Even if you don’t have celebrity purchasing power, a simple facelift could be all that’s needed to create the kitchen of your dreams and make your home that much more alluring to potential tenants.
‘Replacing doors and drawer fronts can transform even the most outdated kitchen - there’s often no need to even empty the cupboards - and could be around half the cost of completely replacing a kitchen,’ says Troy Tappenden, managing director of kitchen makeover company Dream Doors.
‘There are also simple substitutions which can gain valuable extra space in an existing kitchen, such as corner pull-out cupboards and extra deep pan drawers. Replacing a stained or damaged worktop is another easy way to refresh an old kitchen, and one popular option is to fit a new overlay over an old worktop. ‘
New handles and lighting will complete the transformation.’
TOP TIP: Tiled splashbacks date a kitchen.
‘Re-tile with classic white tiles and accent with a coloured grout for an up-to-the-minute look,’ advises Claire O’Brien, trend manager at British Ceramic Tile.
Try their Cookhouse Metro Tile in white, £25 a square metre, contrasted with a fashionable teal grout.
GET THE LOOK: Glossy white doors in the HG White – Lincoln collection from Dream Doors, are for those hankering after an easy-on-the-eye contemporary cooking and eating area.
A local stockist will give a bespoke quote.
Another specialist in the field, The Kitchen Restoration Company, offers 400 ranges and style combinations, including its Chatsworth Range, which has Shaker-style doors and fronts in Vanilla Buttermilk. Prices start from £2,000.
If your heart’s desire truly is a designer kitchen beloved by the celebrities, consider bagging a bargain at Kitchensynch, a company which has ex-display and used designer kitchens at greatly-reduced prices.
Their range of high-end brands features style leaders such as Bulthaup and Poggenpohl.
TOP TIP: Colour in splashbacks, wallpaper and fun paint effects could be the perfect ingredients.
‘Coloured walls and accessories look amazing against gloss white or wood effect doors, and mean you can fairly inexpensively update or pick up on new trends,’ advises Amanda Watson, head of design at Betta Living.