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The kitchen is the most valuable room in the house when it comes to selling, as home buyers are always on the look-out for attractive kitchens. It’s also important to have a kitchen that you’re happy with when you’re living there as it’s a room that you will spend a lot of time in!

We don’t all have a ton of spare cash lying around to invest in the kitchen of our dreams – but it is fairly simple to make some cheap and cheerful updates that will make a surprisingly big difference!

We’ve put together our top tips for those of you who are on a smaller budget, on updating your kitchen to give it a newer, more modern feel.

Fancy light fixtures

Installing some pendant lights or other eye-catching light fixtures will add an interesting feature, and can completely transform the room. If you buy colourful lamp shades, you can match them with small cheap objects such as salt and pepper grinders, a washing up rack, or small appliances such as the toaster or kettle, to create a clean and modern colour scheme.

Paint kitchen cabinets

Instead of buying new cabinets, which can be pricey, you can give your current ones a lick of paint! Use colours to liven up the room, or go with more toned-down or monochrome colours for a classier feel.

Replace cabinet doors and handles

For any cabinets that contain glasses or nice tableware, you could replace the doors with some glass doors, or simply have no doors at all! Having matching modern handles on all cabinets can also make a huge difference, and can be as cheap as a few quid.

Get a rug

Many people invest in having lovely rugs for their bedrooms and lounge, but don’t consider getting one for the kitchen. A small rug in front of the sink, for example, can add a nice, homey touch to the room (and will incorporate a bit of comfort into doing the washing up)!

Install some splashback

Installing a tile splashback is a cheap way to update your kitchen – it’s perfect because you only need to pay for a small number of tiles, dependant on the size of your kitchen, and they come in so many different colours and varieties, it’s a great way to personalise your kitchen too. It’ll also protect the walls from spillages and spitting pans, which is never a bad thing!

Replace worktops

This can be less expensive than you would think. If you look at cost-effective options, such as laminate worktops, you can give your kitchen a whole new feel at a relatively low cost.

Get organised

Set aside a few hours to properly sort through your kitchen. Get rid of any junk that you don’t use and make optimal use of your cupboard space. Make sure that the sides don’t have any unnecessary clutter on them and you will be surprised at home different your kitchen can look!