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Getting your kitchen ready for Christmas
With Christmas just around the corner your kitchen is probably set to see a lot of action. Parties, baking with the kids, not to mention all of the preparation, cooking, and general hard work that goes into the day itself. Getting all the family together for Christmas Day is a lovely experience, but it can feel like a complicated jigsaw puzzle trying to engineer everything if you’re stuck with a poorly-designed kitchen or appliances that are on their last legs. It’s not easy trying to barbeque a turkey because the oven’s packed up at the crucial moment!
So now could be a great time to think about updating your kitchen so it will be ready in time for the festive season – and there are a variety of options for doing so.
Re-organise your kitchen
The first thing to do when considering a kitchen revamp is to work out how much you want and are able to spend, and how much time you’re able to dedicate to the project. Remember, a simple kitchen refit is one thing, but if you need to reroute water and gas pipes, the price and time it takes to complete the project could go up significantly.
Buying a whole new kitchen can be a pretty big expense, so if you don’t want to pay out for an entire new set of fitted units, just re-organising it could make your room feel like new. Something as simple as clearing out unnecessary items from your cupboards so you’ve got more space for everything else should make a difference. Make the most of the space that’s available to you by finding a specific place for everything and de-cluttering.
Other adjustments you could consider that should save you paying for a total refit include having new space-saving drawers or cupboards installed, as this will help to make everything seem less cramped. These can sometimes be installed into your existing units, so ask for a quote from a reputable company to see what can be done. You can also replace the doors on your cupboards with new see-through glass ones as this can make your kitchen feel more spacious.
To save space, install a rack to hang pots on the walls. This will help to free up any cluttered drawers or cupboards. If your kitchen is small and dark, replace heavy curtains with lighter blinds. Letting in more natural light will make the room feel more open and give the illusion of greater space.
Adding a few bright accessories will really help to transform dull spaces, so let your imagination wander. Grey is a really stylish colour for kitchens at the moment and it’s perfect if you’re not looking for something too bright or busy.
A full re-design
If you’re willing to put in the work – and the money – you could look at buying an entirely new kitchen. This is probably one of the most important rooms in your home, especially if you spend a lot of time in it, so giving it a completely new look will really make a difference to the feel of your house.
You don’t have to go for the traditional black and white or wood design – if you want something more suited to you, add in an extra colour or two. However, keep in mind that if you go for anything too bright or quirky, it may affect how easy it is to sell your house in the future. For a less permanent splash of colour in your kitchen, pick out a few accent areas to create a focal point.
Whether you’re looking at a simple upgrade or a full overhaul, the price of kitchen updates can make for a significant investment – although if the job’s done well, it could add value to your home. You might be able to cover the cost upfront out of your savings, or you could consider taking out a home improvement loan. Remember, you should only consider this option if you’re as sure as you can possibly be that you’ll be able to repay it, as this sort of loan will be secured on your property. This means that failure to keep up with repayments could put your home at risk of repossession.