“Moving house is expensive, so we can’t afford the dream kitchen we’ve always wanted. How can we make the most of the kitchen we’ve got on a budget?”

According to our recent global survey, more than a third of movers agree that getting the kitchen done is key to making a new house feel like home.

But if your post-move budget won’t stretch to the kitchen of your dreams, our ICI Dulux colour expert Louise Tod has devised some affordable fixes for a designer-style scheme you don’t have to wait for.

Transform a bland white space into a cosy family hub with taupes, or liven it up with energising brights.

1) Paint the walls

Whether you’re having it done or doing it yourself, paint is an inexpensive way to stamp your personality on your new kitchen, with immediate results. Transform a bland white space into a cosy family hub with taupes to help unify the scheme, or liven it up with energising brights.

Which paints? 20YY 43/083 and 37YY 78/312

A coat of paint will instantly revive old kitchen cabinets.

2) Paint the cabinetry

A coat of paint will instantly revive old kitchen cabinets. Warm neutrals are a calming, versatile choice, while silvery greys will add a contemporary feel to your scheme.

Which paints? 45YY 74/073 and 50BG 38/011

A bright pop of colour inside cupboards is guaranteed to put a smile on your face whenever you reach inside.

3) Paint inside the cupboards

A bright pop of colour inside cupboards is guaranteed to put a smile on your face whenever you reach inside. Or better still, remove overhead cupboard doors to create open, colourful shelving for a cheerful feel.

If you’re nervous about choosing a bold colour for your walls, play with the woodwork instead

4) Paint window or door frames

If you’re nervous about choosing a bold colour for your walls, play with the woodwork instead. Invigorating deep blue hues will add a sophisticated feel to your scheme, and create the illusion of space if the walls a painted in a lighter shade.

Which paints? 30BB 08/263 and 90BG 08/075

Swapping out old drawer and cupboard handles is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give your new kitchen a designer-style boost on a budget

5) Replace cupboard handles

Swapping out old drawer and cupboard handles is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give your new kitchen a designer-style boost on a budget. For a timeless look, consider classic hardware such as brass or brushed nickel pulls. They’re a great way to add a touch of class and will complement just about any colour scheme.

Brightly coloured toasters, kettles or crockery will add interest and depth to your kitchen scheme

6) Paint a blackboard

Painting a small area with blackboard paint will transform your walls into a stylish space for essential shopping lists - plus the kids will love drawing on it! Alternatively, try adding a bold blackboard stripe down one wall to inject a sense of drama.

Which paints? 50GG 18/353 and 70YR 19/432

Painting a small area with blackboard paint will transform your walls into a stylish space for essential shopping lists - plus the kids will love drawing on it!

7) Choose brightly coloured accessories

Complete your kitchen transformation with some fun accessories. Brightly coloured toasters and kettles are easy to find, while displaying colourful crockery will add interest and depth to your scheme.

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