The kitchen is the heart of many homes, and it’s the place where family and friends gather to cook, talk and eat. When renovating or remodelling your kitchen, some factors should be considered to plan effectively, increase value, and add lifestyle and enjoyment to your home. When planning a kitchen renovation, there are many changes you can make to enhance your comfort level, increase your storage space and add luxury back into an otherwise mundane area of your life.
Install under sink storage for counter space
Installing a new under-sink cabinet can be one of the easiest ways to free up counter space in your kitchen. By installing a pull-out or roll-out shelf, you will gain much-needed extra storage for all those items which don’t really have their own space.
If you do not have room in your kitchen for an island or just to maximize the area you have, adding an under-sink cabinet is a great way to get those extra items off of your counters and into a discrete space. A pull-out shelf can be installed by attaching it to the back of your existing sink, either above or below and then adding a box underneath that opens on wheels or slides out on a track. The roll-out shelf is similar but does not require any cutting or drilling into the backs of your cabinets, though it does tend to take up more room than the pull-out shelf. For this reason, some people choose to install one on each side of the sink.
Colour is key
The kitchen is one of the areas in the house where we like to put our personality, so why not make it personal with a splash of colour? This can be done in a number of ways, from choosing contrasting handles or worktops to painting the walls a bright and bold colour.
Here are some great examples of how you can introduce colour into your kitchen. The first example is painted using Dulux Trade’s Puddle paint, which is available in 648 different colours – so there will definitely be something just right for you. It’s also worth mentioning that Dulux Trade paint is specifically designed for professional decorators. To make the most of this feature, you could pick a vibrant colour like this example and then use sleek handles to contrast against it – in this case, black. This allows the flooring to pop out against the wall while ensuring that all elements in your kitchen are working together.
Choosing kitchen cabinets
When it comes to choosing kitchen cabinets for your home in the midst of a renovation, there are many options to consider. Your choice will depend on budget, space, and personal taste. The best place to start is by selecting a style that suits the décor of your kitchen.
If you have a modern décor with lots of chrome and stainless steel, choosing traditional wooden cabinets may not work. You would want to select light oak or birch cabinets instead. If you are planning to keep the same type of flooring you currently have in your kitchen, this will also dictate what type of kitchen cabinets you buy.
Wooden flooring always goes well with wood cabinets, while laminate flooring works best with other cabinet styles, such as solid surfaces or composite boards. Another factor to consider is the amount of storage space you will require.
Backsplash tile ideas
Backsplash tiles are popular and highly versatile. There are many ways to use them in your kitchen when renovating, and it all depends on what look you are going for. Tiles can be used as an accent piece or as a focal point in the kitchen. They can be used to create a backsplash by themselves, or they can be combined with other materials like glass inserts, mirrors and metal.
The most popular material used in backsplash tiles is ceramic tile because of its durability and low maintenance. It’s inexpensive compared to other materials, and the patterns, textures, colours and styles are endless. Ceramic tiles come in different sizes, shapes, colours and finishes, so you have plenty of options to choose from when designing your kitchen backsplash.
Add a farmhouse sink
Decide on a style, size, and material for your farmhouse sink. The most important factor in choosing a sink is the amount of space available to you in your kitchen. There are many different styles of farmhouse sinks, from deep double sinks to single shallow basins.
Consider a compact version with two or three small basins instead of one large one if space is an issue. Also, consider where the water lines are located under the countertop before choosing a sink. Many older homes have copper piping that is not compatible with PVC pipe and requires additional steps to connect to PVC pipe.
You may want to select a luxury farmhouse sink that has built-in water supply lines because they tend to be more affordable than the professional installation of separate water lines. Farmhouse sinks are typically made with either porcelain or stainless steel as their base material, and you should consider how each material will look in your specific kitchen or bathroom setting.
Upgrade your appliances
Save on your home improvement expenses by updating your appliances along with the appearance of your kitchen. Stainless steel appliances are a popular choice for homeowners looking to update their kitchens, but they have a higher price than non-stainless steel appliances.
When it comes time to replace your refrigerator or dishwasher, consider going with stainless steel to get the look you want at an affordable price point. Stainless steel appliances are available in both refrigerator and dishwasher sizes and will help update the look of your kitchen without breaking your budget.