There’s no better time of year than spring to refresh your kitchen with a bit of TLC, some on-trend furniture and decor updates and clever storage solutions. Here are our top 5 tips for a kitchen that feels clean and full of life for the warmer months ahead – don’t forget to Shop our kitchen refresh sale for everything you need.
1 – Clean slate
The very first step in any kitchen refresh is a thorough deep clean. It’s not the most glamorous job, but cleaning those out-of-the-way spaces (like behind the fridge, inside the microwave and oven and around windows) and giving benchtops, sinks and floors a good scrub will immediately make your space feel fresh.
Now your space is sparkling, spend some time banishing bench top items and relocating kitchen essentials so they’re easily accessible. We love organisational guru Peter Walsh’s cardboard box test. You can use this method for any space, but the utensil drawer is a great start. Empty the contents into a cardboard box. Each time you use an item, put it back in the drawer. Whatever you haven’t used in a month – you don’t need! Send it off to charity.
2 – Perfect pantry
A pantry clear-out is the second step to achieving a functional kitchen for spring. There’s no quick fix, so pull everything out and give the inside of your pantry a good scrub. Now sort the contents into three categories – items to go back into the pantry, foods to throw out and food to be re-homed in fresh new containers.
Now for the fun part, invest in some new food storage solutions like these BPA free containers and give your food staples a new home. Containers like these are perfect for a couple of reasons; they are clear so it’s really easy to see what you have on hand, the rubber seal on the lids helps keep food fresh for longer and they are stackable – perfect when storing multiple containers. There’s nothing that can match that clean pantry feeling!
3 – Go green
Nothing will help bring that spring feeling into your space like indoor plants. Having plants indoors has so many benefits – they help filter and purify the air, reduce stress and look beautiful to boot – so adding some greenery to your kitchen is a quick and easy way to bring positive vibes to the space.
If you’ve never been parent to a plant before don’t despair, there are plenty of faux options available that require zero care and are so realistic no one will ever believe they’re fake. Another great way to inject some green is by investing in potted herbs. They look beautiful by the window or sink and double as cooking ingredients.
4 – Quick change
Changing up decor and furniture pieces in your kitchen can make the room feel instantly new again and is a great way to achieve an impactful update without a whole kitchen reno. Barstools are a great place to start, these industrial-style stools are a good option as the seats are adjustable so they’ll work with kitchen counters of any height.
Updating your lighting is another easy option and with so many styles available you’re sure to find one that suits your space. If you love your kitchen, a pendant that complements the space (like this mesh pendant in our kitchen) is the way to go, but if you’re sick of your look, try a statement light to draw your eye away from the features you don’t love.
5 – Shelf life
Let’s face it, who doesn’t need more storage in their kitchen? Open shelving is on-trend in the interiors world right now and there are so many ways to use it. Go the practical route like we’ve done here and use floating shelves to store glasses and dinnerware so it’s in easy reach for the cook and their guests.
Another option for small kitchens (and great for renters) is a freestanding shelf. Create a pretty display of your favourite cookbooks, dinnerware and greenery. Freestanding shelves like this are also great for storing pantry items if you’re tight on space. Add some baskets to the lower shelves for storing dry goods like potatoes and onions and store non-perishables in pretty packaging (like tinned tomatoes or spices) on the upper shelves.