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Kitchen renovation is an important aspect of home décor. You may want your kitchen to look unique and stylish but may not be aware of the several available options. Here are some useful kitchen renovation ideas which will help you renovate your kitchen the proper way.
You will find kitchens in several different patterns, forms, sizes, and shapes. Here are some important things you need to keep in mind when you design your kitchen.
Kitchen renovation step-by-step
1. Decide on a budget
You must first fix the budget for remodeling your kitchen. You can estimate the cost of kitchen renovation by researching numerous online websites. You will come across many cheap kitchen renovation options and you should select an option which will suit you best.
2. Decide on a contractor
You must see what services the different kitchen contractors have to offer. You can then select a contractor who offers the best services at the cheapest price. You may even check several online forums to get an idea from the user reviews. Also, don’t forget to ask for references.
3. Make a plan
Decide whether you want minimalistic or modern kitchen interiors. Plan where you would like to have the shelves and cabinets installed in the kitchen. See how you can maximize the available free space in the kitchen. You must also plan the colors and shades you would like to use in the kitchen. You can prepare a kitchen renovation checklist which will help you easily plan and organize.
4. Research your options
You must go through the several different kitchen renovation ideas. You can see many different forms of kitchen renovations. You have to concentrate on every trivial aspect. Here are some suggestions.
You must select a kitchen flooring which is easy to clean and which looks good. You may opt for dull or dark shades for the flooring as the kitchen
floors are more prone to getting stained. A combination of hard wood and ceramic tile is very popular today because it has a modern look and both can be cleaned easily. You can even use area rugs to protect the kitchen flooring, although this is not typical in a kitchen. You must select rugs made from materials which are fire resistant and which are easily cleaned.
You must know that lighting has a great impact on the appearance of the kitchen décor. You can either opt for recessed lighting or exposed lighting. You may even select a combination of different types of lighting. Select lighting which will improve the appearance of your kitchen and that will properly illuminate work areas making the job of meal preparation a lot easier.
You need to select the appliances for your kitchen wisely. You should consider appliances which consume less energy. Energy-efficiency is not only the green way to go but will save you a lot of money going forward. You’ll be amazed at the difference in your electric bill if you replace that old refrigerator with an energy-efficient model.
You should also decide what colors you have to use on your kitchen walls. Colors also have an impact on your appetite. If you use cool colors for your kitchen, it can lower your appetite. Colors like blue, grey and teal tend to reduce your appetite. If you opt for warm colors, they can make you hungry. Colors like red, yellow, orange and bright green can make you hungry.
5. Do simple kitchen renovations yourself
You may not always need to rely on professionals to renovate the kitchen interiors. There are some simple do it yourself kitchen renovations which you can do all by yourself.
- Paint or wallpaper
Painting or wallpapering your kitchen walls can save a decent amount of money. Don’t neglect your kitchen ceilings. If you don’t have a sparkling ceiling, it will detract from the rest of your kitchen renovation.
Believe it or not, a kitchen backsplash is one of the most important aspects of your kitchen décor. If it is done right, it will pop when you walk into your kitchen. There are various backsplash options from which you can choose. You could use a washable paint or wallpaper, use metal sheets like tin, copper, or stainless steel, or install glass or ceramic tiles. A backsplash can tie in the rest of the colors of your kitchen and you will be amazed at the difference a properly-installed backsplash can make to your kitchen.
Common mistakes in renovating a kitchen
People usually make many common mistakes in designing as well as renovating their kitchens. Here we have listed a few of them.
- Improper layout
If you have an improper kitchen layout, it may make your kitchen congested and will not allow you to work properly and efficiently in this space. Pay attention to the working triangle which is the triangle created by the three pivot points of the refrigerator, the stove, and your preparation area such as a kitchen island. A proper kitchen layout should be given priority.
- Improper use of storage space
You need to plan the storage space properly. The storage areas should be easily accessible. You must allocate a place for everything. Adding some effective kitchen cabinet organizers and kitchen drawer organizers will make a huge difference in the functionality of this space.
- Spending too much on high-end appliances
Unless you want to make a particular appliance the centerpiece of your kitchen, it may make more sense to spread that money around on all of your appliances. You can easily spend thousands of dollars on a top flight range but you could save a lot and buy a double oven range for a lot less money and it will add a lot of functionality. It may be nice to have 6 burners with a high-end stove but it may make more sense to purchase a stove with two ovens that will allow you to prepare multiple dishes simultaneously. They come in the same size as the regular single ovens so you don’t need a bigger footprint in your kitchen.
A double oven range comes in handy when you are having a party or if you just need a place to heat up appetizers while the main dish is in the other main oven. The money that you could save on a high-end appliance could be spent to upgrade other appliances so that they are energy-efficient and long-lasting.
Kitchen renovation is a big project. Proper planning, choosing the right contractor, and doing some of the work yourself is a great way to make this undertaking a worthwhile experience. I hope you consider these kitchen renovation ideas before you start this project. When you are done you will be chomping at the bit to break open that cookbook and whip up your favorite meal!
This guest article was written by Matt Walker who is a veteran writer who loves writing on home decor niche. He is currently writing articles for rugsandblinds on a variety home decor categories.