From clever tricks to mini decor projects, enjoy our round-up of ideas that will make your kitchen more beautiful now.

By Amy Cutmore
February 15, 2018
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It’s easy to tire of a decorating scheme, particularly in a room where you spend the vast majority of your time. And as we’re increasingly using the kitchen not only as a space to cook, but also to eat, entertain, gather as a family and relax, it’s natural we should want to mix things up from time to time. Changing cabinetry can be a costly business, but there are plenty of ways to transform a kitchen without needing to spend big.

Paint is the most obvious way to reinvigorate a tired scheme. From on-trend greys or minimalist white to a feature wall in a bold colour,– the possibilities are endless. Also consider a statement wallpaper or mural in a bold pattern, which is a great way to zone off a dining area.

Lighting also has transformative powers, from oversized pendants suspended over a table to subtle LED strips under cabinetry –– there is a wealth of choice when it comes to kitchen illumination that doesn’t have to cost the earth.

And what about furniture? The introduction of some colourful bar stools can take a scheme from ordinary to urban chic in an instant, while a secondhand dresser lovingly brought back to life with an unusual coat of paint will give a county kitchen a modern edge.

Read on for more of our top tips!

1. Supersize your wall tiles

Oversized wall tiles are a great way to make a statement – and take less time to fix and grout than smaller metro designs. Choose a plain design or go for texture rather than pattern (like this ceramic option with a shimmering, high-gloss finish) then arrange in a striking herringbone formation.

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Buy now: New Brighton Ocean tiles by BCT in salt, £19.99 per sq m, Walls and Floors

2. Add a peg rail

Boost your storage levels with peg rails for hanging utensils, open baskets and wire racks. That way, you won’t have to scrabble around at the back of dark and deep cupboards to find what you need.

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Buy now: Similar Oak six-hook peg rail, £45, Cox & Cox

3. Go for bright appliances

If you’re not brave enough to put colour all over your fitted kitchen, stay neutral but pick a bright new cooker or fridge. Both ranges and retro fridges come in a rainbow of happy contemporary colours, such as pink and orange, as well as more traditional shades of blue and red.

4. Pretty up the practicals

Who says your bin has to be boring? Even the most mundane of kitchen items can look good. This soft close, slim pink pedal bin will also save precious under-worktop space.

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Buy now: Brabantia 30ltr New Icon pedal bin in clay pink, £65, Binopolis

5. Paint a blackboard wall