What if I told you that there was a way to enhance the look of your kitchen without the need for a full renovation? There’s no doubt that most homeowners would jump at the idea – especially if it meant a modernised kitchen space alongside improved functionality.

Luckily, you can do it all without breaking the bank. It’s easier than you think! Learn how to modernise your kitchen on a budget, with help from the team at Barben Architectural Hardware.

Give it some paint! 

If there’s one way to modernise your kitchen on a budget, it’s to give your walls, ceilings, doors, and window frames a fresh layer of paint. Instantly transform an outdated kitchen space by adding a palette of warm and rustic colours, like earthy brown and desert pink. These shades blend perfectly with timber furniture or fittings and help to create an uplifting and vibrant kitchen setting. 

Remember: If you’re painting timber furniture and cabinetry, be sure to apply a stain and tannin blocker first. You can source these from your local hardware store.

Try new tapware

If you aren’t ready to commit to replacing cabinetry or benchtops, the next best thing to do is to upgrade your existing tapware. You’d be surprised at how much refreshing your tapware will have an impact on your kitchen’s aesthetic. It can also improve your water efficiency and add extra functionality to your sink.

Just imagine how sleek your kitchen space will look with a two-tone pullout or ultra modern satin brass mixer… it’s a sure way to breathe new life into your kitchen.

Upgrade your appliances

“Kitchen appliances are no longer viewed as a workhorse that sits in the corner of a space, rather they are functional pieces of furniture that need to perform well, but also integrate seamlessly into the design aesthetic of one’s kitchen environment.” 

Shane Rehm, Product Line Manager at Fisher & Paykel.  

We couldn’t agree more with this statement! 

Kitchen appliances have become a crucial asset to the overall aesthetic of kitchen spaces. The best part? It’s never been easier to find tech that’s designed to follow popular aesthetics or colour schemes. Don’t just replace your appliances with standard ‘white goods’ or a boring stainless steel look. Explore more tactile styles even in your appliances – with wood textures or matte finishes.

Replace cabinet handles

Are your kitchen cabinets looking a bit outdated? Replacing your kitchen cabinet handles is a subtle and affordable way to enhance the look and feel of your kitchen space. 

For an ultra-modern look, try opting for lip pulls or knobs. These simple and minimalist-style handles invoke a very sleek and contemporary look, which can really bring your kitchen into 2021.

Experiment with industrial 

Industrial kitchen designs have continued to grow in popularity over the years, and for good reason! Opting for an industrial aesthetic doesn’t just save you money, it gives you the chance to salvage any unrefined architectural elements, like exposed brickwork, which pair perfectly with bold plumbing and tapware or concrete floors. 

If you don’t know where to start, focus on updating your kitchen tapware with copper or gunmetal products. These shades of metal blend sleek modernity with austere beauty to create a stylishly utilitarian kitchen scheme. 

Need some help from the experts? Talk to the team at Barben or visit the interactive Barben Boutique showroom to see how new tapware and handles can elevate your kitchen.

2021-02-12T17:57:23+10:00February 12th, 2021|

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