The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house. It's where you go to make that all-important cuppa in the morning, you probably have chats about the day's events as you whip up a delicious dinner in the evening and when it comes to parties, the best conversations are usually to be found in the kitchen.
So whether you have just moved into a new abode where the kitchen needs some work, or you're tired of your current interior decor, why not make a plan to give the room some TLC? You don't even have to make it a big project - a few small things here and there can really make a big difference.
One of the fastest and most affordable ways to add life to any room in the house is to splash on a new coat of paint. Warm, subdued tones like yellow and red are popular choices. Or you could go for a neutral shade like brown, cream or beige. The beauty of using neutral tones is that you can then add splashes of seasonal hues - say with carefully chosen linen tea towels or a bouquet of fresh flowers.
A simple project that's sure to add a bit of sparkle is to replace ironmongery like door levers or the handles on cupboard doors. Or consider replacing the taps - opt for a design that matches your interior design scheme and be sure to select an item that incorporates water-saving technology like leak-free washers and an aerating spigot.
Changing the light fixtures can be another great way to freshen up the kitchen - especially if the current lighting is a bit boring. A group of spotlights mounted on a bar can add some lovely illumination to your space, or if you're looking for something a bit more decorative and playful, a sparkling chandelier might do just the trick.
Finally, don't forget the wall decor. Items like framed prints, mirrors, large clocks or maybe a vintage-style sign could add just the right finishing touch to the space.