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How to update your kitchen without a reno

When it comes to kitchens, years of use and outdated trends can leave them looking a little worn and worse for wear over time. The good news is, it doesn't take all that much to give it a bit of TLC and a well-deserved spruce up. We take you through some of the simple ways you can update your kitchen without having to spring for a reno.

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Swap out hardware

The cabinet hardware and kitchen taps are quick and easy to update and instantly lift the room. Think of these things as jewellery for your space; let them shine and create visual interest, giving the impression that you've installed whole new cupboards or a sink. They're also a quick fix to keep up with trends, you can swap between brushed gold metal handles or sleek silver tapware as you see fit. 

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Paint the walls or cupboard doors 

Most of the time, walls and cupboards become dull simply because of food stains or steam and a fresh coat of paint is sometimes all you need to have them gleaming again. A classic white will brighten everything else in the room up, or, be bold and paint them a vibrant or eclectic colour that'll be sure to have your guests saying 'wow' when they walk in. 

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Add pendant lights

Downlights are a common installation in older kitchens. They're practical and cover a lot of ground, but they tend to leave the top half of the room feeling bare and bland. Consider adding in some pendant lights that draw the eye up and create your desired feeling. For example, rattan and wicker pendants work seamlessly in a coastal or resort style area, whereas a contemporary metal and glass pendant will suit a modern kitchen effortlessly. 

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Make more counter space with a kitchen trolley 

There's nothing worse than running out of bench space when you're cooking and often small-space kitchens only have limited built-in surfaces. Instead of getting the contractors in, grab a kitchen island or chopping block that can be easily wheeled away once you're finished with it. They not only up your surface area but often have storage options like a wine rack, shelving or cupboards.
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Invest in statement appliances for the counter

While your old kettle may be 'fine' and the toaster probably needs the lever held down 'but it still works', updating to appliances that are going to stand the test of time really makes a difference. They'll not only give your kitchen a little shiny face-lift, you can rest easy knowing you won't have to replace them in another 6 months.

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Create more storage with a display cabinet, open shelving or a sideboard

If your cupboards are overflowing, sometimes the easiest and most beautiful option is to create a separate storage section outside of the kitchen cabinets. Use a sideboard, open wall shelving or display cabinet to house your glassware, plates and bowls or tea towels and table linens, always within easy reach but far enough so they don't clutter the space. You can even use it to extend your pantry, artistically arranging cans and jars of preserves as well as freshly baked goods.

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Update your counter stools if you have a kitchen counter

After a few years of wear and tear, counter stools can start to look a bit banged up with dinged legs, scuff marks or stains. Swap them out for a new set to refresh your space and create a new atmosphere.

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Display stylish canisters

Giving your kitchen an update can be as simple as decanting your regularly used ingredients, like sugar and salt, into easy to reach, matching jars or canisters (just remember to label them, there's nothing worse than salt in your tea!). Line them up next to the stovetop or kettle for a cohesive, clean look. 

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Add beautiful artwork and a vase of fresh flowers

The final details like a freshly cut bouquet (or even a faux plant) in a gorgeous vase and a new artwork can really transform a space. They're easily changeable if your taste shifts and can really bring a room together when colours and shapes are considered for either a contrasting or complementary look.

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