In many homes, kitchens are the center of activity, so remodeling this room can be daunting. It is easy to get swept away on the waves of the newest and most popular kitchen trends when you are designing your dream kitchen. To avoid being swept under, consider these three strategies for kitchen remodeling to keep things afloat.
- Avoid Over-Improving
Begin with a realistic budget. How much can you afford to invest in your kitchen improvements? Think about what things you truly need in your kitchen. Is a marble-topped island really necessary? Will you actually use a 10-bottle wine refrigerator? When setting a budget, remember to factor in your location. How likely are you to recoup your costs if you decide to sell your home? Be careful not to improve your house right out of the market for your neighborhood.
- Function Over Fashion
This is your family’s kitchen, not a Food Network set. It needs to work for you on a daily basis. For instance, if you want to add an island, maybe go with a simple butcher-block top instead of marble or granite. Think about triangular appliance placement. Having the stove, refrigerator and sink situated near one another in a triangle streamlines the preparation, cooking and cleaning process. In short, choose what works best for you over the latest trend in kitchen fashion.
- Light It Up
The right types of lighting in the right locations will make the room appear larger and brighter. Try task lighting underneath cabinets to light up countertop work areas. Install a pendant over a kitchen island and recessed lighting over sink areas. A simple, flush mount ceiling light over a table or seating area is also very effective.
The design experts at Kitchen Central can help you utilize each of these strategies to create the perfect kitchen for you and your family.