Planning a kitchen remodel? That could be a wise idea. Your kitchen is the heart of your home and it has a big impact on your home's appearance. If you're preparing to sell, a remodeled kitchen could significantly boost your home's value. Even if you're not looking to sell, your new kitchen may make your home more enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing.
Unfortunately, a kitchen remodel can also be complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. You may not be able to do everything on your wish list. Below are four impactful steps to consider. These projects often pack the biggest punch when it comes to appearance and value. If you complete any of these steps, you'll likely see a big difference in your kitchen.
Paint the cabinets. Not happy with your cabinets? Replacing them may be a costly proposition. Fortunately, you have an alternative. You can simply paint them. A fresh coat of paint on your cabinets may make them look brand new. Also, if you opt for a lighter color, like white, the cabinets will significantly brighten the room. They may even make your kitchen look bigger and more contemporary.
Brighten the room. You probably can't expand the size of your kitchen, but you can make it appear bigger. The way to do this is by brightening the room. A brighter room often appears to be a bigger room. As mentioned, painting the cabinets a lighter color is a good first step. You may want to replace your windows or window dressings to allow more light in the room. Also, consider installing lights under the cabinets. That can increase visibility around your counters and give the room a larger appearance.
Make it interesting. A visually interesting design element can take your kitchen's appearance to a whole new level. One classic example is an island. A kitchen island can serve many functions. It can provide extra places to sit. You can use it for food preparation. You could even put a refrigerator or wine cooler in the island for extra storage. Consider outfitting the island with a stone front or a nice countertop to make it the visual centerpiece of the kitchen.
Replace your appliances. Perhaps the biggest change you can make in your kitchen is to replace your appliances, especially if your current ones are dated. A new stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and more can give your kitchen a sleek and contemporary appearance. They also may improve your kitchen's functionality and your home's energy efficiency. If you're on a budget, consider scratch and dent appliances. Many stores sell slightly used or returned appliances at deep discounts. There are multiple brands to choose from, including Frigidaire appliances.
Ready to start your kitchen remodel? Develop your budget and your plan and then head to your local hardware or appliance store to take the next steps.