Renovating your kitchen may seem like a daunting task (and it can be). But taking the time to update and upgrade your space won’t just give you a more attractive kitchen. It’ll also increase the value of your home and make it more functional to live in. Of course, if you want to get the biggest boost in value and function from your kitchen renovation, you need to focus on the right elements in the space. Here are 5 key things to change during your next kitchen renovation:
You may not notice your current kitchen floor much. But you can bet that your guests do when they come over for a visit. That’s why updating your kitchen floor is one of the best ways to give the room a facelift. These days, you don’t have to stick to tile floors. Depending on the durability and look you’re going for, you can consider hardwood, natural stone, or even cork. You can also place planks or tiles in strategic ways to create patterns or unique geometric designs.
Your kitchen cabinet hardware may not be as immediately noticeable as your kitchen floor. But when you want to get the most out of your kitchen renovation, it pays off to focus on the details. So even if you don’t plan on changing your kitchen cabinets, consider upgrading your cabinet hardware. It may not seem like much, but swapping your current hardware for new knobs or handles can transform the look of your cabinets.
When selecting new hardware, be sure to consider appearance and function. A knob or handle may look appealing. But if it makes a cabinet hard to open, you’ll regret choosing it down the road.
Another great way to upgrade your space during a kitchen renovation is to change your countertop. When selecting a new countertop, you may be tempted to make a decision based on looks alone. But remember that your countertop is a key surface in your kitchen. It’s where you chop veggies, roll out dough, and carve that turkey. And you can bet that sooner or later, you’ll drop a knife or spill tomato sauce on it. For this reason, it pays off to consider durability too.
Unless you don’t use your kitchen much, select a countertop that can stand the test of time and looks great too. For example, instead of installing a marble countertop, which will be highly porous, consider a quartz countertop that looks like marble.
Contemporary light fixtures are all the rage these days. But just like with your countertop, selecting the right lighting during your kitchen renovation isn’t just about finding a fixture that looks good. It’s also about making sure that your kitchen is properly lit. In particular, it’s important to have proper lighting in areas of your kitchen where you eat and work. You want to have adequate lighting anywhere someone will be using a knife. And when you can see eating and work surfaces properly, you’ll be more likely to spot crumbs and spills.
Treating yourself to a new backsplash may not be the first item on your list when you do a kitchen renovation. But there’s a reason why changing your backsplash is one of the best ways to update your space: it’s one of the first parts of your kitchen a guest or home buyer will see. Dramatically change the look of your kitchen by replacing an outdated backsplash with a newer one. These days, you’ll have lots of options to choose from no matter what type of overall look you’re going for.
Prioritize the right items during your kitchen renovation
When you renovate your kitchen, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed about what you can keep as is and what you should change. To get the best bang for your buck, focus on the 5 elements of your kitchen that we identified above. Even if you change just one or two of them, they can transform your space and impress both home buyers and guests.
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