Easy Kitchen Remodel Ideas for Dramatic Impacts
Written by Adam Coholan, an active blogger who writes about remodeling and interior design based on his experience working with luxury condos on Fire Island around the New York area. You can follow him on Twitter @Coho22.
Many homeowners in our present economy may want to commit to an entire kitchen remodeling project. Nevertheless, an updated, modern look can still be achieved by making some smaller scale, simpler changes.
Paint can be one of the least expensive ways to give your kitchen an instant style boost. Cabinets that have become dull can be refinished and brightened with a swath of bright color. If you’re looking to provide a more elegant backdrop, consider butter yellow or sea-foam green walls. Make sure to keep the existing countertop in mind so that the new paint doesn’t clash with its colors.
Another quick way to update the kitchen’s look is to add new cabinets and hardware like sink faucets. Replacing dated drawer handles, knobs, and hinges with shiny metal, clear glass, or vintage porcelain pieces will add a new twist to your kitchen and give it an immediate facelift. Then, switching out worn and tarnished sink faucets for sleeker, brighter, or higher-necked versions will add to your kitchen’s modern feel.
Lighting is another significant component. The first step is to take advantage of as much natural light as possible, saving the having curtains and drapes for the living room and family room. Windows can instead be framed by tile, maintaining the emphasis by choosing colors that accent your freshly painted cabinets. Then try adding some small lights under your top cabinets to illuminate your workspace, and pick a pendant or hanging fixture to give the room’s design a more polished and professional look.
Before you start, make sure to take a step back and view the kitchen as a whole, visualizing how you want it to look when finished. Pick a theme that focuses on a certain color, texture or material so other design elements can be repeated to help unify the room, and adding this sense of cohesion will give rooms the look of a total makeover. Just as a wardrobe update involves establishing a fresh, new sense of style, considering the overall style of a room can help inspire small changes to a kitchen that are sure to wear well for years to come.