10 signs you deserve a new kitchen

How do you know when it’s time for a kitchen upgrade? If you find yourself nodding along to this list, you don't just deserve a new kitchen, you need one...

A large white modern kitchen in a beamed space with kitchen island
(Image credit: Caple)

Humming and hawing over whether you need a new kitchen? Take our mini quiz below to find out if it's time to stop putting off that upgrade...

And when you're ready for even more kitchen ideas take a look at our gallery and be inspired!

1. You’ve got patterned tiles (but not the stylish kind)

Patterned tiles – for kitchen floors and splashbacks – are all the rage at the moment. Sadly, yours are more 1980s-throwback than Fired Earth-chic. Think acorns, flowers, birds or even dancing pigs (yep, those bad boys exist). Whether it’s a fetching border or a charming ‘random’ pattern, it’s time to get rid.

British Ceramic Tile

(Image credit: British Ceramic Tile)

2. You don’t bother using a chopping board anymore

Remember the guilt you felt the first time you scratched your beautiful new worktops? These days there are more scratches, chips and scorch marks than unmarked surfaces. So why bother washing a chopping board when you can just wipe the worktop? Nobody will notice a few more scuffs.

copper tap

3. The cooker decides how long meals take

You dream of being one of those people who puts the food in the oven, waits the specified time and takes out a perfect meal. Unfortunately, your cooker has a mind of its own. One day it’ll take 60 minutes to produce a soggy pizza, the next you’ll have a burnt pie on your hands after 15 minutes.

small shaker style kitchen with arger and white colour scheme

(Image credit: deVOL)

4. Something is ALWAYS leaking

Once upon a time you’d have had hysterics if there was a leak, but now it’s just a way of life. In fact, it’s a competition between the taps, dishwasher and washing machine to see which can create the biggest puddle. You used to panic about ruining the kitchen floor, but now it’s just an easy way of giving it a quick clean.

5. None of the cupboard doors hang straight

Friends with OCD flinch when they walk in to your kitchen. The tins might be facing forward but they can’t get past the cupboard doors. They used to hang straight but the hinges have long since given up. And you’ve given up getting the screwdriver out to tighten them. That shabby-chic look is still on trend anyway…isn’t it? Time to consider some new cabinet door designs...

Glam marble effect kitchen cupboards with gold detailing and a gold tap

(Image credit: Martin Moore)

6. You’ve artfully ‘redecorated’

To-do lists, the kids’ paintings, magnets, postcards… they’ve all been stuck to the walls/fridge/dented surfaces to save you having to actually, you know, redecorate. You keep emergency Blu Tack in case something falls down and reveals the horror beneath *shudder*.

Come on... stop putting it off, and consider doing some real decorating (painting tired kitchen cabinets for starters); or at the very least, have a think about new paint colour schemes for your kitchen or, even more fun, how to add personality to your kitchen with clever but easy touches.

inky blue kitchen from Farrow & Ball

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

7. You’ve given up on the extractor fan

It probably only needs a new filter, but you’re so fed up of the whole kitchen you haven’t got the energy to fix the extractor. Besides, if you open the door/window, it’s almost like that inside-outside living spaces you see in other people’s kitchens. Almost.

8. You’re still hoping your units will come back into fashion

You’ll never forget that ‘ugly’ 1950s sideboard or industrial-look dresser you sent to the tip in the 1990s that would be worth a fortune today. So surely your kitchen could be in fashion again soon? Pine must be due for a resurgence? Anybody?

ribbed glass kitchen dresser cupboards

In this bespoke fitted dresser by Clayton Cabinets, the sliding doors have recessed handles to allow them to be pushed right back when using the toaster inside. Bespoke kitchens start from £21,000 at Clayton Cabinets. Designed in collaboration with Nikki Bailie Design

(Image credit: Clayton Cabinets/Darren Chung)

9. None of your plates/mugs/glasses match

‘There’s no point until we get a new kitchen’ is a phrase you’ve uttered more times than you care to remember. The result? A mismatch of plates, mugs and glasses that even a charity shop would recycle. Your Pinterest board, on the other hand, is full of beautiful pieces you can buy once your kitchen is worthy. Or, if your kitchen were cool enough, that mismatched collection would look 'eclectic' not charity-shop-ready.

Kitchen shelves in vintage kitchen

All products, The National Trust

(Image credit: The National Trust)

10. The green-eyed monster is taking over

Imagine how much more time you’d have with a boiling-water tap. Or how you’d eat Sunday brunch at a kitchen island, laughing like those families in TV adverts. Or how good kitchen storage could transform your space in an instant. Dammit, you don’t just deserve a kitchen, you NEED one!

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Laura Crombie

Laura Crombie is a journalist and TV presenter. She has written about homes and interiors for the last 17 years and was Editor of Real Homes before taking on her current position as Content Director for Country Homes & Interiors, 25 Beautiful Homes Period Living and Style at Home. She's an experienced home renovator and is currently DIY-renovating a 1960s house in Worcestershire. She's been quoted on home design and renovating in The Times, The Guardian, The Metro and more. She's also a TV presenter for QVC and has been a commentator for Channel 4 at Crufts dog show.