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Transform your kitchen units

The kitchen is the hub of the home, it is the space where we congregate to cook, eat, and  chat.  More and more households are extending the kitchen into the living area to create open bright communal space.  The kitchen fit-out is an expensive undertaking when building or buying a home and will not be changed often throughout our lives.  

Many old wooden kitchens, particularly oak, were manufactured to a very high specification and remain in good condition but wood darkens with age and so many kitchens are dark due to the walls of wooden units.  Naturally we all tire of looking at the same kitchen for years but it can be hard to justify replacing structurally good units so I encourage you to think about painting these. I must emphasis this is a job for the professionals as preparation is vital when undertaking this task, as is knowledge of products such as cleaners, primers, undercoats and final coat. 

Dulux Satinwood is a hard wearing product for the final coat and can be mixed in any shade from the colour fan. Picking a colour can be a daunting task and I advise you get professional help before starting the project.  Always buy samples and paint them on to sample cards to ensure you are happy with the shade selected before commencing with the project. 

Take stock of your kitchen, can you use more than one colour to highlight areas of your units?   Dressers and island units can be used to compliment the main units. Don’t settle for the mundane, experiment with alternative colours. 

Duck egg and cream can be a wonderful combination for traditional kitchens with low levels of natural light.  This is bright and cheerful and works really well with wood finish countertops. 

Dusky blues and greys are very popular and can set the tone for a sleek modern look, particularly with traditional kitchen units as these colours highlight the architectural detail.

If the deep colour on the wall units is too adventurous for your taste think of adding a deeper complimentary colour on the island unit or a freestanding dresser while keeping the main units in a light tone. 

The crispness of white on kitchen units can never be under estimated.  This classic look will never date while it gives you a blank canvas for the choice of flooring, wall colours and accessories. 

Perhaps you are buying a house and have a very limited budget for redecorating or upgrading the kitchen at present.  Paint the existing units taking time to fix any loose hinges and replace the handles. New lighting and flooring complete the look without a huge outlay of your budget. If you are selling this could make your house more attractive to potential buyers. Small dark kitchens are transformed by painting the units and changing the worktops to lighter tones making it look more spacious, modern and welcoming. 

See additional advice on painting kitchen units at Dulux HERE 



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