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There is no disputing the kitchen is the heart of the home and this is especially true come the holidays when friends and family gather. The action at any party is always in the kitchen and when so much of our socialising focuses around food, the hub of the home really comes into its own when the festive season approaches.

So, with that in mind, it’s time to give your kitchen some TLC and get it ready for its big debut come December. And with some quick fixes and small tweaks your kitchen can go from cosy to coveted in no time.

MIX IT UP
What’s exciting about kitchens at the moment is that they are not all matchy-matchy. Gone are the days when one style of unit, worktop, tiles and wall colour dominated – it’s now about mixing up textures, colours and styles. This is great news for anyone who wants to revamp or re-invigorate a tired kitchen and is short on time or funds.

WORK IT OUT
With the penchant for mixing it up in the kitchen, renewing your worktop suddenly doesn’t seem such a huge affair. A new worktop can take your units to another level and if you feel your kitchen needs a dramatic facelift, it’s an option well worth considering. You could give your island a new worktop or install marble, Corian or quartz around your cooker; worktops now can be a combination of different textures such as wood and quartz, offering practicality and style.

PAINT IT BLACK
It’s all about colour in interiors at the moment with dusty pinks, blues and greens seeping across the home. Black, however, is making a comeback. If going dark feels too much, start small with a piece of furniture.

Coloured appliances are coming to the fore with stainless steel taking a bit of a backseat in the latest kitchen designs. Now may well be the time to upgrade that fridge or dishwasher – as they’ve just got a whole lot more interesting. Similarly, sinks and taps in black will give your kitchen a new edge.

DIFFERENT STROKES
Painting is the quickest way to give any room a refresh, so get the brush out and get busy. Often it may not be your kitchen units but the walls that need a spruce up, so consider a feature wall or a bolder colour that contrasts with your cabinetry to add some drama. Navy blue is everywhere at the moment but if that’s too dark there are plenty of hues that will ensure you’re kitchen cool.

Painting a piece of furniture may seem like a quick fix but repainting your cabinetry does require attention to detail to ensure a good finish – so, if you are planning to go the whole hog it may be worth employing a professional. Alternatively, consider painting the island in a vibrant colour or one bank of units; lower and upper cabinetry in contrasting colours can look amazing.

CAN YOU HANDLE IT?
While sleek cabinetry has been popular for a while, handles are now seeing a resurgence. Metallics such as rose gold and copper really warm up the kitchen. Similarly, fixtures and fittings such as light switches and taps are all getting the gold treatment, so elevate the practical to the statement by swapping your run of the mill tap for a coloured metal.

WALK THIS WAY
If your kitchen is large, revamping the flooring may prove to be a big undertaking, but for smaller spaces a new surface can make all the difference. However, it’s unlikely to be a quick job and it may be worth calling in the professionals. For an instant upgrade consider a non- slip rug around your dining area to brighten things up.

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS…
From new chopping boards to bar stools – little touches can create a fresh look for the kitchen. Introduce a shot of luxury with some upholstered bar stools or a pop of colour with some natural wood seats with legs in a bright hue.

Don’t forget the string of lights, candles, some greenery – and, of course, a full fridge and bar – and your kitchen will be all set.

SHINE ON
Now is a good time to review your lighting. Kitchen lighting has to work on several levels from task to dining and it’s important you get the layering right. Concealed LED strip lighting under cabinetry and worktops can help change the atmosphere in your kitchen at the flick of a switch and is easy to install.

Lighting is also a great way to ensure a focal point – away from the cooker. Think Hygge and the idea of warm pools of light to gather around and share food as the nights draw in. It can also create some drama with a statement piece above your island that’s a perfect draw during a party. Incorporate the trend for marble with a gorgeous glass pendant or go dramatic with a classic or seventies-inspired chandelier.

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