Interior Design Masters Expert Shares ‘Tip Number One’ When Upgrading Any Kitchen

As the holiday weekend has just begun, many may be itching to finally get started on long-standing DIY projects around the house. However, with new research from Shawbrook Bank revealing that an average of five DIY jobs are currently unfinished in homes across the country – it looks like we could use some help from the experts. From the kitchen to the garden, we spoke to Siobhan to find out what three upgrades she would recommend homeowners prioritize this summer, as well as what to consider before getting started.

Siobhan explained that for anyone looking to upgrade their kitchens, her number one tip would be to “plan” ahead.

She said: “The kitchen is the heart of the home, but there’s no denying that it’s probably one of the most expensive and difficult rooms to revamp.

“That’s why, if you’re looking to start your kitchen project this summer, my number one tip is to plan, plan, plan!”

“The additional expenses that can arise with a major kitchen project are important to consider.

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Those who are nervous about making home improvements in certain areas and having spares, Siobhan suggests using them as a “creative space” to experiment.

She explained: “It’s not uncommon for guest rooms to become a dumping ground. But for me, I see the guest bedroom as a space you can be very creative with, so don’t be afraid to have fun with it!

“With no one regularly staying in the room, this can be your opportunity to bring your biggest Pinterest inspirations to life (without worrying too much if it suits your partner, housemate, or kid’s taste!).

“Plus, you’ll have the luxury of time – as long as the in-laws don’t make a surprise visit anytime soon.

“Use this time to compile photos for inspiration, map out exactly what you need to bring the vision to life, and stay practical.”

Siobhan said: “[The garden] is a top priority because there are some very simple yet effective ways to update your garden – without it costing an arm and a leg

“It’s easy to get carried away with visions, but the simplest update can transform your garden from dull to dreamy.”

Experts advised tackling the grass first.

She said: “If you think it never looks quite right, consider replacing your lawn with grass for an extra clean look all year round.

“Also consider adding color through additional plants. Or, if flowers aren’t your thing, why not add a vegetable patch?

Although, when it comes to tackling the “biggest projects”, while jobs like re-decking or re-tiling might seem simple enough to track via YouTube, “incorrect measurement” could leave you totally overwhelmed, so make sure you take your time and don’t rush, says the inside pro.

Isabel M. Bourgeois