If we were being strict about the calendar, summer is actually already with us, in fact, the solstice has passed and the days are getting shorter! That said, the school holidays are still here and we’ve still got a lot of fun times ahead of us. There’s even time to still do a barbecue. So, kitchen designers Stone and Chrome invite you to have a look at how we can prepare for the “summer fun” if not the peak summer weather.
Ready for Summer: Cool and Fancy Fridges
When was the last time that you updated your fridge? Modern fridges are amazing. There are so many different styles to choose from, and there are plenty of appealing colours as well. There’s no need to stick to boring old white any more.
Whatever style you want to have in your kitchen, modern, rustic, high tech or understated, there is something that will suit you. Be sure to pick up a fridge with a built-in ice machine, especially if you have kids in the household, since they will love having access to it for nice cold drinks throughout the day. Having ice on demand is a luxury they will get used to quite quickly! It’s so much nicer than having to mess with an ice tray or finding that the last person to make drinks forgot to refill it!
Brighten Up Your Kitchen for a Year-Round Summer
Brightening up your kitchen space is a good choice if you want to make it feel like it is summertime all year round. Introduce more light to make the space that little bit nicer, or choose a design with crisp, sleek lines that will make it seem as if the kitchen is roomier, and will draw your eye to the window as a focal point. Let natural light flood in for a fresh and relaxing environment.
You can even go one step further and use a herb garden on the windowsill to bring the light from the outside in. Grow mint, basil, and thyme so that you can have a nice tasty addition to your summer meals, and have dried herbs year-round too. These herbs are quick and easy to grow and don’t take up a lot of space either.
Light Colours Make a Big Difference
If you can’t afford to replace the whole kitchen, then you can still make a huge change to the atmosphere of the room with some low-cost changes. Use colourful dinnerware and storage containers. Lay out bright floral table mats and coasters, or change your blinds for something bright and refreshing.
Any light and bright decorations can make a huge difference, and you can get a lot out of just making small changes to the room. Use downlights under your cabinets, put lamps in dark corners and use candles on the kitchen table.
Revamp Your Kitchen Cabinets
If your budget allows then replacing your cabinets and countertops can be a good option. Bright and summery colours can work well here, but not everyone likes the over-the-top look. If you prefer something that is a little more understated, then white is a nice choice, and it is timeless and will always look great, even if it means you need to be very attentive about cleaning. Of course, it’s the kitchen, so you will need to clean diligently anyway!
White gloss acrylic is a good choice for your kitchen units and is one of the ‘basics’ in the world of kitchen renovations. Gloss white cabinet fronts look timeless, and they make the kitchen feel bigger too thanks to the way they reflect the light. If you do decide to add more colour elsewhere, they will serve as a nice contrast too.
Spring Clean Even in the Summer
Don’t underestimate the benefits of doing a quick spring clean. Just rotating your crockery for something ‘fresh’, cleaning your appliances and throwing out the clutter will make a difference to the room. If you’re planning on entertaining over the summer, then take a look at some guides such as The Great British Summer – this collection of barbecue ideas has a lot to offer. It will give you lots of nice recipes and ideas that will help you to plan a great get-together.
Whatever time and resources you have to spare, there’s a lot you can do to make your kitchen a nicer room for this summer.