Remodelling your kitchen does not always mean you have to get new furniture, kitchen cabinets, floors and walls. You can create a whole new look just by hanging new canvas prints, repRead moreainting the chairs and adding some styling details. Here are our tips for transforming your kitchen into a cosy oasis with a few small tweaks.

Repaint kitchen cabinets

Updating what you have instead of replacing old with new is good for your wallet, better for the environment and can make for a fun project for the whole family. One quick and easy change is to repaint your kitchen cabinets. Pick your colour carefully as it will set the style and feel of the room. That’s not all – a change of colur can create the illusion that the room is a different size. Paint the cabinets a brighter tone and the kitchen will feel larger, while a darker shade will create depth and a sense of space. Using accents that contrast with the base color – pictures, lighting, tea towels – will further accentuate the impression. The best part about these simple changes is that you don't have to be afraid to try something new because you can always simply redo it if you're not happy with the result.

Add canvas prints to the kitchen

There are a few things to bear in mind when choosing and hanging prints in the kitchen. The motifs you pick need to be something the whole family likes, but they also have to match the kitchen. It’s your personal style that matters, but remember that a kitchen is not just a kitchen – so pick canvas prints that create a calm atmosphere and provide inspiration for cooking and doing homework. This could be anything from green houseplants and pink or yellow patterns to rustic prints or food motifs. If you have a large wall, you could hang more than one print. Whether you choose just two or you want to have a whole wall of prints, there are a few tricks of the trade that will really help – things that may sound simple, but make all the difference so your wall doesn’t feel cluttered and your prints create a peaceful impression. Hang all your prints in line with one another. This can be along the upper edge, the lower edge or the middle of the print. If you have a whole wall of prints in your kitchen there’s plenty of scope to be adventurous, but the rule of thumb is to have all the frames an equal distance apart. Before you start hammering nails into the wall, experiment by arranging the prints on the floor or start by hanging one print in the middle of the wall and going from there. A picture rail looks nice if the kitchen walls are large enough. This way you can avoid putting a bunch of holes in the wall and can change the motifs whenever you like.

Small details make a difference

Paint two chairs in mismatched colours or buy new flowers – sometimes that's enough to make a room feel like new. You could also change the tea towels or tablecloths – or why not buy new decorations? Our best advice for updating the look of your kitchen is don’t be afraid to experiment! You may find new things you like, and if you stick to minor tweaks, you can always try again.
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