Does your home need an update? Something more than a fresh coat of paint to bring your living space back to life? Consider a kitchen remodel – after all, the kitchen is one of the most lived-in places in the house and definitely the most versatile space. It is the gathering place for meals, the homework table, and somehow the place where everyone winds up during a house party.
Now, a kitchen remodel is a huge undertaking. However, there are ways to do it in segments so as not to totally disrupt your family’s lifestyle. Think about what really needs to be replaced and what can wait, versus what will make the most impact. You don’t have to replace the floors and cabinets to get a brand new look.
With so many appliances and features in a kitchen, there’s the potential to take baby steps if you’re not ready to revamp the entire space. Replacing the oven and stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave can make a big difference without too much disruption. Look for Energy Star appliances whenever possible to not only help save you money in the long run, but also to help out our planet. Current trends in appliances include ovens with French doors and touch-technology cooktops. Bluetooth technology is everywhere, including in ovens you can set from your cell phone. Retro-looking appliances in colors inspired by the 1950’s era are very trendy right now, but carefully consider if this is a look you can live with for the life of the appliance.
Ready to re-do your countertops? The versatility and longevity of granite can’t be beat. It is so easy to clean and maintain, not to mention its ability to handle hot pots and pans, makes granite a great choice. Plus, the selection of colors and patterns of granite can match up to design styles in any kitchen. An alternative natural stone that also works wonders in the kitchen is quartz. Consider this durable alternative, that also comes in a wide variety of colors, and has a non-porous surface making it virtually stain and bacteria resistant.
Another kitchen counter trend is to have a seamless flow from the counter into the sink. By using the same material for the sink itself as the counter, your kitchen will have a modern flow to it. This also makes cleaning up much easier, eliminating seams and tough to reach corner crevices.
Finally, bold backsplash colors are complimenting the neutral look that is en vogue for the rest of the kitchen these days. Taking a backsplash beyond the small space between countertop and cabinet bottom, by expanding it out onto neighboring walls, now makes for a bold accent to the kitchen.