The kitchen is the heart of your home. You go in and out of the kitchen multiple times a day – even if it’s just to open and close the fridge without even taking anything out of it…

If you thought that giving your kitchen a makeover had to be an expensive exercise, think again. Even small inexpensive changes can transform your space. Consider these cheap and easy updates before spending money on a full kitchen renovation.

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Stick on tiles

Changing the walls in any room can completely transform the look and feel of your space. Stick on tiles are a great way to do this quickly and on a budget (not to mention it’s way less inconvenient than installing tiles). These tiles will adhere onto most surfaces, including your existing tiles.

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 A splash of paint

Change is as good as a holiday, and a change of colour is sometimes as good as a whole new kitchen. Change the colour scheme of your kitchen by painting your cupboards, appliances or even your tiles. Find the right type of paint for your chosen surface and get creative.

Change up your display

The little things do count. Changing up what storage, containers and appliances you have on display can make a big impact. Even something as simple as moving them around will make a difference.  Most of the latest home décor trends embrace minimalism, so keeping your counter spaces and surfaces as clutter-free as possible will instantly make your kitchen look more modern.

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Consider adding more storage

Whether you’re into the minimalist trend or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, making the most of every surface you have available, everyone needs more storage. Floating shelves, baskets and storage bins can easily be installed by the average DIYer and can be added to existing storage.

Related: How to maximise the space in your small kitchen

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Get different window treatments

Lighting isn’t just about flicking a switch. Natural light can also show off the good (or the bad) aspects of your kitchen. Decide how much sunlight you want in your kitchen during the day and find a window treatment that suits both your lighting needs and the style of your kitchen. Blinds may be a popular choice, but they aren’t the right choice for everyone.

If you have a dark kitchen, or you have outdated curtains, you could even consider having no window covering at all.

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