The kitchen is the center of life for many people including cooks and eager hosts. But renovating it from scratch, with a limited budget and no ideas to begin with, can be a pretty daunting affair. However, if done correctly, it can be a huge pay off in the end, especially when reselling.
Establish your starting position by asking yourself the right questions:
One of the most popular kitchen design trends to date, open shelving allows you to create an artful display of your dishware, serving pieces, and showcase decorative collections, like items on a bookshelf.
It creates an airy feel, making the kitchen-space appear larger, and allows the wall or tile color to be seen. It also creates a sense of organization for custom walk-in closet remodels and is relatively budget-friendly.
Popular shelving materials include glass, wood, and stainless steel.
If you entertain guests often and you want a more sociable spot to perch, you can simply build a sizable bar in your kitchen. You don’t have to go large, just a sizeable cabinet/shelves and great design will do.
Create small spaces with adequate rooms for snacks, spirits and wine bottles. If you have a narrow kitchen, it can be fitted with a wall-fixed table with smooth edges to avoid the danger of sharp corners.
An island is the perfect multitasker and is one of the few design elements that can transform a minimal kitchen space into a significant multipurpose area with multiple functions.
Kitchen islands provide room for storage purposes, creates a platform for food preparation, and can be used as an additional dining area. It provides optimal utility by effortlessly combining functionality and fabulous display.
Color evokes inspiration in people. Psychologists have long said that room color greatly affects our moods and emotions. The kitchen is where you prepare delicious meals for your family and the color you choose should evoke blissful enthusiasm, at the least.
You don’t necessarily have to consider the color trends of the day, because trends come and go. Choose colors that reflect your family preferences and ones that blend into a pleasant combination. Don’t oversaturate the space. Accentuate the kitchen with shades of your color of choice to contrast it smoothly with the rest of the house.
With countertops, consider the material very carefully. Countertops get worn and torn out more than any other surface in the kitchen. Pay extra attention to the resilience of the material, especially to stains. Ask yourself how easy would it be to care for and maintain the material? What about its longevity? Choose countertops with food preparation in mind.
Stainless steel is more suitable for chefs while granite is known to be sturdy but is porous and could collect bacteria. Quartz is gaining in popularity and is currently one of the most frequently requested.
Kitchen renovation is not only about changing appliances and re-arranging kitchen cabinets, but the backsplash can also be worked on.
You can play with a range of colors as long as the pattern complements the design, style and overall palette of your kitchen. You can remake it out of tile, wood, or wallpaper. If done correctly, the overall visual impact will exude a vibrant finish to the overall layout.
Before you start, begin with the end in mind. Consider your long-term goals, whether you plan to sell or you simply want the best for your family. Also, take a look at what you can remove to open the space up some more and understand how much money you’re willing to spend.
It would be wise to go through everything with your family and wiser still to talk to someone who’s renovated their kitchen before. They can help you make sure you've considered all the details.