The evenings are getting brighter and the weather is becoming milder, which can only mean one thing – spring is nearly upon us. It’s the perfect time to bring your home back to life, rejuvenating your rooms along with the new season.
Here Sam and Vicky Davies from The Kitchen Restoration Company discuss five easy ways to refresh your kitchen for spring.
Bring the outside in
Outside, everything is blooming, from daffodils and tulips to hyacinths and primroses. So why not incorporate this into your home? Fresh flowers are a great way of reviving your kitchen, adding bright colours and introducing a fresh scent that will make your house feel alive. Go a step further and bring this into your cooking by growing your own herbs in co-ordinating pots on the windowsill. Not only will they taste great in your food, but they’ll add freshness to the atmosphere.
Let there be light
The days are getting longer, so let that sun shine in! Whether you’ve got blinds or curtains, it’s likely that your window dressings have been neglected over the past few months. But now is the perfect time to re-frame your windows, allowing light and air to flood in and spread that essence of spring. Using light curtain fabric such as organza, chiffon and lace in your kitchen will allow natural light into your home, creating a spring mood and healthy environment. As night falls, create an atmosphere in your kitchen by installing uplighters underneath your cupboards, allowing light to fill the room without being overbearing.
Make the most of the space you’ve got
Undergoing a thorough spring clean will help you to de-clutter your cupboards and work surfaces. But why not solve the problem once and for all by going one step further and adding hidden storage? There are some amazing solutions that you can discreetly install within your cupboard space to allow you to live a more tidy and organised life. Try adding a wine rack, or why not add a secret sliding basket or rotating corner carousel? Think of all the time you will save on tidying up and looking for things!
Recapture the sparkle
Aside from the usual wipe down of surfaces and floors, how often do give your kitchen a good, thorough clean? Tile grout can remain grubby and greasy if it isn’t given a deep scrub, so recapture its sparkle with a simple hand-made solution of bleach and water. Alternatively, re-grout for a totally fresh look. You could even try coloured grout to add a new dimension to your tiles. Giving your oven a thorough scrub will also bring an additional gleam into the room and stop stale smells filling your kitchen. To add a real sparkle, incorporate metallic finishes, making your kitchen really shine!
You don’t need to totally replace your kitchen to add a bit of colour. Make the most of what you’ve got and add it where you can. Think ‘out with the old and in with the new’ when it comes to your appliances, swapping items like your old toaster and kettle with matching replacements. For a more radical change, replace your door and drawer fronts, choosing a totally different style and colour. Try soft Lavender Herb painted fronts to create a distinctive colour pop that will create the perfect spring mood. Updating your kitchen in this way can create the ultimate kitchen facelift without the need to rip out your units and start again. The best part is that it takes as little as a day to complete, so you can relax whilst the hard work is done for you and come home to a totally refreshed kitchen.