Considered the “heart of the home,” the kitchen is where family and friends gather to prepare meals, wash the dishes and clean up or hang out while cooking. It’s also the most widely used area in your home: therefore, it requires more maintenance. You can preserve the heart of the house now and then by renovating it. Kitchen renovations are beneficial as they add more functionality, enhance the aesthetics and increase the value of your home.
Sounds like a costly venture? It doesn’t have to be. Your kitchen renovation can be a DIY project if you’re up for it. You’ll need to be resourceful and strategic. With discipline, perseverance and your cabinet maker’s input, you can execute the vision for your dream kitchen. In the meantime, take a look at these tips which can give you a headstart:
Get Rid of Clutter
Start the process of renovating your kitchen by going through your cabinets, countertops and drawers. Are there items that you’ve never used? Give them to someone who needs them. Seeing any old items? Toss them. Additionally, arrange dishes according to colour and size for a more minimalistic and elegant presentation.
By decluttering, your kitchen will appear cleaner and more spacious. You’ll also find more room to better organize the items you plan to keep.
Paint Your Cabinets
Kitchen renovation can be as simple as changing the colour of your cabinets. Perhaps your cabinets show no signs of deteriorating but look dated. You can switch things up by painting them in trendy colours, such as classic white, charcoal or light grey.
Include a Backsplash
Using tiles, press-on adhesives, shiplap or wainscoting panels can go far in adding pizzazz to your kitchen. Choose them according to texture, colour or pattern to achieve a look that’s modern and reflective of your personal style.
Add an Accent Wall
Perhaps a backsplash isn’t your thing. You can opt for an accent wall that adds a pop of colour to a room while being the focal point. Simply choose a favourite colour and get to work. Your kitchen will have a facelift within a matter of hours.
Upgrade the Hardware
Another budget-friendly way to amp up your kitchen is to swap out your old cabinet knobs, handles and pulls for sleek, modern and glossy ones. The same goes for your faucet—maybe one with a pull-out spray attachment or a fancy gooseneck with a detachable head. Choose from trendy shades such as polished chrome, black, matte and bold mixed metal. Simply changing the faucet can add some edge and sophistication to your kitchen.
Create More Space
People love modern kitchens because they offer more functionality. This is achieved when you remove some of your upper cabinetry and create more open shelves. You can consult a cabinet maker for guidance on removing the doors and hardware on the cabinets. Open shelving allows you to display your china along with cookbooks, herbs and serving platters.
Install Modern Light Fixtures
You’d be surprised to see the difference that lighting makes to the aesthetics as well as your mood. With proper lighting, you’ll be able to show off the other aspects of your kitchen renovation project. You can opt for pendants over the peninsula or island, a string of tiny white lights that add ambiance to your counter and a gooseneck sconce over the sink. Also, consider under-cabinet or task lighting for the more heavily used areas.
Line the Insides of Your Cabinets
Here’s another easy way to transform your kitchen without breaking the bank. By using scented contact paper to line the insides, you’ll extend the shelf life of your cabinets while adding a bit of colour and texture to the overall look.
Spruce Up Your Peninsula or Island
A cabinet maker could also assist with updating your peninsula or island. Breathe new life into the area by painting it, adding corbels or shiplap.
Decorate With Unique Pieces
During this project, you’ll have free rein to decorate. Use the decorative pieces to express yourself. Everything can be used to represent your style—curtains, hanging pot racks, paintings, coasters, bowls, chairs, sculptures, copper pots, etc. These pieces can be as flashy or as understated as you like.
Improve Your Appliances
Purchasing a new stove or fridge may not be in the cards right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve their appearance. Replace old and worn-out stove coils and oven knobs, as well as handles for your dishwasher and fridge.
Do You Need Kitchen Renovation Services in Coquitlam?
Perhaps you have a design in mind for your dream kitchen and require help from experts in Coquitlam. Our cabinet makers at Oasis Kitchens will help you to bring the vision of your kitchen to life. Give us a call today at 604-670-9588 or book a free design consultation.