It’s easy to feel as though nothing in life comes cheap anymore, let alone free. Britain in the 21st Century is amongst the most expensive countries in the world when it comes to cost of living, the result of which means that once you’ve paid for monthly travel to work, mortgage or rent, food, water and clothes for you and yours, there might not be that much leftover for things like holidays and home improvements.
It’s a reality somewhat at odds with how much pressure there is to keep up with the Joneses. Or, more accurately, the latest interior design trends, thus avoiding any embarrassment when we invite friends, family and acquaintances round only to realise that our home is in urgent need of modernisation.
This is rarely more pronounced than in the kitchen and bathroom. Once the sole reserve of the domestic chef, these days there’s far more to the room traditionally associated with cooking than simply an oven and work surface. It’s a space to socialise in, entertain and, when combined with a dining table in an open plan layout, sit down to eat with loved ones. Meanwhile, the bathroom is a sanctuary for many, providing a corner of the house where we can unwind, take stock of the day, and pamper ourselves.
Two very important parts of any home, making improvements and modernising either doesn’t actually have to cost as much as many people think. Or at least not in the long run. Quality craftsmanship and innovative design can provide you with a timeless kitchen and bathroom that won’t be outdated in a matter of mere years. By opting for neutral, traditional finishes, and clean, handleless modern lines, you’ll be guaranteed beautiful rooms that don’t have to be completely replaced in order to keep up with ever-changing trends- think of this like a base coat of paint, ready for any additions in the future that won’t look out of place. The same rule applies whether we’re talking about the kitchen or the bathroom, and regardless of the budget you have set aside. All you need is a reputable, innovative specialist firm with a proven track record of delivering great goods at a range of price points, which may be closer than you think.