Few rooms have such an impact on the overall feel and style of a home as does the kitchen. The kitchen is often the room where people gather to eat, talk, and work. It is often the center of the home where families and friends congregate. As a result, if a kitchen is outdated or dysfunctional, it is often the room that homeowners have the most desire to renovate. Fortunately, renovating a kitchen is also one of the best home renovations for adding value to a home. Renovating a kitchen can be difficult and overwhelming, though, so understanding the process and where to start can have a huge impact on how difficult the renovation is and the overall quality of the finished product.
1- Determine a budget
Deciding how much money you have to spend is the first step in understanding how extensive your kitchen renovation is going to be. Kitchen renovations can vary widely in range and scope. With a very limited budget it may be necessary to settle for a fresh coat of paint on the walls and a few new hand towels or accessories. If you have a sizeable budget, you may be able to completely change the layout of the room and add new kitchen cabinets, flooring, and countertops. No matter what your budget is, don’t forget to add extra money in reserve to handle any problems that always seem to come up when renovating a space.
2- Define your style
If you have a clear idea of how you want your kitchen to look when it is completed, making all of the decisions that have to be made throughout the process can be much easier. This includes deciding what style of kitchen you want to create. Start the process by looking at as many pictures of kitchens as you can find on the internet and in home decorating magazines. Once you get a feel for what you are most drawn to, research to find out what style best defines your tastes and preferences. As you go forward with the remodel, remember what style of kitchen you are trying to create. This will help to make the finished product look more polished and cohesive.
3- Make big decisions first
A kitchen renovation can be very expensive. If it is done right, however, many of the most expensive features in the room should last for many years. With style in mind, choose cabinets, flooring, countertops, and appliances that best fit your style, budget, and needs. For example, if you have determined that you prefer a more traditional kitchen, you may want to consider rich cherry cabinets with a lot of detail, solid granite countertops, and beautiful wood floors. On the other hand, if you prefer a more contemporary kitchen, consider kitchen cabinets with simple door fronts, stainless steel or concrete countertops, and a bright tile floor. There are numerous options within whatever style you prefer, so take your time making these big decisions. Due to the investment that these features represent you need to be sure that you love them now and will continue to for many years to come.
4- Add wall color
Nothing brightens up a space like a fresh coat of paint on the walls. If you want to make the space feel comfortable and inviting, consider adding a warm color such as yellow, red, or cream to the wall. For a clean, fresh feel, opt for cool blues or greens. If in doubt, go with your instincts. If you love a color, don’t be afraid to put it on the walls. Different people have different emotional reactions to colors, so pick one that speaks to you. Keep in mind the color and tone of the larger design element such as cabinets and flooring in the room, though, so that they blend seamlessly.
5- Add accessories
The little touches that you add in the end are what often make a house a home. Look for coordinating or complementary hand towels and curtains. Add soft floor rugs and chair cushions. Add a vase of beautiful, fragrant flowers. If you have chosen mostly neutral elements in the room, don’t be afraid to choose bright, vibrant colors for accessories to bring in a sense of life and vitality. Furthermore, don’t forget that the kitchen has to be functional as well as beautiful. Avoid cluttering workspaces with too many accessories. Instead, find stylish kitchen appliances and accessories that not only look good but have a purpose as well.
Once you have completed this process, you can enjoy the beauty and function of a beautiful, new kitchen. By taking the time to make each decision thoughtfully and with style and function in mind, you can truly create the kitchen of your dreams.