Bored of your kitchen? Or want to experiment with a different look? A really easy way to change up your kitchen is to refresh your kitchen cabinets. This won’t take much time or money and can make all the difference.
Here are 5 ways to change the look of your kitchen cabinets.
1. Change up your handles
Changing the handles and knobs on your kitchen cabinets can make a big difference to how they look. It’s usually a good idea to stick with the same type of material – so replace wood with wood and metal with metal. This is because your handle material is likely to complement your cabinets.
But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of room for creativity. Experiment with different metals, like copper, brass and stainless steel, or woods, like oak, beech and walnut. Plus, consider whether you want a matte or shiny finish.
Changing your cabinet handles and knobs is a really easy way to give your kitchen a different vibe. Consider feature handles and knobs if you want a period look, or a smooth, minimal style if you want them to blend into your kitchen.
2. Add eye-catching end panels
Adding end panels is a great way to neaten up your cabinets or give them a new twist. Fitting an attractive panel at the end of a row of cabinets can prevent them from looking tired and scruffy, or create a new focal point.
If you simply want to spruce up your cabinets, pick an end panel that matches your cabinets. Or if you want to make a statement, pick a patterned or bold-coloured one.
3. Attach decorative feetAttaching decorative feet is another great way to refresh your kitchen cabinets. These simple additions to the bottom corners of your base cabinets are a brilliant way to add interest to your kitchen and switch things up. Needless to say, they’re only an option if there’s space between your cabinets and the floor.
For maximum effect, go for feet with an ornate shape or in a bold colour.
4. Fit furniture toe kicks
Most kitchens have toe kicks that recede under your cabinets to leave room for your feet if you’re standing at the worktop. But if there are cabinets that you don’t have to stand at, try fitting furniture toes kicks underneath them. These fit flush to your cabinets and add an extra decorative element.
5. Give them a lick of paint
Don’t underestimate the effect of a repaint. This may be more effort than other options, but it’ll be worth it. Painting your cabinets a different shade can make a real difference to how your kitchen looks and feels.
If you want to open up your kitchen and make it feel bigger, try going for lighter shades like creams, greys and whites. Or if you want to turn your cabinets into a feature, try creating tuxedo cabinets (where the wall cabinets are a light colour and the base cabinets are a darker one). Some great tuxedo cabinet colour combinations are white and black, cream and olive green, and light grey and navy blue.
If you need help painting your cabinets, take a look at our home painting and decorating tips.
So what are you waiting for? There are lots of easy ways to refresh your kitchen cabinets in no time.
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