Whether you want to sell your house or just wish to upgrade your kitchen, there are a few things you need to pay attention to. If you’ve ever fantasized about a modern kitchen, a big kitchen island or some vintage elements, there’s no reason not to do that – basically all you need is some inspiration! The kitchen is the center of every home, a great space where the family gathers to have their meals and spend time, so you need to create an enjoyable area and include everyone’s wishes into the design.
Redo the flooring
Don’t you just love those big black and white tiles that complement any room and bring out the overall design by making it look modern and vintage at the same time? Apart from that, you could always go for wooden floors and choose a shade that works best with your walls and cabinets. Pay attention to the amount of natural light when choosing a color for your floors, because you don’t want to end up with too many dark elements and almost no light. If you’re a messy chef, you should definitely think about tiles as they are much easier to maintain and much cheaper than wooden flooring. Just make sure you combine all the colors adequately to avoid too many different combinations in a tiny space – after all, this sort of eclecticism can make your kitchen look like a home renovation project gone wrong.
Even the smallest of kitchens can look chic and upscale with the right appliances, so adding them means you’re providing additional functionality. Everything from small appliances that don’t require any additional construction in your kitchen – a toaster, a mini baker and a coffee machine are just some of these – to the much-needed Electrolux appliances like a dishwasher, a refrigerator or a freezer. These will lift up your kitchen design instantly and also come as a practical upgrade for everyday usage all of us need. You won’t be doing much in terms of boosting your home’s value if you opt for outdated appliances, so invest your money in new and modern ones and equip your kitchen with some high-end products.
Open up space
Nobody wants to cook in a crowded space when you can enjoy testing new recipes in a spacious kitchen like a true chef. You can maximize the functionality of your kitchen by tearing down one wall and opening up space by connecting this room to your dining area. A great way to merge them is by adding a big kitchen island with some bar stools which come in great when you’re about to eat your breakfast. However, if you don’t have enough space for this project, you can simply add a window – this will provide you with more natural light and brighten up the space. Having more sunlight in your kitchen creates an illusion of a bigger space and makes your cooking area more luxurious and modern.
Repaint the kitchen cabinets
Investing in custom cabinets is great if you have a big budget and this can seriously change the look of your kitchen. Be sure to create a layout where you’ll have enough storage space – that’s helpful on a daily basis, but also a great selling point. On the other hand, if you’re operating on a tight budget, you need to consider repainting your cabinets and save a lot of money. Go for neutral shades because these will open up the space and make everything look nicer. Apart from that, you can always combine those hues with the Pantone color of the year and make a small, but noticeable change.
Let there be light
Most kitchens have bad lighting and this can seriously affect your health – from cutting your fingers and tripping to damaging your eyesight due to constantly spending time in poor lighting. To avoid that, you need to add new ceiling lighting and consider brightening up your cooking area as well. Your cabinets probably prevent the sunlight from accessing your prepping area, so add under cabinet lighting wherever you need it the most. Fixtures installed beneath the cabinets provide enough light directly to your prepping area and you can always install LED lighting, which is more efficient.
No matter what your budget is and how spacious your kitchen is, it definitely deserves a remodel and even the smallest changes count. Set your budget carefully and remodel your cooking and dining area step by step, without having it turn into a project you can’t handle or afford. The kitchen is what sells a house and potential homebuyers always check this area first. If you’re not in the process of selling, you should still consider doing this – every meal you make will taste better and you’ll have an amazing family experience day after day.