Kitchens are one of the most commonly renovated spaces in a home–and also one of the most expensive–so it’s important to consider all your options before tackling a project of any size. Whether you’re just sketching designs for your dream space or trying to plan a major remodel we’ve got kitchen ideas and tips to get you from start to finish. No two kitchens are the same. Not all are large and flooded with natural light and original hardwood floors, but some of the same guiding principles apply regardless of what your space looks like. Kitchen remodels on average cost more than $50,000 and getting a good return on investment means the space should be intentional: bright, clean and classic.
A good place to start when approaching a kitchen renovation is to ask yourself what you want out of the room and why you want to change it in the first place. Do you have an outdated kitchen that requires a total overhaul? Are the materials dated and just need an update? Can you do it yourself? Are you looking for easy fixes to breath new life into your space? Once you’ve identified the problems in your kitchen, determine what your budget is and decide if you’re going to do the work yourself or hire a contractor.
If it’s the latter consult our seven essential tips for hiring a contractor, however, even if you go that route, you’ll still want to be able to articulate your own kitchen design ideas, from the floors to the walls. Before starting a kitchen remodel, or any other type of big project in your home, be informed about things like building codes and permits and watch out for these 10 things not to do. In the kitchen especially, think about the details and don’t make these 10 remodeling mistakes like ignoring lighting and ventilation or wasting potential storage space.
We’ve broken down all the elements of a renovation and pulled together our top kitchen ideas into the ultimate guide that will help you create your best kitchen yet.
With all the different kinds of paint on the market, choosing a color or shade can be overwhelming. Generally speaking, white and off-white are the most popular kitchen color ideas according to the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association. The good news is that paint color is easily changeable so if you want a bold statement wall then paint is a better way to do that than tile (which is more expensive and harder to swap out). To start, here are 10 things to think about when considering color in your kitchen (and if you’ve never painted before check out our primer on things to know). Warmer colors like red are thought to stimulate appetite while white offers a clean, fresh aesthetic. Choosing a monochromatic color palette, where you base the whole color scheme off of one main color, is another popular option. Creating a design where colors and textures are cohesive from the floor to the ceiling can be challenging so simplify the design process by choosing an all white kitchen. Nearly every material comes in white (and white appliances are now updated and back in style) and look through our favorite 50 white kitchen ideas for inspiration. If you’re on the fence about an all white kitchen browse through our list of quick tips to impress when using the color white in your space.
Cabinets end up taking up to one-third of renovation budgets on average. They are a high impact element of design and have the potential to really anchor the space. Though replacing all of your cabinetry can deliver a large return on investment, doing so can be extremely expensive. There are other ways to revamp cabinets whether that’s by adding lighting, new hardware or a fresh coat of paint. From refacing to replacing we’ve collected different kitchen cabinet ideas for budget-friendly ways to breath life into old cabinetry to more modern styles.
There are a number of different considerations when it comes to choosing a material for your kitchen floor. Does the space get a lot of traffic? Is your budget tight? Consider our tips for selecting a material for your floors, which will help you choose what works best for your space. Hardwood floors are desirable and provide a classic look, but can be replicated by laminate which is a much cheaper alternative. There are a number of different pros and cons to consider when deciding between laminate and hardwoods, the main advantage being that laminate costs up to 50% less than hardwood. Materials like cork and bamboo, among others, are economically friendly kitchen flooring ideas that are good for green design.
Like flooring, choosing a kitchen countertop is based on a number of different factors, from look and feel to cost and maintenance. A range of materials can be used for countertops, such as granite, marble, glass, stainless steel and engineered quartz. Tile can also be used in different places–from the backsplash to the floor to the counter–and we have 6 tips for choosing the perfect tile application for your kitchen. For a primer on materials, from classic to obscure, browse our guide to 10 trending kitchen counter materials.
Including an island in your kitchen renovation is a huge benefit in securing resale value. According to a recent survey, 70% of buyers want an island in their kitchen, and of those, 50% consider it a must-have item. There are many advantages to having a kitchen island, from extra seating and food prep area to additional storage space. Since a kitchen island is a smart element in any kitchen design, we’ve assembled 60 kitchen island ideas to browse through, from integrating appliances to utilizing the ceiling space above. A good rule of thumb is to allow for at least 36-48 inches between the perimeter of the island the surrounding cabinets so there’s enough room for people to move around. If you’re not sure what you want, look through our 30 favorite modern takes on kitchen islands.
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