Home improvement is big at the moment. There’s a whole category on Netflix where you’ll find aspirational properties, home makeover shows and the heavily-worshipped Marie Kondo throwing out everyone’s jeans.
I’m attempting to tart up my own home and since I spend most of my time swooning over posh kitchens on Pinterest, I thought I’d start by fixing up my own kitchen.
This is what hours of Pinterest has taught me:
Invest in good flooring
Let’s face it, your kitchen floor gets a hammering, especially if you’ve got kids. I’m constantly traipsing across mine to top up my caffeine levels, making meals, loading the washing machine, and occasionally just hiding from my offspring.
Kitchen floor are unsung heroes.
If you’re after something that looks snazzy, but can take the wear-and-tear of everyday life, you might want to look into Quick Step Livyn vinyl flooring. They provide your preferred look of smooth or glossy, wood or stone (as one might expect of vinyl flooring), but they have a warranty period of 20 years! Your kids’ kids will probably be walking on these floor in years to come. I prefer a dark wood look, but you can get all sorts.
Get the lighting right
There is nothing worse than a dark and dingy kitchen. Kitchens should be filled with light, and feel clean and bright. If your kitchen isn’t as illuminated as an operating theatre, then you’re doing something wrong and you need to change it.
My kitchen has halogen spotlights which are a little pricey to run, but give me the level of brightness I prefer. My dream is to have lots of lights like in the picture above, but that’ll probably cost even more to run!
Have a clear-out
I’m all for quirky, mismatched pots – but if your cupboard is full of unmatching crockery for no other reason than that you’re a hoarder, then it’s time for a clear out!
Marie Kondo is popular for a reason – getting rid of clutter is freeing.
Go through everything you own, and if it isn’t part of a set or have sentimental value, then get rid. There’s no need to keep a chipped plate!
Update your accessories
Utensil pots, knife blocks, bread boards and teapots. All of yours are probably out of date and clashing with one another.
My favourite thing in the world is planning a look and then shopping for it. I prefer dark colours and rustic designs, which means I usually have to curate a look by shopping at several different places.
This where I recommend Pinterest again, it really is a valuable app/site for getting your thoughts in order and being inspired.
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