Modern Kitchen Ideas – 7 Simple Updates for Your Home

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, so you deserve to create an amazing space for your family to enjoy. However, it’s not always easy to come up with modern kitchen ideas that won’t break the bank.

Don’t worry, whatever your budget, we have plenty of modern kitchen ideas for you! All of our ideas combine function and practicality with beautiful design features. So, if you need some home makeover inspiration, keep reading. Our easy kitchen updates will transform your kitchen in no time.

Blackboard paint shopping list in a kitchen

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1. Create a Feature Wall with Chalkboard Paint

Adding blackboard paint to a feature wall in your kitchen is such an easy way to update your kitchen. Not only does it look really cool, it can also be used for practical purposes. You’ll never forget to buy milk again if you can write your shopping list on your kitchen wall!

Make sure that you choose a high-quality chalkboard paint to work with. Chalkboard paint tends to be oil based, so make sure you ventilate your kitchen properly before you start painting. Open as many doors and windows as you can. Wipe down the wall that you wish to paint. Make sure that it is clean and smooth. You may need to sand it down.

Always make sure that you apply a coat of primer before you start using chalkboard paint. You will need to allow this to dry completely before you continue painting. For the best results, make sure that you use two coats of chalkboard paint. You should leave at least 24 hours between coats to make sure that it dries properly.

It’s easy to paint with chalkboard paint, just make sure that you initially paint against the grain to cover a wide area quickly. Immediately after, you should apply more paint. This time, paint alongside the grain. This method will give you good coverage and a smooth finish.

Once you have completely covered the surface, you will once again need to wait for the wall to totally dry. To be on the safe side, wait at least two to three days before you start to write on the surface. Otherwise, you could smear the paint. You can use any kind of chalk on chalkboard paint. To remove your writing, simply use a damp sponge or a cloth.

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2. Invest in Modern Kitchen Splashbacks

Splashbacks are a part of your kitchen where you can really get creative. Bright colours and bold patterns can look fantastic here. But, what exactly is a splashback? Essentially, a splashback is just a protective surface, that prevents grease, water, and food from staining your kitchen wall. They can usually be found behind hobs and sinks.

Despite their functional purpose, kitchen splashbacks can be incredibly stylish. The best bit is that updating them is cheap and easy to do. If you are on a tight budget, you might want to avoid investing in a stainless steel, glass, or granite splashbacks. Cheaper choices such as acrylic or tiles can work just as well as the more expensive options.

Adding colour to your kitchen is an easy way to update and refresh the space. Choosing a bright splashback is a great idea if you want to incorporate more colour into your kitchen. If you have a particular accent colour that you have incorporated into the rest of your kitchen, you should definitely include this colour in your splashback design.

In order to create a more modern kitchen, you can’t go wrong by choosing a light blue or bright green splashback. If you are working to update a small kitchen, you should avoid opting for a dark splashback. Darker colours can make your kitchen appear smaller.

If you go down the tile route, why not hire a tiler to help you? They can advise you on the best materials to use and they will be able to significantly speed up the installation process.


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3. Get Organised with a DIY Pegboard

Reducing mess and clutter is essential if you want to create a cool, modern kitchen. Thankfully, there is a really easy way to sort out your kitchen. Dark drawers can hide all of your essential cooking utensils. So, why not consider making them a decorative feature by hanging them on a pegboard instead?

Creating a cool pegboard like the one above is surprisingly simple. First of all, decide what kind of material you want your pegboard to be made out of. Wooden pegboards are great if you want a warm, homely feeling. They can also easily be painted, so you can customise them depending on the colour scheme in your kitchen. Or, you could choose a metal pegboard if you are looking for a more utilitarian feel in your kitchen. Metal pegboards are great because they can be easily wiped down.

Once you have chosen your pegboard, you can make it as simple or as outlandish as you like. Small metal hooks can easily be inserted to hold many common kitchen utensils, like knives, spatulas, and spoons. For more substantial items, you might want to consider adding small shelves to your pegboard. You can buy small wooden shelves that are specifically designed for pegboards here.

