Breathing new life into the hub of your home is easier than you think.
There’s no need to cook and catch-up in a kitchen that looks bland and feels uninspiring. Dr Dulux is here to help liven up your space with answers to how to update your kitchen.
Q: Hi Dr Dulux. After years of busy family life, my kitchen looks tired and boring. I’d love some ideas for kitchen updates to make it look new again. I’m not a decorator, so I’m looking for easy options.
A: You’ve come to the right place! The great news is that you don’t need to be a decorator to achieve a design that looks professional. A lick of paint and a few simple tips is all it takes. Here’s how to turn your kitchen from drab to fab in next to no time.
Fresh white kitchen ideas
White is a classic, bright choice for the kitchen and it’s easy to update now and into the future. Best of all, you can’t go wrong with white as a backdrop, as it’ll match any fixtures, flooring and accessories you currently have. Don’t worry about it being boring either! You can use different shades to warm up or cool down your space and combine them to create visual interest. A coat of fresh paint is really all you need to bring white kitchen ideas to life.
For example, is your space a little dark and dreary? Brighten it up with a coat of White Mist on the walls and paint accents like window frames or cabinets with Celtic Cream. This will create an immediate feeling of rejuvenation, along with bringing the warmth of cosy cream. It’s also a versatile base for adding a bit of style with metallic statement lighting, plants or splashes of colour in crockery displays, wall art and furniture. To ensure longevity with your paint job, use Dulux Easycare Kitchen. It’ll resist those everyday cooking stains so you can wipe them away in a flash.
Contemporary grey and white kitchen ideas
Grey and white are a pair made in heaven and lend themselves to a space that’s sophisticated and welcoming. Always on-trend, you can use grey any way you like within white kitchen colour schemes, to instantly pull your design out of the old and into the ultra-modern. Choose to go all out with paint on the major surfaces, or pick features to highlight.
Consider grey tiles or splashbacks to instantly offset white cabinets and walls. Add a breath of fresh air with plants and tie the scheme together with grey vases or pots. Alternatively, paint a grey feature wall. Choose a shade with a blue undertone like Frosted Steel for a cooling effect or Pebble Shore for warmth. To do the bare minimum in order to achieve a grey and white kitchen, simply paint grey accents on window frames, drawers or stools. Highlight the accents with a grey rug, window treatments or stainless steel appliances.
Bright coloured kitchen ideas
There’s nothing like vibrant hues to wake up a tired space and Dulux kitchen colours bring the brights to suit your mood. A striking feature wall is all it takes to dive into a bold design. For a cheerful atmosphere that ensures a grey and white kitchen dazzles the eye, slather Honey Mustard on a wall above your worktops. Combine this with yellow accessories and stylish copper lighting for a modern edge.
How about a citrusy zing to go with your culinary skills? Join the green revolution and pair enlivening shades like Enchanted Eden and Luscious Lime on walls and window frames. Customise your furniture with the same shades and top it all off with bright white for cabinets and benchtops. Are you tempted by the dark side? Choose a rich maroon or deep rose red for a feature wall to highlight natural wooden furniture and white accessories.
Pop in some personality
Once you’ve completed your kitchen updates with paint, pop in some personality while adding to the functionality of the space. Take a look at any kitchenware or appliances that need to be on display. Can you update them for both practicality and decorative appeal to suit your style? This saves space while also adding to the overall freshness of the design. Next, take a look at all the little details in the kitchen.
Find eye-catching handles and knobs for your cupboards to enhance your colour scheme. Choose bright patterns for curtains or rugs to provide welcoming texture. To bring depth and interest to an open plan space, hang artwork that picks up the colour from your feature wall. Don’t limit yourself to bland lighting either. Take it a step further with statement pendant lights or even a floor lamp for atmospheric diffused light.
Finally, if you have the room, scatter decorative accessories that make you smile. Vases of fresh flowers, wooden bowls overflowing with fruit, statement wall clocks, pretty crockery displays on floating shelves and plants all add a touch of 'you' to the design. Effective kitchen updates can happen in a weekend, but you’ll reap the rewards of a sparkling new space for your family long into the future.