Are you ready to remodel your kitchen? We have a great list of kitchen design ideas for you. Minor redesigns can radically change the look of your kitchen.
Let’s clear out one thing. The kitchen is the busiest room in your home. The kitchen is the coffee you whip up to get out of that excellent slumber every morning. It ends with getting a glass of water before bed. The kitchen is the center of your home. It is perfectly understandable why. Give your kitchen design a breath of fresh air. A coat of fresh paint does wonders.
An updated kitchen can reinvigorate the space most dear to the house. An updated kitchen is the central focus of your family home. We can help you understand and manage your kitchen makeover.
What You Need to Know About Updating a Kitchen Backsplash
Updating your kitchen backsplash is an easy and affordable upgrade. A kitchen redesign is an easy way to give your whole home a new feel. It is the first room that you should redesign. Kitchen renovation is not complete without a new backsplash. It is the most used/abused surface in your kitchen.
First, decide if you want to change the backsplash material. If you are a creative person, use a stencil to create a design in a secondary accent color. Backsplash changes might make enough of a difference if you can’t afford a complete renovation.
If you add one color, consider choosing between different textures. This could include matte, satin, and high-gloss. If you add more than just color, start by selecting the backsplash material you wish to use for the new kitchen.
The material you chose will depend on your personal needs, preferences, and budget. You can save money by doing the backsplash yourself. The Internet has videos for DIY projects. Only tackle this project if you have prior experience knocking down existing design. Backsplashes are challenging to replace. DIY for backsplashes is only suitable for experienced people. It is also quite time-consuming.
Choosing New Cabinets for Your Remodel
Choose new cabinets if you want the remodel to focus on look and feel. Kitchen cabinets get a lot of daily abuse. They are often seen to be loose on their hinges. This gives the whole kitchen a dated and ignored look. When it comes to your cabinets, you are not limited in choice. With a tight budget and limited tool expertise, you will find a large selection of cabinets.
Ready to assemble (RTA) kitchen cabinets are packaged in flat packs. They include all the hardware needed for assembly. The most significant advantage of the RTA kitchen idea is that it saves you a bundle on labor charges. It allows you extra room to spend on quality products. At the bottom of the price list is medium density fiberboard (MDF). MDF is also known as engineered wood, substrate, and hardboard. Cheap cabinets are made by gluing pressurized wood particles at high temperatures. While being an affordable option, its durability is often compromised.
Expensive solid wood drawers are built with dovetail joinery that looks good and lasts long. Cabinets made with white melamine-coated particleboard boxes and flat doors are of cheap quality. Veneered plywood, hardwood frames, solid wood doors are expensive with outstanding durability.
New Flooring for your Kitchen
Putting down a new kitchen floor is a time and money-consuming process. Hardwood is the most well-known material for modern kitchen flooring. There are many variations in hardwood floors. Hardwood flooring typically comes in thick planks of solid timber. Hardwood is milled with a single piece of wood. It is a natural material. Wood is best at dealing with temperature and humidity.
Many companies sell cheap engineered flooring. These inexpensive wood planks are built with thin layers of hardwood on top, bonded with other layers. This flooring material is constructed to prevent the floor from shifting during expansion cycles.
Walnut and oak are the most common hardwood choices, and for a good reason. Oak is affordable and durable. It stains well while giving an appealing natural grain. Hickory, maple, ash, cherry are other good choices. If you want a light-colored hardwood floor, ash is the best option. If you expect a lot of foot traffic, consider using hickory wood flooring.
Adding a Kitchen Island
A kitchen island is a focal point in your kitchen. It is often the most focused item when it comes to a kitchen renovation. Stone-like granite, marble, and engineered Quartz are some commonly used surfaces. We use them due to their variety without compromising durability.
We never recommend a large island that seems out of place. To accommodate foot traffic, leave 36 to 48 inches for an aisle. The size of an aisle should be dictated by what purpose it will serve.
If you want to use your kitchen to serve snacks or wine sessions, leave legroom for your guests. We recommend at least 24 inches between each person. Our designers add 9 to 13 inches of clearance for your knees under the counter. It is crucial to consider counter height when choosing the style of seating. Our designers make your island user-friendly while keeping our eye on costs. When a client uses their kitchen island as a workspace, we include electrical outlets. This gives people access to power for charging their phones or to plugin a speaker.
Indulge in New Luxe Appliances
The choice of appliances is crucial for your kitchen. Aging appliances will cost more for electricity with reducing efficiency. Appliances are always an excellent choice to update every few years. This suggestion does not apply to all appliances in the kitchen.
The latest appliances are more efficient and are beautiful. Do not focus on form over function. Remember, appliances are long-term investments. When planning to sell a home, check with your agent whether new appliances will fetch you a higher price. New appliances will improve your kitchen’s efficiency and performance.
Over time, kitchen interiors become a bit dull. The appeal might be gone. New luxury appliances are critical to most of our clients. The aesthetics and the utility of new appliances justify the investment.
The new-age appliances have changed how they are used. They have also changed the way they look. Ditch your 25-year-old refrigerator and stove for a stylish, sleek one. Get one that matches the design and style of your kitchen.
