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Delish ideas for a kitchen remodel

Delish ideas for a kitchen remodel

Home cooks are resourceful and there's no reason that a mouth-watering kitchen refresh shouldn’t be, too. This makeover builds on the existing layout and cabinets – meaning less waste of materials and lots of money saved, with just as appetising of an “after”.

Background flavours

Background flavours

Even if much of the old kitchen stays, there are still easy ways to totally transform it. Like paint. Swap the colour on the walls, and you can hardly believe you’re in the same space. Here dark, chocolate tones with a rich, suede finish made all the difference, turning up both the warmth and texture.

The main dish

The main dish

You can paint the kitchen cabinets completely – or as we did here, a combo of painted boxes with new fronts in an updated style. Either way, it’ll be a lot less resource-intensive than removing the existing cabinets while still making a huge impact on the space. Just look at what the shift from white to black did here!

Get cooking

Get cooking

With the framework in place, it’s time to zoom in on the things the kitchen-specific details that add both function and flair: a tap that saves water, lighting in just the right spots for working, handles that suit the new kitchen cabinets and energy efficient appliances - all in black.

Season to taste

Season to taste

Time to stir in the rest of the ingredients: decorative storage, utensils, small appliances and tableware. Also, storing select ingredients and accessories on a trolley, helps to both keep things close when you need them and help set the culinary mood.

Fit it all in

Fit it all in

When doing a reno that reuses the original cabinets, you have real savings but will have to get creative in finding ways to add more storage and organisation. Open box wall shelves like these make great use of empty space, and the lighter wood tone contrasts nicely with all the black in the new design.

Using thin-legged furniture allows the light to travel and floor to remain visible, keeping the room's airiness intact.

Using thin-legged furniture allows the light to travel and floor to remain visible, keeping the room's airiness intact.

Stay inspired

Stay inspired

Like a tasty meal, feeling good in the kitchen has a lot to do with the mix of ingredients. Art and wall decorations require a minimum of space, yet can add just the right amount of food-mood inspiration.

Finishing touches

Finishing touches

Anything more to add? Last tweaks are naturally up to the resident mealmaker, but why not a small wall shelf for favourite cookbooks and decorations as the metaphorical sprig of parsley?