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4. Embrace Open Shelving

Open shelves may seem like a risk. Some people fear that exposing their bowls, cups, and mugs may look crowded and cluttered. However, if it’s done right, exposed shelving can transform a kitchen. It creates a sense of openness. They are especially useful if you have a narrow or cramped kitchen.

It’s very easy to upcycle your old kitchen cupboard and turn them into open shelves. Firstly, use a screwdriver to remove the doors. Once you have removed the doors, you’ll get a better understanding of what the wood is like underneath. The doors are likely to have left holes behind, so make sure you fill them in.

For the best results, you should thoroughly sand down the whole cabinet. If you are working with old cupboards, you might need to repaint them. Prime the wood first, then apply at least two coats. Just like your splashback, shelves and cupboards can be repainted to fit your new colour scheme.

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5. Upgrade Your Drying Rack

Your kitchen can incorporate practical features without compromising on style. Even the most mundane parts of your kitchen can be given a stylish revamp. The best modern kitchen ideas incorporate functionality and good design.

Dry racks may seem dull, but they’re a prime example of a feature that can benefit from innovation. Even in the most beautiful kitchens, clutter can be a real problem. Standard drying racks take up a lot of valuable counter space. So, elevating your drying dishes away from your countertops is a great idea. Suspended drying racks are a particularly good idea if you need to free up space in a small kitchen.

The wooden suspended drying rack above is a cheap and relatively simple D.I.Y. job. It assembles like a normal shelf would. You just need to securely drill the wood to either side of your cupboards. Also, make sure that you carefully cut the holes in the wood so that they fit your plates.

If you are unsure about where you should start with assembling your suspended drying rack, hiring a local carpenter could be helpful. A local carpenter will be able to access what kind of wood you should use, and ensure that the structure fits perfectly.

Copper sink

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6. Work with Copper and Rose Gold

Rose gold has been one of the biggest colour trends of the past few years. So, it’s unsurprising that rose gold has also become a key interior design trend. It’s easy to see why people love adding rose gold to their homes so much.

Many modern kitchen ideas focus on making your kitchen look futuristic by focusing on metal appliances and shiny gadgets. However, this can make your kitchen feel quite cold and uninviting. Adding rose gold accents to your kitchen allows you to keep the metallic look. However, the pink tone of rose gold also adds more warmth than silver does.

So, where should you use rose gold in your kitchen? Light fittings like the ones below can look stunning. They draw attention to the centre of your kitchen and they add warmth and light.

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If you want to a colour more muted than silver, but you’re also put off by the pinkness of rose gold, copper could be for you. Copper sinks are both practical and beautiful. Copper is a naturally antibacterial material, so it is definitely a hygienic and safe choice.

Of course, installing a copper sink is an expensive process. However, this shouldn’t necessarily put you off. In the long term, if you choose to sell your home, a copper kitchen sink is often seen as an attractive feature. So, you should see a copper kitchen sink as an investment piece.

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7. Illuminate Your Kitchen by Mixing up Your Lighting Styles

As with bathrooms, kitchens can sometimes suffer from poor lighting. Fluorescent strip lighting is all too common, and it can very quickly make your kitchen look dated. Of course, it’s important to consider safety features in the rooms that are exposed to water. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on style.

Properly lit kitchens often combine different types and styles of lighting. Different areas of your kitchen will require different types of lighting, even if you only have a small kitchen. Layering the types of light will give you the best results.

Small LED lights dotted around your ceiling will add warmth to your kitchen. Keep your lighting aligned with the edges of the room. Add lighting parallel to your cupboards and work surfaces. This will make sure that your whole kitchen is illuminated. These lights will also ensure that dark corners are eliminated.

If you have an open plan kitchen with a seating area, don’t forget to illuminate this part of your kitchen too. You can get more creative with your lighting choices in the dining area of your kitchen. Using hanging lamps and lampshades can make your kitchen look and feel more homely.

Further Reading

Thanks for reading our modern kitchen ideas guide. We hope that we have inspired you to update your kitchen without breaking the bank! To learn more about kitchen renovations, click on the links below.

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