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Improving Your Kitchen Without Renovating

February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 149

The kitchen is the heart of your home, and a room you should take pride in and keep up to date, not only so you can cook, eat and socialise in a special area but also to increase the price the property should you choose to move one day. The kitchen is the first room potential buyers will look at, and if it's up-to-date and looks good, buyers won't have to worry about splashing out on any renovations.

If your kitchen is fairly up-to-date with appliances and furniture but you want to spruce it up, there are plenty of ways you can modernise your kitchen without a full renovation. Take a look below at some of our lighting tips to help give your kitchen a new lease of life.

Change the lighting

The lighting can really change the overall look of a room so why not speak to a lighting specialist to give you guidance on the best type of lighting for your kitchen? You'd be surprised how lighting can give the illusion of more space in your kitchen and create just the right ambiance for different tasks in the kitchen.

The first step is to make sure your kitchen is getting as much natural light as possible - natural light makes a room appear larger and gives it a light and airy feel. Keep your windows uncluttered so you're letting in as much natural daylight as possible.

You should then think about practical lighting - for example, over the cooker and over food preparation areas so you have enough light to perform all of your usual tasks with ease. You should also consider feature lighting (if you have the budget for it) - feature lighting is aesthetically pleasing rather than practical, although it can create different tones to the kitchen, which can give the illusion of more space. It would be worth speaking to a lighting specialist if you want to implement feature lighting. You could add feature lighting to your cabinets or a focal area of your kitchen to give it more emphasis - for example, add feature lighting to a breakfast bar to make it stand out and show it off. Pedant lighting always gives a grand impression, think hanging lighting over the dining table to make your kitchen look luxurious.

Lighting is a brilliant way of transforming a room without fully renovating it - and it doesn't have to cost the world. Some lighting fixtures can be pricey but you can also find cheaper, low budget budget, which still looks fantastic - it all depends on the budget you have.

You should consider using low energy light bulbs for your kitchen as you will be conserving energy to help the environment and also saving yourself money on energy bills, which as you probably know have gone through the roof recently.

It's easy to give your kitchen a bit of sparkle without fully renovating but if you do choose to renovate or remodel, make sure you plan thoroughly to avoid any costly mistakes at a later date. Try using kitchen design software to plan your room to its exact dimensions so you can be confident your kitchen will look exactly as planned. You can also use home design software for planning any other rooms in your home.

Clair O'Hara is writing on behalf of Nexus Design Software, specialists in kitchen design software and home design software.

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