The kitchen is one of the most important hubs of any home, and it's easy to jazz yours up with some simple DIY projects.
'The kitchen is the heart of every home, for the most part,' Debi Mazar once famously said, and few would disagree with the actress's assessment.
Whether you're there to whip up your latest Nigella Lawson-inspired creation or simply feed the kids after school, there's no denying that the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in any home. It's one of several places around the house where you can really stamp your authority and make it your own - so why not have a go at adding some of your personal touches to it?
A DIY kitchen project doesn't have to involve ripping walls and benchtops out or installing snazzy, expensive new appliances. Here are a few simpler touch-up you can try.
Nooks and crannies
For kitchens both large and small, maximising the efficiency of space is key. With so many pots, pans and utensils to fit into such a limited number of storage areas, just how do you keep everything tidy and organised?
A few small additions here and there can really boost the potential of your kitchen. Even if you don't have the spare room to accommodate an extra cabinet, a shelf or two placed strategically around the walls can give you the room to finally store your prized herb collection.
You can even make your existing storage compartments a lot more organised with some simple touches. Installing tension rods - either vertically or horizontally - in your cupboards and cabinets can keep things separate and easier to find, for example.
Let there be light
Every chef needs plenty of light to ensure they know what they're doing. If you find yourself squinting or relying on the flames from your stovetop, it's time to add a bit more light to your kitchen.
Think about some strategic places around the kitchen, such as under the upper cabinets above the benchtop, where you can fit a few discreet lights to illuminate your work area better. For something a bit more modern and unorthodox, DIY Network recommends thinking 'from the ground up' and installing lights on the floor.
Not only will you be able to work better, your family can now appreciate your creations in all its glory.
The kitchen should be a place of fun and enjoyment - and nothing screams 'bland' more than a sterile white wall.
The effects that various colours can have on mood are well documented. Red, for instance, has been known to make people hungry (think of your favourite fast food restaurant logos).
If you want to add a bit of life to your kitchen, revert to your toddler self, grab a paintbrush and let your personality shine on your kitchen surfaces.