Head of Design Services at The Designory, Margo Reed, has a special passion for creating Kitchens for her clients – and she is a master!  Here we asked her to share her wisdom for how to revamp your Kitchen WITHOUT the major renovation …

A new kitchen is often at the top of the list for most people’s dream renovation however due to factors such as budgets or renting its something not everyone can achieve. But we’ve got a solution for you! If your kitchen is in need of a spruce up and you want to achieve something fabulous without the time and money involved here’s our top five tips and tricks to help.


1. Hardware

Something as simple as changing the existing handles can instantly modernise or add interest to your overall look. Think sleek chrome for a minimal, modern style or decorative brass to add that touch of traditional. These can easily be added and removed when you leave if renting! We particularly love these handmade leather beauties from MadeMeasure  (image above)




2. Bench-tops / Splash-backs –

Replacing the bench top or splash back. We know it sounds like a messy one but trust us it will have the most impact. Those 70’s style tiles and laminate bench tops can be easily removed and replaced with marble or composite stone for a fresh, and higher end look and feel. There’s even a stone veneer that can be laid over your existing bench-top – check out Granite Transformations




3. Lighting

Replacing or adding feature lights and pendants – this is an excellent way to add interest and change the feel of the space, and again it can be taken with you when you go if you’re renting. As kitchens are generally harsh areas full of fixed joinery and hard surfaces we love adding soft natural basket lights which create warmth and softness to the room.




4. Tap-ware

Call your plumber and replace your tap-ware for an instant kitchen face-lift. We love the industrial style hoses or opt for a modern matt black or brass finish. We adore this tap. 




5. De-clutter

This ones the most simple and inexpensive of them all. Give your kitchen a good clean and keep the space fresh with a bowl of fruit or vase of greenery. Stack some cookbooks and style your favourite ceramics on your open shelves. It’s as simple as that!