Everybody knows that the kitchen is the heart of every home – a place to enjoy cooking, eating with the family, entertaining with friends and indulging in mid-morning coffees at the weekend. For this reason, it is important that you should make an extra effort to ensure that your kitchen receives a frequent amount of love and affection so that it remains a sociable and welcoming hub.

A family enjoying cooking in the kitchen

Here we share a few kitchen ideas for those looking to update their space both easily and affordably in time for Summer.

Play around with colour

Who says that kitchens have be to wooden, white or grey? Even though these are the most popular colour choices for modern kitchens nowadays, many people are starting to favour a pop of colour to really bring their space to life. If you have an integrated kitchen with wooden doors, then you even have the option of painting the doors a different colour for every season if you wish!

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Buttercup Yellow and Green Flash are two of the most ‘in-trend’ colours for Summer 2016, and many designers and high street brands are favouring these in the collections for both clothing and interiors. If you are a bit nervous to go all-out in a block colour in your kitchen, then you could always opt to paint a specific area, i.e. the middle island, a bold colour, but you must ensure that it is a complimentary tone to the remainder of your kitchen so that it doesn’t look out of place.

Consider a new type of flooring

Another way to give your kitchen a totally new look with minimal cost is to re-lay the flooring with either vinyl or laminate. Vinyl flooring has many benefits and is perfect for a high foot-fall area such as the kitchen. It is easy to clean and straightforward to install and it is also very affordable – offering you realistic looking flooring that replicates stone tiles or mosaic without the big expense.

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Vinyl is also water-resistant so it will withstand splashes and spills that are bound to occur. Laminate flooring is also a very versatile option and again very convenient to install, clean and maintain. You can now buy laminate to mimic all kinds of wood finishes such as oak, walnut, maple, hickory, chestnut and almond, so your choices are vast.

Experiment with the finishing touches

Even the smallest changes can make a big difference to your kitchen. Simply by replacing your door knobs with new ones, you can add an instant freshness that everyone will notice. There are many fantastic door knobs to choose from so why not go bold with some bright coloured shapes, ultra-contemporary with stainless steel square blocks or glamorous with cut glass balls?

You can also experiment with colour by introducing some brights in the form of vases, candles or kitchen accessories such as kettles, toasters or biscuit jars to give that Summer refresh that you are craving. Patterned tea towels and oven gloves hung on doors can also add a final touch of personality so make sure you find something fun that will create a talking point for visitors to your kitchen.

Visit your nearest store using our store locator and pick out the the best flooring to add a little love to your home.