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Total transformation

If your kitchen is looking a bit tired, you don't have to spend a fortune to give it a fresh new look. All it takes is a little time, effort and creativity to pep up the heart of your home.

If your cupboards are a bit dated, in terms of style and or colour, why not consider just replacing the doors if the framework is still in good shape? There are a host of companies that specialise in providing replacement doors.

Alternatively, simply give your cabinetry a quick refresh with a few coats of paint. Both of these ideas are a lot cheaper and less hassle than replacing the entire kitchen. Paint in general is easiest and least expensive way to transform a kitchen. Look for a rich, yet calming shade that allow you to relax in your space.

Try to avoid anything that's too extreme, as there's already a lot of activity going on in the kitchen and you don't want it to seem even busier. And always opt for a high-quality paint to ensure a durable finish. Finishing touches such as artwork, soft furnishings and shelving displays make open-plan schemes warm and inviting, and they are easy to replace and update seasonally or whenever you fancy a new look.

Vintage cookware adds charm to classic and country kitchens - antiques shops, charity shops and eBay are great sources. Affordable pieces such as a vintage dresser with glass doors, or budget kitchen furniture can be used to store and show off your favourite china.

There's so much you can do with a little imagination - here are some more clever ideas to transform your scheme.

Paint your cabinets
Painting your kitchen cabinets is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to create a new look. With a cream background, it's easy to give your kitchen a fresh feel by choosing from the latest colours available.

Dulux's Blue Reflection in Kitchen Plus, from £16.29 for 1 litre, is ideal for a simple kitchen cabinetry.

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