The kitchen is the heart of the home, and sometimes it needs a little renovating to bring it back to its former glory. Here are five kitchen remodeling ideas that will give you a return on investment, help you fall in love with your kitchen again, and allow you to stay within your budget.
When you walk into a kitchen, counters are usually the first thing you notice. Much like last year, a significant kitchen remodeling trend we’ll expect to see more of in 2020 will be old laminate countertops being upgraded to stone or natural wood. We love this trend because it’s not only beautiful, but can be done on a budget while increasing your home’s resale value.
Sinks are built to withstand a lot of wear and tear. Over the years however, damage becomes more visible and a simple sink replacement can make a drastic difference in the overall appearance of your kitchen.
Stainless steel sinks are easy on the budget, pair well with any style of counter, and are incredibly durable. Porcelain sinks are also a beautiful trending option for those of you who don’t expect to put too much hard wear on your sink.
Replacing Kitchen Hardware
If you want a project that won’t take up too much time but will still freshen up your kitchen, try updating your kitchen hardware. Who knew adding such small items like warm metallic gold and brass drawer pulls and cabinet knobs to a traditional kitchen could make such a big difference?
Freshen up Your Cabinets
While we don’t believe classic white cabinets will go out of style anytime soon, we do see it giving way to the trending two-tone look. Consider contrasting white upper cabinets with natural warm gray and blue tones on your lower cabinets.
For small kitchens, a great budget-friendly idea for the aspiring minimalist that will make the space more breathable is to remove the upper cabinets altogether, or install the much-loved open shelving concept.
Traditional kitchens tend to suffer from outdated lighting, which results in a lot of dark and patchy spots. Overhead fixtures do a great job of brightening up the entire space, while pendant lights lighten specific areas. The key to mixing and matching while still keeping a consistent look, is to choose at least one element such as the finish or the shape, and stay consistent with that element on each light.
Another great idea that deserves mention is placing LED lighting under or above your cabinets. There are many different shades and styles of lighting available, so you can pick a product that will match the warm or cool tones of your home.
With the help of these simple remodeling ideas, it’s easy to make your kitchen look bigger, brighter and updated while still staying on budget. Check out our gallery for more ideas and inspiration, and get excited to love your “new” kitchen again.