Keeping up with the latest kitchen trends on a budget


A recent study found that over half of homeowners consider the kitchen to hold the most financial value, and a third have spent over £1,000 revamping their kitchen in the last five years. But for those on a budget, giving the kitchen an up-to-date makeover doesn’t have to break the bank. Here, Jamie Johnson, category manager at IronmongeryDirect, takes a look at the latest kitchen trends for 2017 and advises homeowners on how they can achieve their ideal look at a fraction of the cost.

No longer just a place to cook meals, the kitchen has become the heart of the home where families spend a lot of their time. As such, more investment is being put into making this room look good, so it’s a relaxing and sociable place for the whole family to enjoy. In fact, a third of homeowners have actually renovated their kitchen in the last three years to keep up with the latest trends. And if given the option to improve just one room in the house, 76% of homeowners said they would chose the kitchen, highlighting that we’re now more kitchen focused than ever before.

However, kitchen renovations are often considered to be expensive because it’s assumed that to give this space a new lease of life, you have to rip out and replace old work surfaces, invest in new appliances and knock down walls to create more space. But this is not necessarily the case. There are other ways to give the kitchen a stylish makeover and make it feel more up to date without splashing serious amounts of cash.

Wrap kitchen cupboards

Replacing old cabinets and large appliances with brand new ones will give your kitchen a completely fresh look – but this kind of renovation is unlikely to come cheap. However, there is a new alternative – a remodelling technique that is beginning to rise in popularity called ‘kitchen wrapping’. It’s a solution that homeowners can do themselves, without having to pay to bring in an expert kitchen fitter, and it will instantly change the look of the room.

Kitchen wrapping involves purchasing special adhesive vinyl sheets that can be placed on top of existing kitchen cupboards and appliances to give them a whole new look. All you need to do is simply stick them to the front of the surface you wish to cover, trim them to size and the kitchen’s appearance will be completely transformed – it’s that easy. The vinyl sheets are available in a wide variety of colours and finishes, such as matt, gloss, wood effect, chrome and metallic, so they can suit the style of any kitchen.

Clear out clutter

Within modern day kitchens, many homeowners favour the minimalist look in order to create a stylish, yet functional room. Recent shifts in kitchen design mean that we are now seeing the development of taller cabinets and functional storage spaces to house small kitchen appliances. This means that worktops can be kept clear and the kitchen can look streamlined. Tidy worktops can also create the illusion of more space, which is ideal for those with small kitchens.

Many homeowners are also opting for deeper drawer options for their cabinets, as well as intelligent storage solutions that incorporate various compartments and shelves, in order to store condiments and other small kitchen items. The Full Height Soft Close Pull Out Larder is an ideal example of a smart kitchen storage solution. It comes with six adjustable storage trays and a bottle divider rail, enabling homeowners to organise food items, bottles and utensils to keep them neatly stored out of sight. Operating on a high-quality runner system, the cabinet pulls out fully, giving users easy access to all items stored in the trays. It also features a soft close mechanism to allow the door to be closed smoothly when pushed shut to minimise noise and avoid trapping fingers – ideal for those homeowners with children. The system is easy to assemble and install, and includes a safety wall fixing bracket to keep it firmly in place.

Freshen up with a new colour

Taking influence from minimalist Scandinavian designs, homeowners are currently opting for simpler styles and colours in their kitchens. Greys, black and earthy tones are rising in popularity this season, and we’re seeing an abundance of grey and black appliances and monochrome kitchen units to help create this theme.

However, it’s important to be careful not to use too many dark colours, particularly in smaller kitchens as these colours can end up making the room feel tiny. Incorporating bright whites, creams and neutral tones will help to increase the amount of light that is reflected into the room and will automatically make it feel bigger. Plus, painting the walls with just one colour naturally causes the eye to travel around the room, giving the sense of more space.

Copper accessories are also on trend at the moment as they complement the simplistic look perfectly. Changing hardware accessories to incorporate this style, such as door handles and cabinet knobs, is really easy to do and is a great way to alter the style of a room without spending too much money. These features can also be updated again at a later date when new trends emerge. The Bioko Cabinet Handle in Brushed Copper from Crofts & Assinder would look great in a minimalist styled kitchen, fitting perfectly with the light coloured walls and earthy toned work surfaces. These cabinet handles offer superb quality and an elegant finish.

Updating the look of a kitchen doesn’t have to cost the earth and there are lots of simple, inexpensive techniques that can help to completely transform the space. Whether that’s just painting the walls to suit the latest styles or creating extra space with clever storage solutions, these subtle changes can have a dramatic effect on the room’s overall look for just a small cost. By being a little savvy and creative with your renovations, you can create a kitchen you’re proud of, on even the smallest of budgets.

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