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10 Quick Tips for an Elegant Kitchen Remodel

May 4, 2017 at midnight

Whether you’re looking to sell your home or just improving it for your own benefit, kitchen remodels offer some of the best returns on investment. Because kitchens are usually one of the most prominent and frequented spaces in a house, an outmoded kitchen can date the entire home's décor. To keep current, kitchens need far more facelifts than bedrooms and dens. Here are several tips that will elevate any kitchen upgrade -- whether you are remodeling from the ground up or only want to make a few touch ups.

Retain the original footprint: By keeping the overall structure and plumbing the same, you can save a lot of time and money, and honor the organic style of your home. While new layouts can seem contemporary, the original design connects more intrinsically to the home and looks more natural.

Use recycled materials: Recycled materials are unique and reasonably priced. For example, sellers often have extra, irregularly cut granite that they sell discounted. While these slabs may be too small for large projects, they are often perfect for kitchen spaces. Additionally, you can find older hardware in second-hand shops, which can be restored as antiques.

Try new floor over linoleum: If your existing linoleum or tile is secure, then you can install tile, hardwood planks, decorative concrete, or new vinyl flooring directly over an older floor. Installing directly over the original floor saves money and the challenges of completely eradicating the previous floor.

Update with a backsplash: If you’re not interested in making radical changes but want to update a kitchen’s look, you may want to try a contemporary backsplash. A new backsplash can add a dash of color to a more monochromatic look or can update an older color palette.

Install under the counter lighting: Cabinets can block light and make kitchen counters seem much darker. While older fluorescent lights often emitted an almost discomforting and badly diffused glow, current LEDs can give the space a beautiful warm or cooler tone.

Replace cabinet fronts: If you would like to remodel but don’t see yourself buying entirely new cabinets, you can exchange your cabinet doors or fronts for a cost-effective new look. New doors can update the cut or inlay of the cabinets without spending large amounts on entirely new cabinetry.

Try new cabinet hinges and pulls: If you are going to update your cabinet doors (or even if you’re not), you may want to update your hinges and pulls. Cabinet pulls can look dated very quickly, especially ones that are exceptionally ornate. If you want to get pulls that will last, aim for elegant, simple styles with traditional metal finishes. However, pulls are also an inexpensive way to add personal flair.

Remember to include storage space: To keep a kitchen looking new and elegant, you’ll want to minimize clutter. Contemporary kitchens are more minimalist, even those with open shelves or on-the-counter appliances. Storage is something that never goes out of style.

Paint: Of course, one of the easiest ways to update an outdated look is to paint. Not only can you paint the walls, but you can also add life to old cabinets with a new paint job.

Resist low quality items: In general, strive for quality over quantity. Even if you can only do one or two areas well, that’s much better than renovating the whole kitchen cheaply. Cheap kitchen renovations tend to look shoddy at best and degrade fast. By investing in quality, your kitchen will reflect the time, effort and money you put into the remodel.

Remember the kitchen can make or break the décor of a house; it's best to consider a remodeling effort that will augment your current style and fit with the architecture of your home.


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