Try Open Shelving
In the past, the sight of your cutlery was a design fupa. Modern kitchens open up kitchen design with open shelving. An open layout adds a sense of ‘largeness’ to your kitchen. Open shelving is an excellent start to a modern kitchen remodel.
There are many approaches to open shelving. You could start with white open shelving. They will highlight the wallpaper or the paint. You could even match open shelving with the rest of your cabinetry. There is no need to get rid of cabinetry entirely. Add open shelves between windows or in the corners of the kitchen. Use open shelves to display prized cookbooks, pottery, or teacups. Customize open shelves with hooks to hang stuff, or opt for fancy boxes and baskets to add a touch of sophistication.
Undercabinetry lights are highly recommended for kitchens. They add a wow factor. We suggest that our clients use only one color of glassware to display on open shelves for the best effect. There are a lot of kitchen open shelves ideas that can overhaul the look of your kitchen.
Contrast Countertops Material Against Your Cabinets
The most sophisticated trend of this decade is solid countertops with contrasting cabinetry. You should consider going the granite way for a contemporary kitchen. Choose honed finishes rather than a more polished one.
The matte finish of this granite adds an ultra-modern look to your kitchen. In a way, it makes it less susceptible to smudging too. Besides evergreen black, browns, and beiges, finishes offer red and blue colors. Our designers regularly contrast the seams and colors of the slab with white oak cabinets. This design choice adds a touch of class. Oak is gracious when paired with granite. Oak is less prone to water damage than MDF.
New Marble Countertops
Marble is the best natural stone to avoid the boldness of granite countertops. Marble is aesthetically pleasing and available in countless varieties. Marble countertops are your best choice for a sophisticated look.
The sophisticated and soft feel of marble allows us to use it in every kitchen regardless of the theme. There are concerns about staining while aging. Many of our homeowners prefer the way the surface ages as the colors blend into its grey veins. Problems can be minimized with a polished finish. The best thing about marble is its cost-effectiveness.
Be Creative with New Lighting
You can combine kitchen convenience with beauty with the creative use of kitchen lighting. Modern kitchen lighting is the most cost-effective feature when it comes to kitchen remodeling ideas. The desired effect can be achieved by mixing and matching different fixtures. You can combine budget with task by combining types of ambient lighting. There are hundreds of kitchen lighting ideas.
To address task lighting with cost-friendliness, we suggest going with LED ceiling lights. LEDs are eco-friendly. They save money on electricity bills. Pendant lights above your island or dining area can add the wow factor. For ambient use, chandeliers or track lights can be used. Make sure to install light dimmer switches so you can change your kitchen’s atmosphere. No matter your budget, it’s time to install new kitchen lights!
How to Pick New Cabinet Doors
Revitalizing your kitchen can be difficult. You must decide what to change and how to spend your money. New cabinet doors are a significant investment. The reasons are simple. Every day, your cabinet doors are opened many times. Cabinets get a lot of wear and tear. Even when cabinet doors do not look old, the hinges tend to get loose.
To lower costs on cabinet doors, consider buying ready-to-use doors. They are available in various colors, materials, and textures. You can consider affordable plywood/MDF. If you can afford to spend a little more, wood-like dark cherry wood cabinets are attractive. If you are feeling eccentric and eclectic, consider getting rid of cabinet doors. Instead, opt for an open shelf design. That choice, however, will require new cabinets that are suited to open-frame designs.
A new touch of paint, updating hardware, and a couple of new appliances are the easiest way to do so. Fresh kitchen paint can be an affordable way to updating your kitchen.
Painting the kitchen is often low on a family’s priority list. The rest of your home may not need repainting, but kitchen walls undergo the most abuse. Water, oil, smoke, and the general kitchen traffic can make your walls. When painting a kitchen, give attention to how the new color will gel with the rest of the house. Look at whether the texture you pick will withstand oil and heat.
Unless you wish to get a detailed painting done to the house, going DIY will make it even more affordable. You can bring family and friends together for this project. DIY painting gives the complete homeowner control over the paint choice.
When choosing the color for your kitchen, be careful making the right choice. Choose colors that create a visual impact. Then, there is the choice of texture. Shiny/glossy paint is the easiest to clean. Flat paint will do the best job hiding imperfections.
New Hardware Can Revitalize a New Kitchen
New paint will revitalize your kitchen. This is an excellent time to consider changing your kitchen hardware. While cabinets can have a long life, kitchen hardware wears out much faster. As a rule, metal works best for hardware. The reason is that it is far more durable than other materials. It is durable and resistant to minor bumps and knocks. When selecting metal, you have many choices. Brass and nickel have a timeless appeal. Steel is sleeker and has a more contemporary feel.
Silver is also an excellent choice for kitchen hardware. The problem with silver is that it is always quite expensive. What material is best for knobs or handles? You can select one or more materials to give the cabinets an edgier look to your kitchen. While changing cabinets can cost a lot, the hardware is much easier to update. When knobs look nice, even slightly old cabinets will look as good as new.