The kitchen is one of the most important two rooms in your home, along with the bathroom, and remodeling your kitchen can add a lot of value to your home, potentially giving you up to a 100 percent return on your investment. Before you even begin any remodeling you should ask yourself whether you need more storage room, a bigger room or simply a change in decor. Determining the reason for your remodeling will help to make the process easier and ensure that your money and time is well spent.
One thing to remember is to keep the kitchen decor in a neutral color, which makes it more appealing when it is time to sell your home. Most potential buyers want to have a neutral color scheme and a blank slate on which to impose their own taste and style. Another useful strategy is to draw or sketch a plan on paper, so you have a better idea of what you are trying to achieve. If you have always wanted a kitchen island, for example, try to plan around that, although you should also ensure any design is both practical and useful. A kitchen island can be a useful source of both counter space and storage space, as well as being a natural focal point for any kitchen. An island makes a convenient place to sit and have a snack or cup of coffee, even do homework. When planning your new look kitchen, you should also make sure it matches the rest of your home, whether it is contemporary or has a more old-fashioned look. Some kitchen islands are available in different shapes and you are not limited to the standard square shape.
Of course, you should also try to budget your remodeling and be realistic about how much you can spend. A few simple changes can be almost as effective and can cost less than a full kitchen makeover. Painting your kitchen is a simple and affordable way to create a new look and choosing matching colors is an effective way to add dimension and depth to the kitchen walls. Countertops and cabinets tend to stand out more if you use neutral colors, while a deeper color will add a stylish and rich look.
Cabinets can be refaced, rather than replaced altogether, another way to save money and time. Try to pick a cabinet color that matches the rest of your kitchen decor and you should have your paint color picked out before deciding on cabinet colors. Repainting or restaining your existing kitchen cabinets is easy and affordable, and replacing the drawer and door fronts is also an easy solution for a new look. You may need to buy veneers for the base of the cabinets to match the color scheme in the kitchen.
Updating appliances is a big step and you will want to decide whether they will be hidden from view or in plain view. Some appliances can actually blend in with cabinets and decor and come with a front panel that can be changed; if you are considering this type of appliance, try to coordinate your panels and cabinet fronts.
Updating or replacing lighting can be an easy way to create a new look for your kitchen, and pendant lighting will provide both an updated and intimate look. Pendant lighting is also available in a variety of colors. Another lighting options is LED lighting, which will save you money as it typically lasts up to thirty times longer than regular lighting. LED lights are also good for the environment, as they emit less carbon and contain no mercury.
Make sure that you actually like your new look kitchen, especially if you are going to be in your house for several more years. You do not want to redecorate every couple of years!