention that gloriously fresh smell!
Set a colourful table
Think florals and bright colours, complimented with fresh fruit. These seemingly small touches can help create an ambiance perfectly akin to summer. Your dining table is a precious space, shared with friends and loved ones. Let your decor reflect this. And if your kitchen is simply a carcass get creative. Think picnic-style suppers or bring garden furniture inside and adorn with candles to make a magical impromptu setting.
Update old furniture
Consider painting some features of your kitchen. From your dining table and chairs, to your island and cabinet, adding a bright colour to your decor can make your kitchen come alive for the summer. Chalk paint is huge in the DIY world right now as it’s so versatile and user-friendly. Just remember to sand down first!
Colourful dish towels
These simple accessories can really brighten up your kitchen, introducing a cost effective and fun aesthetic, even if you’re knee deep in renovation. Choose bright colours, fruits or florals to create that summertime glow.
The devil really is in the detail when it comes to a kitchen refurbishment. Meticulous planning and a detailed timeline really will make all the difference when it comes to carrying out the work.