Want to upgrade your kitchen but don’t know where to start? Read on to get some ideas for improving one of the house’s more important rooms.
Replace or restore cabinetry
Sometimes, all that is needed to upgrade a kitchen is new cabinetry. If your existing cabinetry is dated or looks like it may fall apart soon, do not think twice about replacing them. Storage is very important for spaces like kitchens, so you have to ensure that you have enough. Of course, you also have to make sure that the storage solutions you have are still in great shape and adds to the overall look of the space.
One storage solution worth considering are floating shelves. Upper cabinets are fine, but floating shelves do more than just store items—these also allow for the display of interesting pieces. These also make spaces appear larger, making them a great addition to small kitchens. If your kitchen is small, you can save space by installing wall-mounted storage over windows. Just make sure you put only enough stuff so that you do not block too much light.
What if your existing cabinetry still looks fine and is in good condition? If this is the case, do not toss them out. Instead, breathe new life into them with a new coat of paint and new hardware. Choose cabinet hardware that matches or at least complements one another. You would make things easier for you by getting pulls and knobs that are of the same style.
Change up the window treatments
When it comes to window treatments for kitchens, simple and functional is what you should go for. Having natural light in the kitchen is nice, but too much can be problem. However, using heavy window treatments also pose a problem. Hence, what you pick must allow ample natural light to illuminate the area and also guarantee privacy. Roller or pleated shades, those made with materials that are easy to clean and non-absorbent like polyester, are most recommended. If you want to have curtains in your kitchen, opt for lighter fabrics.
Colour the ceiling
Many home-owners upgrade their kitchens by painting the walls a new colour. Why not take it a step further and paint the ceiling as well? Draw the eye up by giving the upper part of the room a much needed splash of colour. You can make the ceiling look lower or higher, depending on the colour you choose.
If you prefer something a bit more dramatic, do not just settle for a new colour—add texture to the ceiling as well. You can do this with the help of ceiling tiles, which may resemble laminate floor surfaces. These come in a wide variety of hues and textures, so you are bound to find something that will work well with the look you are going for.
Tile a backsplash
Another way to upgrade the kitchen is to tile a backsplash, that which protects the wall (behind a counter top or stove) from splashes of liquid. With this in your kitchen, you will find clean up to be faster and easier. Do not think that this project will cost you a fortune; you will be surprised to know that installing tiles for a backsplash is one of the most inexpensive ways you can upgrade your kitchen. Considering the huge selection of tile colours, materials and patterns, you will find something for your kitchen that will not break the bank. Tiling is a project that can be completed in just a weekend.
Rethink the layout
If you wish to upgrade through a major remodelling project, you will need to consider changing the layout of your kitchen. This becomes necessary if the existing layout hindered you from efficiently working in the room in the past. It is most important that you can get around your kitchen with ease and without much difficulty, and your new layout must allow you to do this.
Something worth thinking about is the kitchen work triangle, which consists of the three key work areas in the room: sink, range and refrigerator. The general rule is that the distance between these areas such not be more than 9 feet and not less than 4 feet. This rule should be remembered when redesigning the space.
If you have more than enough space in your kitchen, you may include an island in the new layout, especially if it goes with the kitchen work triangle rule. If you do decide to have an island, figure out its main function: food preparation, cooking, cleaning, eating, doing homework, etc. If storage used to be a problem for your kitchen, it may be a good idea to have an island with base cabinets.
The article was penned by Marilyn Stephens. This fulltime writer is currently a contributor for StyleRite Blinds in Edinburgh.
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