One easy update that is simple to do, however, is splashbacks
. They sit behind the sink and are essential to stop water being sprayed everywhere when hands, fruit, vegetables and whatnot are washed.
Conventional wallpaper can often be used too - the important thing is to protect it with a clear glass panel, such as the good value Laminate glass clear splashback
(PS40, B&Q), or a clear acrylic panel away from the hob or cooker.
If you want to create a unique splashback
and/or upstand, how about using wallpaper?
From large print designs - which seem like a work of art - to practical polished chrome; there is a splashback
for every kitchen and every style.
Consider a brightly coloured splashback
to contrast beautifully with dark-coloured cabinets.
Use a soft cloth and washing-up liquid diluted in warm water and simply soak the splashback
to soften the oil and then clean.
Cushions: from a selection of fabrics from the Melinki collection, www.scion.uk.com, 0845 123 6805 Re-tile your bathroom Give your bathroom a lift for less by just re-tiling the shower and splashback
Bedroom two also has an en suite shower room with double width enclosure with pebbled splashback
, hand basin on a vanity unit and a toilet.
CUPS AND CUSHIONS: Clockwise from left: Box Brownie Trading's cushion, BlissHome's espresso cups, Fine Cell Work's needlepoint cushion, Villeroy & Boch's London mug and Cath Kidston's Be A Good Sport mug KITCHEN COOL: Enki's Cityscape glass splashback
WOW FACTOR: Digitex's South Bank 2009 wallpaper mural UNDERSTATED: A Cookhouse Impact Cityscape kitchen wall BLIND VISION: Apollo London blind in London View fabric
was made using odd tiles of the same size collected over a few months.
: Cheeky Wink in Easyclean PS26.49 for 2.5l, www.crownpaint.co.uk, 01254 704951 CHALK IT UP Kids'll love blackboard walls.
Bottle print splashback
film, www.purldeco.com Paint the floor Give old flooring a new lease of life with floor paint.