The kitchen is such a happy place. It is where families come together at the end of the day, and enjoy a delicious meal, sharing their eventful days. It’s also a place that we often seek comfort in, whether it’s baking up a tasty treat or the place we visit for a quick midnight snack. Here’s how to add a little more pizazz to he heart of the home.

Splash on a fresh coat of paint

Probably one of the easiest ways to add colour to any room is with good old paint. It’s surprising how the right colour, and the right paint, can instantly make the difference you’re longing for. If you’re looking for easy and cost-effective way to instantly change the look and feel of your kitchen, paint your kitchen cabinets. Change your cabinet hardware and you’ll have an instant refresh.

Sonica Bucksteg, Dulux’s colour specialist, says that depending on what’s existing in your kitchen, adding bold colours can make a statement without overpowering the room. “It’s a question of balance – adding refreshing greens will contrast well with stark white cabinets and neutral flooring. If your cabinets are bright, rather compliment walls in a lighter, muted shade of the cabinets or a subdued neutral”.

Try a tile

Adding tiles to your kitchen is another great way to bring colour into this area. You have a variety of choices when it comes to where and what you would like to tile – be it your countertops, splashback or your floors and walls.

Abdul Patel, managing director of Lifestyle Ceramics, points out that the latest trend shows that consumers are attracted towards larger tiles compared to small ones, while sticking to neutral colours for both floors and walls.

There are different types of tiles that have different textures. “You have decor tiles, which have Victorian Baroque motifs that look like wallpaper; metal tiles, graphic prints, light reflective patterns; you also get hi-gloss tiles in a variety of colours; mosaic tiles from stone and glass to steel; as well as 3D and woodlock tiles,” adds Abdul.