As the weather turns colder and the nights get darker, the focus turns towards cooking warm hearty meals to fight off the winter blues. But what if spending time in the kitchen doesn't appeal? Is your kitchen due for an overhaul? We recently exhibited at Grand Designs Live and spoke with lots of visitors who are embarking upon exciting projects to revamp and extend their kitchens. Some people are even lucky enough to be designing their own kitchens as part of a larger building project.
If the idea of building your own Grand Design sounds a little overwhelming, there’s still plenty you can do to refresh your kitchen ahead of the long winter months. Here are a few top tips: Mixed materials You don’t need to fit a whole new kitchen, simply replacing your worktops can transform the look of the whole room. If you have dark granite worksurfaces, you could try a lighter marble or Corian shade. Perhaps you have light beech worktops with white cabinets; replacing the surfaces with a rich teak will create a greater contrast and update the design of your kitchen. Colourful Introducing a new colour scheme could give your kitchen a new lease of life and inspire you to create a whole host of culinary creations! Try painting the walls a new colour; adding colour accents with colourful kitchen accessories, or even replacing your appliances with brightly coloured alternatives. For example, Britannia’s Delphi range cooker is available in a rich red shade, which looks great in any kitchen – you can even get a matching Montana; our American fridge-freezer.
Finishing touches If your budget’s tight, consider smaller changes you can make, such as replacing your cabinet door handles, or adding wall art or retro signs to plain walls. Arrange fresh fruit in ornate glass dishes and dress the room with bunches of brightly coloured flowers to create a natural, inviting environment. Are you feeling inspired yet? Take a look at more of our kitchen design posts, or request our brochures featuring the colourful Delphi and Montana. What other tips do you have for revamping your kitchen?