One of the things I love most about having my own flat is actually the kitchen despite the fact that I don’t spend anywhere near as much time in here as I’d like to. When you’re living at home or sharing with other people usually your bedroom is where you want to spend the most amount of money doing up/ buying accessories for as it’s the only space which is truly yours. That’s one of the things I love most about living by myself, I can pretty much (money permitting) do anything I want with the space’s I have and I don’t have to discuss it with anyone other than my dad who’s likely to be doing the work. I am quite fortunate that I have an open plan living and kitchen area which means even if I am not cooking I can always see how my kitchen looks. It also means I can have quality solid dining tables in the same room as my living area meaning on the rare occasions when I entertain everyone is in a communal space.
Here are some of the ways to put your own stamp on your kitchen.
Add or change lighting
For me a kitchen should always be pretty light, especially when you’re cooking so a quick way to change up your kitxhen is to change the lighting you have. Fortunately, my kitchen has pretty great lighting with spotlights in the ceiling along with spot lights under all the cabinets but you can change up wall lights easily, and cheaply and you’ll be surprised how much of a difference it can make to your space, especially if you’re a fan of taking photos of your food before eating it, I’m usually too hungry for that.
Change your worktops
I am pretty sure that the worktops used within my flat are the cheapest of the cheap so I’d love to change my worktops in the future. While a marble look is the bloggers dream I don’t think it would be overly practical so I’d love solid walnut worktops as I think they’d add a good colour contrast between the light walls and exterior of my flat and darker worktops. Worktops can be a big investment but they’re something you’re only likely to change once and will last the duration of the time you’re in your property.
Make the most of your cupboard space
It doesn’t matter how many cupboards I have it will never be enough so utilizing the space you have is essential. You can opt for cutlery dividers so you’re never hunting around for that sole knife in a drawer of forks, you can add over shelf hanging drawers to store things like tea towels and oven gloves or buy some metal storage tins to separate out food packets and keep them looking neat and tidy.
Add a tiled background
One of the first things I did in my kitchen was to get some tiles added behind my workspace as I wanted a pop of colour in an otherwise white room, I’m talking walls and the doors on all my cupboards and appliances. Not only can tiles add a splash of colour but they also act as a nice protector when you’re cooking and cleaning. I have a larger row of them behind my sink where there are no cupboards above and it works as a splash back. This is definitely one of the best investments I have made in my whole flat since moving in.
Cover and use the space above your hob
During the first year being in my flat my brand new hob got a little damaged due to it not being cleaned between uses’ when my flatmate was there and sadly it’s been very hard to do anything about. I have hob covers on my electric rings which make them look a bit smarter and I also have a stand to put over my hob which gives me more workspace.
*This post is in collaboration with Worktop Express but all thoughts and opinions are my own