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How to give your kitchen island a makeover

Many of us have are now spending more time at home than ever due to the pandemic and lockdown – and may have started to notice little things to tweak here and there. Google has seen an overall 27% increase in searching for ‘home renovations’ in the past year, and this trend is set to continue as we want to create a comfortable place to live.

The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, and one major central feature is the kitchen island. Whether you are planning to install one yourself, or just want to give an existing island a little makeover, here are some tips to get you started.

Planning space

Before you start, there are a few key things to consider when it comes to planning the size and layout of your island unit. It may be helpful to gather some design inspiration to help you decide on what style and aesthetic you want to achieve with your island. This could be from sources such as Pinterest, interior design magazines, or your favourite bloggers.

What kind of space do you have available for the island, and will the design you prefer fit in this space? It is important to note that you need a ‘clearance zone’ around the island which ideally is enough space for one person to move freely, prepare food and open cupboard doors. If you would like to add bar stools, then you need more room to accommodate this.

Design and decoration

There are many simple ways you can upgrade and modernise your kitchen island and have fun while doing so! If it is looking a bit tired and run-down, this can be fixed by sprucing up the three main focal points: the cabinets, countertops and hardware.

Cabinets – You’ll be surprised at what you can do to give your cabinets a new lease of life. Repainting or changing the finish and texture of the cabinets and island ‘walls’ can make it look contemporary. Consider adding different textures, such as a mirrored panel or wooden slats on the side. Add panelling for a traditional effect, or LED lighting for an ultra-modern feel.

Countertops – A quick way to renovate your kitchen countertops, particularly if you are on a budget, is by using a plastic wrap coating. These come in marble effect or any natural materials of your choice and can give your kitchen a new look.

Alternatively, if you have the budget, it is worth investing in good quality kitchen worktops that can transform and refresh your space. New countertops are made from hardwearing laminate finishes, stone, or composite mix, so you know they will last for years to come.

Hardware – Replacing stained or rusty hardware can make a world of difference. Opting for a different design or shape of cabinet handles is a great way to change the look of your kitchen. If your hardware is in good condition and you just want a change, you could try using liquid metal paint in brass or matt black, two trending finishes that won’t go out of style.