#TuesdayTips - Five quirky ways to update your kitchen

Posted 5 July 2016 by Helen Christie

Home renovation can be a huge task, but WhatHouse? has found some unusual ways to help you update your kitchen…

Rob Holt, co-founder of Holt Construction shares his top tips on adding star quality to your kitchen...

Let there be light

If you are planning a kitchen extension, consider going the extra mile and installing a glass roof light. There are a few things to consider here, namely, it is important to choose the right glass, as energy efficiency is of paramount importance, and self-cleaning glass is extremely handy. If it is going to be a large roof light, you must think about how you will regulate the temperature of the room.  Whatever you decide, it will be stunning feature that thoroughly enhances your interior. 

Add metallics

Copper-effect drinks cabinet Whether it’s on drawer handles, lighting or hardware, metallic finishes undoubtedly add personality to your kitchen. Don’t be afraid to mix metals either- if you are not sure where to start, try selecting a different metal to complement each cabinet type. Using a bronze or copper effect can add an industrial feel to a sleek, contemporary design, whilst most finishes look great alongside stainless steel appliances.     

Introduce darker tones

Don’t shy away from dark colours, they can add drama and sophistication to a scheme. Crucial to this style update is effective illumination; if the space is lacking sufficient natural or indoor lighting, dark tones can make a room feel oppressive, so consider adding an extension with bi-fold doors and/or roof lanterns. Go bold and offset light tiling and walls with dark cabinetry, or, if you are feeling tentative, try an accent dark hue- a splash of navy on an island or cooker hood brings an unmistakable appeal.

Use funky floor tiles  

Although classic metro tiles remain a popular choice in the kitchen, patterned designs can be a stylish and eye-catching addition. They can also give your kitchen a theme, for example, a distressed style will add to a vintage, aged look, whilst a herringbone design works well with a retro scheme. We recommend using patterned tiles where the kitchen is part of an open-plan living area, to create a zoned space. 

Install a spiral wine cellar

If you are a wine buff struggling to find space for your growing vintage collection, it is time to invest in the ultimate dinner party showpiece: a spiral cellar. They are practical, quirky and sure to impress guests.  


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