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How to design your perfect kitchen

By Claire Briggs
One feature that most people look at when considering property for sale is how functional and stylish the kitchen is – so when was the last time yours got some TLC?
You don’t necessarily need to splash the cash to get your kitchen in the best possible shape. Some relatively inexpensive changes can make more of a difference than you might think.
Here are some ideas to help give your kitchen the attention it deserves.

Tiling choices

The tiles in your kitchen can make a real impact on the look and feel of the space. If you don’t feel like re-tiling the whole lot, perhaps consider giving your existing tiles a deep clean.
Alternatively, splash out on some brand new tiles to make a real impact. There are all sorts of shapes and colours available, so think carefully about what works best in the space.

Think lighting

Lighting can completely change the mood of a room and it’s fair to say the kitchen often goes neglected in this area.
Down-lighters can offer subdued illumination, while a lamp in the corner can provide just enough light. This is especially a great idea if you have an open plan living and dining room.

Storage options

With so many appliances, crockery and cutlery lying around the kitchen, it can be difficult to know where to keep them all.
The great news is there are many ingenious storage solutions available these days that you won’t be stuck for ideas, so the next time you go looking for it you’ll know where to find it.

Countertops

The countertops in your kitchen need to stand all the everyday wear and tear you throw at them, while also managing to look attractive in the process.
Your choice will depend on a range of factors, with one of the most prominent being your budget. Marble looks great and is hard-wearing, but it’ll cost you much more than many other options.

Let the sunshine in

There’s no better way to lift up your spirits than to allow a bit of natural sunlight into your home, and this is certainly the case in the kitchen.
Choosing your window coverings carefully will achieve this. Bear in mind they’ll need to be durable, which is why blinds are such a popular choice in this part of the home.

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