Imagine having a sleek, contemporary, and highly functional kitchen without having to replace all your appliances. When your current kitchen no longer aligns with your taste or requirements, renovating it for a modern and practical design makes perfect sense. Since such a project can entail a significant investment for you and your family, allow Raison Home to provide you with advice on optimising your existing space without straining your budget.

Reassessing Your Needs


There are numerous motivations for renovating your kitchen:


  • Limited space for manoeuvring
  • Inadequate storage, lack of electrical outlets, or outdated equipment
  • Wear and tear, stains, or damage
  • Cabinet doors sagging, shelves and drawers misshapen under heavy loads
  • Lifestyle changes
  • A newfound interest in culinary endeavours, homebrewing, or other hobbies requiring appliances and space


Before embarking on your project, it's crucial to delve into these factors. Often, reevaluating your kitchen's aesthetics presents an opportunity to reconfigure your room's layout.

So, what do you envision for your modern kitchen?


Do you require an expansive preparation area for batch cooking, a versatile kitchenette for reheating meals and breakfast, a bar, or a spacious teppan burner to dazzle your guests?


At this stage, everything remains open to exploration. If your culinary habits have evolved or your kitchen has become a hub for your children's activities, it's imperative that your new kitchen layout adapts to your lifestyle.


An excellent approach to prepare for your kitchen renovation project is to document everyday inconveniences. Dishwasher too low, an undersized fridge, or perhaps a tap obstructing the window—these are all issues to consider. Over a month, encourage everyone in your household to jot down their daily challenges on a piece of paper attached to the fridge door. This will help identify necessary repairs and adjustments for your renovated kitchen.

Inexpensive Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Refresh and Repaint the Walls in Contemporary Colors:

Kitchens endure spills, splatters, and the passage of time, making regular cleaning a must for any budget-conscious renovation. Cleaning your furniture, walls, and backsplashes is the first step in a cost-effective kitchen upgrade. This cleaning process enables you to distinguish between dirt and genuine damage. While inspecting every detail closely, you'll uncover potential scratches, burns, and blisters that may have developed on or behind your furniture and appliances over time. Repainting them in modern shades of your choice can rejuvenate your kitchen's appearance.




Replace and Revive Tile, Sink, and Backsplash Grout:

Over time, water damage can be prevented by repositioning and checking your dishwasher, changing your washing machine's filter, and regularly renewing seals. For a perfect seal, it's advisable to replace the silicone sink seal every 3 to 5 years, depending on water hardness. The joints between tiles or backsplash tiles tend to become discoloured over time. A cost-effective method to restore your modern kitchen's sparkle is to use a degreaser followed by a grout pen or silicone reviver to make your grout lines gleam again.




Repaint Cabinet Fronts:

A fresh coat of paint has the power to transform an outdated kitchen into a modern designer space. The current trend leans towards sleek and elegant handles. However, creativity knows no bounds. Some may appreciate the charm of sage green door handles, the fusion of oak and leather handles, or the subtlety of handles painted to match the furniture. For an upcycling approach, a touch of chrome paint can breathe new life into old handles.




Ambitious Kitchen Renovation


When your kitchen renovation exceeds a mere aesthetic facelift, extensive work becomes a necessity. Enlisting the expertise of a kitchen designer or interior designer offers a smart and practical approach, especially in compact or irregular spaces.


Open Up Your Kitchen:

To maximise space, consider removing partitions in your kitchen. An open kitchen offers numerous advantages, enhancing brightness, promoting sociability, and optimising space utilisation, particularly in a small or unconventional layout.


Integrate Electrical Outlets into Cabinetry:

A modern kitchen should be self-sufficient and equipped to handle your needs. Whether you're a culinary enthusiast or a fan of takeaway, your kitchen likely requires more electrical outlets than it did a decade or two ago. Strategically placed outlets in your worktop, central island, or within dedicated cabinets for appliances can be installed or revamped with the assistance of an electrician. Wall-mounted brackets for multiple sockets provide discreet and aesthetic solutions.


Illuminate Your Space:

Proper lighting is paramount in modern kitchen design. In contemporary kitchen inspiration, lighting sources abound, each tailored to specific areas. For visual comfort, a bright white light focused on the work surface is essential for safe cooking. Ceiling lights or pendant lights above the dining area set the tone for the kitchen, enhancing its aesthetics. Metal pendant lights, available in silver-grey, black, or brass to match your kitchen furniture handles, are currently in vogue. Additionally, a light strip under wall units can softly illuminate the backsplash and sink, creating a soothing ambiance.


Upgrade Your Countertop:

Kitchen countertops, subjected to constant use, can suffer burns, stains, and damage. If you frequently cook, you may desire a durable, stylish, and easy-to-maintain surface. You have three options:




  1. If you have a wooden countertop, sand it down, stain it, and protect it to restore its lustre.
  2. For aged but undamaged countertops, you can overlay them with alternative materials such as ultra-thin laminate sheets, flat tiles, or polished concrete to rejuvenate their appearance.
  3. If your countertop is extensively scratched, damaged, or beyond repair, replacement is the best course of action.





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