Your kitchen is where you cook, socialize, do homework with the kids, drink wine with your spouse, and do a number of things that make a house a home. However, too many folks let this space slip into mundanity and never allow it to reach the potential it should reach.
If this sounds like you, but you are willing to invest a bit of time and money into upping your kitchen game, listen up. This post will go through several of the main things you need to be aware of before setting out down this path.
Make A Plan And Budget
Choose A Color Scheme
Selecting a cohesive color palette establishes the aesthetic foundation of any kitchen remodel. Thoughtful consideration of hues creates a harmonious environment tailored to function and personal taste. Neutrals like white remain ever-popular as they lend an airy sense of spaciousness. But bolder shades offer personality and pop. Warmer tones foster intimacy, while cooler colors exude modernity and cleanliness suited for entertaining. Coordinating cabinetry, countertops, backsplashes, and walls in complementary hues ties the design together cohesively. Accent pieces in contrasting shades introduce visual interest without clashing.
Update Hardware And Fixtures
While cabinetry and appliances often receive top billing in a kitchen remodel, hardware and fixtures represent significant, overlooked opportunities to elevate the space's functionality and aesthetic. Updating these elements infuses both modern flair and improved usability. Fixtures present a chance for customized personality through unique forms or finishes that complement the overall vision. Premium brand pulls, and sinks boast enduring quality while satisfying form-focused homeowners. Even minor changes like swapping traditional faucets for pull-down or touchless versions incorporating the latest water-saving technologies significantly boost functionality.
Add Lighting For Ambiance
Beyond functionality, lighting serves to sculpt the mood and atmosphere of a kitchen like no other design element. Thoughtful illumination sets the stage for moments both task-oriented and social.
Pendant fixtures over islands or peninsulas introduce flattering, diffused lighting that washes down from above. Their forms double as decorative features.
Accent lighting along open shelving, behind ranges, or backsplashes (we will get to those later) creates dramatic visual interest.
Theatrical lighting in niches frames culinary artistry. With the right balance of lighting designs, kitchens transform into dynamic backdrops for life's moments, setting an inviting mood for arguably the most important room in the house.
Don't Overlook Flooring Options
Functionally, floors must withstand spills and endure heavy traffic. Water-resistant materials prevent damage in high-moisture areas. Slip-resistant options ensure safety. However, aesthetically, flooring establishes a cohesive look while tying in architectural details. Hardwoods provide natural warmth; tile exudes cool contemporary vibes. Patterns introduce visual interest without clutter. Investment-wise, appealing flooring enhances resale potential. If you live in a heavily trafficked house, such as one with plenty of kids running around, it might be best to opt for flooring that can withstand such abuse in the long term.
Experiment With Backsplash Designs
Backsplashes hold tremendous potential to inject personality, protection, and visual interest into a kitchen remodel on a budget. As one of the first features seen, creative experimentation pays dividends. Glass tiles paired with decorative grout offer a sleek solution for those wanting low-maintenance protection. Large-format slabs create a seamless look. Both withstand daily wear and shield walls from spatters and splashes. Beyond traditional backsplashes, exploring less common surfaces like decorative concrete, wood, or metal panels introduces organic warmth and an industrial edge. Vibrant hues pop against neutral cabinets.
Have Fun With Wall Art
Outside functional components, kitchens increasingly become spaces to showcase personality and infuse warmth through curated displays. Wall art represents an opportunity for fun while visually tying the room together. For those embracing bold patterns, oversized wallpaper or tile murals make a high-impact statement. Muted hues keep these features from overwhelming. Coordinating art with backsplash designs or cabinetry ties the visual elements together for cohesion. Ambient lighting displays pieces to their best advantage even after hours of use.
The great thing about remodeling a kitchen is that you can allow your imagination to run wild and really have some fun. As long as you have the budget and imagination, the sky is the limit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Aleksandra Djurdjevic is a senior writer and editor, covering jewelry, accessories, and trends. She’s also works with services, home décor. She has previously worked as ESL teacher for English Tochka. Aleksandra graduated from the Comparative Literature department at the Faculty of Philosophy in Serbia. Aleksandra’s love for the environment, crafts and natural products over the years helps her continue to be a top expert at Wooden Earth.