When you’ve been living in the same house for a while, it’s only natural to become tired of seeing the same old cabinets and knobs every day. Or, perhaps your kitchen has always been outdated and you’ve been dying for an excuse to redo it. Whatever your reason for wanting it, here are some tips on how to get the kitchen of your dreams!
1. Tile Backsplash
A tile backsplash is an area of colored tile on the wall behind the countertop/food prep area. This visually appealing color splotch adds color to the whole room and gives the kitchen a very chic and modern feel. Tile is also a great choice due to its longevity and ease to clean. It doesn’t have to be boring square tiles either: you can play with different shape arrangements for a more urban look.
2. Paint your Cabinets
Most kitchen hardware is alright as is, and just needs a fresh coat of paint to spruce it up. Think about the “look” you want to go for: a white kitchen with dark handles will give off a very classy and sophisticated look, whereas dark cabinets with give off a very elegant and modern vibe. You can be as creative with this as you want, and even go with some color! Pastel colors will give off a very “homey French villa” feel. Decide what theme you want your kitchen to follow before thinking about what colors you want to use. Another option is to remove the cabinets all together! A tile backsplash with open shelves for all your dinnerware is the ultimate rustic, chic, beautifully modern look.
3. New Countertops
Nothing brings together a kitchen like granite countertops. Granite countertops are a staple in any well-designed kitchen. A good cost-saving alternative is quartz, which will still provide the same look. These countertops are sleek, modern, easy to clean, and absolutely beautiful. You can elect to get a design in the granite, which can serve as a statement piece for the whole kitchen.
4. Get New Appliances
New appliances don’t only have to be for show: you can upgrade to energy efficient, water-saving ones which will help your power bill in the long run, and increase property value along with looking fabulous. A great color option for appliances is always steel: steel goes with every type of look, from cozy and homey, to sleek and clean.
5. Update Your Faucets and Knobs
This may sound silly, but something as small as an updated faucet can refresh the whole kitchen. Consider switching your traditional kitchen taps mixer taps in a new finish to give your kitchen that fresh new look. Consider convenience and style (maybe even hands free!) when thinking about what kitchen tap you want. If you spend a lot of time washing dishes and convenience is very important to you, a mixer tap with a pullout spray may be a good option.
6. Redo the floors
Something that is often glossed over when thinking about kitchen renovations is the flooring—after all, its beneath us all of the time! However, the best kitchen in the world will look unfinished if the flooring doesn’t match. Going back to what look you’re vying for, take this into account when you think about the floors. For a modern and sleek look, consider dark tiles or gray hardwood. For a more rustic, industrial vibe, consider a cognac-colored hardwood. For a bright and homey look, consider white tile or light hardwood.
The best part about renovations is that you have the chance to do whatever you want, and add whatever will make your life easier. Don’t waste this opportunity! Give it some good thought and don’t skimp out on the details—after all, this will likely be your last kitchen renovation for a while!