Sometimes all you need is a lick of paint to freshen up your house for sale. But in other instances, investing in a serious overhaul will translate to serious money come sale-day.


The kitchen is the heart of the home. The space friends and family gather to chat and laugh over tummy-warming goodies made with love. The importance of this space lends itself to showcasing your design flair, and we have come up with easy ways to update your kitchen for 2018.



Tired cabinet doors make your whole kitchen feel drab. Replace the old with new sleek and bright doors in a modern style, or for a budget-friendly option have your existing doors repainted. As cabinets are such a large canvas in a kitchen space, this simple task can transform your room from drab to fab!

Furthermore, change out old cabinet handles for modern pulls of sleek black metal or textured leather straps.
Another cabinet design idea to consider- open shelving as a contemporary alternative to closed cupboards. Why not show off your pretty pictures, colourful bowls, glamorous glassware and mix of cookbooks to add interest to your walls?


Countertops are an important visual feature in your kitchen and the look and feel can instantly add luxury and style to your space. From high end marble, all the way through to a laminate, ensure the material you choose is good quality and durable. It is also safest to go with a neutral countertop colour, as you don’t want to be updating this regularly.

A quick countertop fix that is both stylish and functional is to cover the space with an oversized cutting board or slab of marble. This idea works especially well if you like your countertops, but need to hide an area that has been damaged.


Lighting dates, but luckily for consumers there are beautiful and inexpensive lighting options aplenty. Glass pendant lights look classy without demanding your eye, or alternatively one large pendant light can double as a work of art. An impressive idea is under-cabinet lighting, to add some drama to your kitchen space with soft lighting.


Gorgeous tiles cleverly laid to create pretty patterns are dominating as the splash back of choice in the kitchen design market. Think Moroccan inspired tiles in hues of soft blue, as well as 3D tiles with a little sparkle. Another popular choice, which works well to bring light into the kitchen space is utilising a window as a splash back with an outlook to greenery.


If you don’t want to take on the task of renovating any of your fixtures, then turn your attention to your loose finishes. Having fun with the colour and style of your appliances will give your space an instant pick-me-up. Go bold with a bright pink fridge, red toaster and kettle or yellow knife set.


Not game enough to paint your whole kitchen? A safer option is to create an accent wall. Navy is a popular choice, to compliment the metals, woods and neutral tiles already in your home. An interesting, playful and useful wall can be created using blackboard paint- write your grocery list as well as a reminder of whose turn it is to do the dishes.


Beautiful materials on your floor completely change the look and feel of your home. Hardwood floors in light shades and textured tiles are current trends making a big style impact. For a budget-friendly flooring update, consider adding rugs to your kitchen space; not only will this make your workstations more comfortable on your feet, but they will hide old flooring and inject life into the space.


Open plan kitchen/dining/living is all the rage. It is great to interact across multiple zones, but why not show some design flair and break up the space. Think open-shelf storage, a double-sided fireplace, a thin wall of planted greenery or a stunning etched glass wall.



Photos: Properties sold by Harris Real Estate





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