Maybe you’re dreaming of a full kitchen renovation someday (but that day is a long way off), or perhaps you like your current kitchen but want to change a few components. If this sounds like your situation, a kitchen refresh could be just the thing.
Even without reconfiguring the layout of the space, there’s a lot to consider, from small items, such as new cabinet hardware and lighting, to major changes, such as new benchtops and appliances. And whether your budget is $100 or $10,000, it can be a challenge to decide what to prioritise and what to put on the back burner.
Use this kitchen refresh plan as your starting point, and customise it to work with your space and budget.
If your budget is around $100
Change the wall colour. Between cabinetry and appliances, kitchens generally have limited wall space – which means it won’t take much paint to cover it.
If you do the painting yourself, your only costs will be a tin of paint (four-or-so litres will probably do it, though definitely measure your space to work out the right amount) and basic painting supplies.
If you have cash left, use it to pick up a new art print and pop it into a ready-made frame to decorate your freshly painted wall.
If your budget is around $300
Change the wall colour, put up a new art print and then swap out a light fixture. One swap for tired lighting can make a huge difference in how your kitchen looks and feels – and there are so many great budget lighting options available, you don’t have to break the bank to get an on-trend look. If you have more room in your budget, replace all of the kitchen lights, or splurge on a fancier pendant over the island.
Paint, hang art, get new lighting and add open shelves. Open shelving certainly has its fans – and its critics – but one thing is certain: it does wonders for small spaces. Even replacing one small upper cabinet with a set of open shelves can make your kitchen feel more spacious, and provides an opportunity to display favourite dishes and accessories.
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If your budget is around $700
What’s next? After the fresh paint, art, lighting and open shelves, consider springing for a new tap. Replacing a kitchen tapware costs less than doing the whole sink (that’s next) and can be a DIY job for handy homeowners.
If your budget is around $1,000
If you have more wiggle room in your budget, splash out on a new sink to go with that new tapware. Keep in mind that if your new sink is a different style than the old one, you may face additional installation costs to fit it properly into the cabinetry and benchtop.
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If your budget is around $1,500
Paint, art, new lighting, open shelves, a new sink and then a makeover for your cabinets. Brand-new cabinetry is one of the higher-cost items in a kitchen renovation, so if you can avoid it, do. If your cabinets are in pretty good shape, repaint them, following the necessary steps to prepare them for their new finish. Then replace the old cabinet knobs and pulls. Know that if your cabinets need to be refaced – which involves replacing rather than just repainting the doors – the cost will be significantly more.
If your budget is around $5,000
Along with updating the cabinets, installing new benchtops is one of the biggest-impact changes you can make to your kitchen. There’s a wide range of options when it comes to great-looking kitchen benchtop materials – there’s a huge cost difference between, for instance, a timber benchtop from Ikea and marble – so hunt around until you find something you like that fits your budget.
If your budget is around $10,000
Paint, lighting, open shelves, a new sink, refreshed cabinets, new benchtops… what’s left?
If you have more room in your budget, it’s time to choose new appliances. To avoid extra installation costs, select appliances that fit in the same space the old ones occupied.
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From curtains and blinds to shades and panels, we welcome these on-trend and timeless window coverings.
Lift the curtain on the current season of window coverings and you’ll discover new designs and old favourites, all of which are smarter than ever. As well as opening, closing and adjusting the angle of your window dressings, many motorised systems now boast timers and let you program different settings for each room with smart phone apps or a tap of your tablet. And on top of being clever, these contemporary trends in window coverings are proving classy as well.
1. Blind ambition
Luxaflex Window Fashions recently unveiled a new print collection in its 2017 season launch, with stylish roller blinds in both sheer and blockout textiles. This Spring Bloom range in Verona was born from an artistic collaboration between Luxaflex and David Lennie, co-owner of Signature Prints. Lennie was inspired by the seminal fabrics and wallpapers of Arts and Crafts designer, William Morris.
