Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kitchen Think; How to Get a Fabulous Kitchen without It Breaking the Bank

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kitchen Think; How to Get a Fabulous Kitchen without It Breaking the Bank

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Byline: HOME STYLE With Lesley Taylor

earning for a shiny new kitchen - one fit for a magazine spread? y If the PS10,000-plus price tag is simply out of reach right now - or you cannot face the idea of the general chaos that comes with ripping out a kitchen and installing a new one - don't worry.

You can still achieve a slick and chic kitchen makeover whilst being seriously savvy with your budget, time and sanity.

INVEST IN A VIBRANT SPLASHBACK Splashbacks are one of the simplest, fastest and most effective ways of transforming the look and feel of your kitchen. They can also be reasonably priced too with colourful plastic splashbacks starting from around PS30.

The design options are almost endless. From large print designs - which seem like a work of art - to practical polished chrome; there is a splashback for every kitchen and every style.

For something a little more bespoke, decorative tiles make fantastic splashbacks and baked porcelain tiles are stain resistant, easy to maintain and install. Perfect for those not-so tidy cooks.

CREATE AMBIENCE Under-cupboard strip lighting is extremely effective for switching up the ambience and mood of a room; which is especially important if you use your kitchen for multiple purposes - from a bright and breezy breakfast to a relaxed glass of wine in the evening.

And if you thought strip lighting was either expensive or complex to install you can happily think again, as a metre strip begins from around

PS20 and they simply stick on - ideal for even those with an allergy to DIY.

INTRODUCE EXCITING FABRICS Fabrics are so underappreciated within the kitchen setting - rarely used and even less often used to any effect. So this summer, think bright, eye-catching patterns for your blinds, cushions and table coverings - birds, butterflies and jungle fauna are all in-vogue for 2017, but don't feel restricted to these alone.

Overhaul the hardware The hardware of your kitchen - the cupboards that is - can seem relatively innocuous, and yet when you replace the handles and knobs throughout you notice just how much of your overall style direction relies on them. …

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