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How to modernise your 1980's interior with a new kitchen

20 March 2023
The original layout of the living and kitchen area in this home was broken up and included some angles which limited the use of the space.

Modernising a 1980's kitchen can be a great way to update the look of your home. Here are some tips for designing a modern kitchen in a 1980's house:

Remove walls: One of the most significant ways to modernise your kitchen is to open up the space by removing walls. This will allow for better flow and make the space feel more spacious and inviting. 1980's builds can tend to have some angular walls, and by removing these and 'squaring up' your space, you already set up your space for a sleeker and more modern look.

Replace old, outdated cabinets with new, modern ones. Consider a sleek, minimalistic design with clean lines and a neutral color palette. Integrated handle or handleless kitchens achieve this look, and by replacing dated benchtops with newer materials your kitchen quickly achieves a more modern look. Our 'Line N' range is a stunning handleless option, and we also have our 'Inline' kitchen front which is a handleless option with a moulded easy to clean finish.

To continue with the clean lines, we are often using the same material as the benchtop for our clients' splashbacks, or a subtly textured tile can add some warmth and interest. Consider a simple, geometric design in a neutral color to give your kitchen a modern and timeless look.

As always, never forget about the lighting for your new kitchen space. Modern kitchens often have a mix of ambient, task, and accent lighting. Consider replacing outdated light fixtures with modern ones that are both functional and stylish. We also use LED lighting under overhead cabinetry and in toe kicks to really warm up the kitchen space.

Replace old appliances - old appliances can make your kitchen look dated. Consider upgrading to new, energy-efficient appliances with a sleek, modern design.

By incorporating these design tips, you can transform your 1980's kitchen into a modern and stylish space that will add value to your home.