Tip: Roller blinds can be hung in two ways: back-roll, where the roll is visible; and front-roll, where it’s hidden from view.
2. Top down, bottom up
A recent innovation has freed window shades from traditional restrictive mechanisms that only allowed them to be opened from the top. As part of the company’s new collection, Luxaflex Window Fashions
launched a range of motorised Duette shades that open from the top down as well as from the bottom up, or glide from side to side on a ceiling-mounted track. Duette designs are available in translucent fabrics and blockout opacities, which help prevent your furnishings from fading and let you control how much direct or filtered light enters your home.
3. Ombré window treatments
Remember the recent two-toned trend that saw curtains sporting different coloured hems? Ombré window coverings follow hot on its heels, though instead of being sewn from different coloured fabrics, these curtains and blinds have a dipped or tie-dyed appearance. This technique gives a more gradual variation in colour than the starker contrast seen in the two-toned trend.
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4. Two-toned trend
If the bedroom of this Castlecrag home in Sydney is anything to go by, it looks like the two-toned trend has been turned on its side. In the latest manifestation of this window fashion, sheer curtains by No Chintz
hang elegantly in contrasting vertical panels instead of horizontal ones.
5. Natural fibres
Many new season window treatments have turned up the texture – fabrics show off their natural fibres, textiles are more tactile and prints display an added depth. But taking out the top gong in textured window treatments are cane blinds, which seem to be stepping back into the spotlight.
Cane window coverings fell out of favour several decades ago. However, as this rustic cane creation by No Chintz proves, this is a welcome case of history repeating.
Tip: Cane and highly textured natural fibres diffuse sound and improve interior acoustics.
6. Tropical textiles
If you’re still in love with the bold tropical prints that have been brightening up our interiors and wardrobes these past few years, you’ll be happy to hear this trend seems set to stay for at least another season. Interior designer Tamsin Johnson jumped on board with bright tropical graphics when she and Patrick Johnson renovated their Sydney home.
This Martinique palm leaf print hangs loud and proud, resplendent in all its Beverly Hills glory.
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7. Black is the new… black
White and timber venetian blinds have hogged the limelight for decades, but darker shades are beginning to join them. In this 2017 renovation in Narrabundah, ACT, Chadwick Designs
fitted these grand full-height windows with black external venetian blinds. As well as being capable of withstanding the weather, external venetians offer insulating and sun-blocking properties too. Sheer curtains adorn the windows’ interiors and, in keeping with the latest technology, both are motorised.
8. Panel perfection
Layered fabric panels stylishly borrow aesthetics from both curtains and blinds, filling the void between the two. Here, alternating panels of the same fabric overlap and bring an added sense of depth to the bedroom of this New York townhouse, while filtering sunlight and providing privacy.
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9. Matching motifs
There’s nothing new about using the same fabric to upholster different pieces throughout your home, and it’s a trend that seems set to stay, so it deserves a mention. Here, Warwick Fabrics’ matching Euphoria Lagoon and Rapture Lagoon prints adorn the furniture, cushions and curtains.
This new range of textiles continues the current trend of watercolour-inspired fabrics that have swept into homes and wardrobes around the world. Warwick Fabrics uses the same colours in slight pattern variations to create a complementary collection.
Tip: Buy more fabric than you need for your window coverings and use what’s left over to upholster an item of furniture or make some cushion covers.
10. Curtain call
Likewise, it will come as no surprise that we still love layered window coverings. By doubling up with sheer curtains or blinds in the background and statement drapes or shades in the foreground, you can alternate between a light, breezy atmosphere or a bold, dramatic ambience. That additional layer of fabric also provides better sound and heat insulation, and lets you control how much light enters a room to reduce fading.
Here, Warwick Fabrics’ striking Tempest drapes in ‘Charcoal’ take centre stage, while a light sheer peeks out from behind. The plush, heavy fabric also gives a nod to the geometric and metallic crazes that are currently in vogue.