A home can be greatly improved simply by remodeling the most-used rooms, such as the living areas, and especially a kitchen. There are plenty of homeowners, however, who don’t follow through on their dream to do a kitchen renovation because they don’t know what to focus on or how to start the design process.
Let’s look at four of the main things that really make or break a functional and attractive kitchen area.
Kitchen Remodeling Tips
You’d be surprised how much the following features of a kitchen can make all the difference. Achieve the best results when you remodel a kitchen, just by paying particular attention to these four areas when you start your planning.
- Consider color – Whether subtle or standout, color plays a huge role in the feel of a room. And with the amount of time you spend in your kitchen you want something that really inspires. Wall paint, countertops, window treatments, backsplash and floor tiles… it can be overwhelming to figure out what combinations really work. Whether to go for a monochrome or contrasting but complementary color scheme. To give the illusion of more space, consider lighter shades with a few darker accents, or take your cue from the new stainless appliances and focus on a futuristic, minimalist look.
- Switch out your lighting – Many homeowners fail to see just how much lighting can impact the kitchen. If you choose softer mood lighting, your kitchen may actually appear dark, gloomy and uninviting. There are times when you might want your kitchen lighting to create a relaxing atmosphere, especially if you sometimes have meals in that area. But bear in mind that making that meal in the first place requires sufficiently bright and effective light over countertop preparation and cooking areas. There’s nothing more frustrating than peering at a recipe you can’t read. Ask your kitchen renovation contractor to suggest variable lighting options, such as dimmers or specific area lighting that can be operated independently, giving you greater control over lighting effects.
- Invest in some organized storage – Every good kitchen needs to be well organized, with practical and efficient storage options for everything you need, at your fingertips and beyond.You don’t want mess or clutter. Consult with your contractor’s innovative in-house design services staff for excellent ways to maximize space efficiently when you remodel a kitchen. There’s no space or storage conundrum they can’t solve when it comes to kitchen design.
- Contemporize sinks, faucets and countertops – The style of fixtures such as sinks and faucets can be very telling as to how old a kitchen is. If you’re starting to think that your kitchen is looking more than a little dated, have your remodeling contractor show you some of the very latest in jazzy fixture options. Don’t be afraid to consider a fabulous concrete countertop, either—a great new way to remodel a kitchen with pizazz.
Don’t underestimate these four basics when you decide to remodel your kitchen. Once it all comes together, they will combine to do wonders for that great looking and functional kitchen you’ve been waiting for.
Greg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.
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