Got a dated, cramped, dark kitchen? Are you gearing up to refresh, revitalize, and reenergize the most-used room in your home?
If this is the case, we have lots of fun kitchen design ideas for you that will help turn your inconvenient kitchen into the cooking and baking haven you’ve always wanted. Here are some stylish options for kitchen remodeling that may just take the heart of your home to the next level.
Stylish Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for Any Budget
Add Open Shelving
To literally and figuratively open up a small kitchen, or add some pizazz to what would otherwise be a wall of cabinets, add some shelving at upper cabinet height. For a modern kitchen, choose floating shelves. A more traditional kitchen calls for decorative brackets or elegant braces made of wood or metal.
Shelves add interest and more visual space to a kitchen. They also provide a handy place to store prized dishware, teapots, cookbooks, stemware, or a collection that will make your kitchen more distinctly “you.”
Replace Old Appliances
One of the easiest remodeling ideas is to replace your old, dated, worn-out appliances. This instantly helps modernize the space, bringing it into the 21st century. You may not think getting rid of your oven from the ‘90s or your avocado green refrigerator from the ‘70s will make much of a difference, but imagine sleek stainless steel in their place, and you’ll get the picture.
One mistake that you don’t want to make is forgetting to cast your gaze to the ceiling during your kitchen remodel. Neglecting the ceiling is a missed opportunity to add some interest and personality to your space.
Ideas for reviving the ceiling might include painting it a tone that matches the color scheme, painting it a color to make the room feel more expansive (pale blue and gray are reminiscent of the sky, for instance), adding decorative details like crown molding or ceiling tiles that mimic antique tin ceilings, or even adding a subtle, stenciled pattern.
For a look of effortless sophistication, consider mixing materials and finishes in your kitchen. Wood; metal finishes like nickel, brass, gold, copper, and steel; ceramic tile; brick; glass; stone like granite or marble; and textured plaster are all great options for a kitchen. Not only are these finishes sturdy, they will wear well and look timeless. Try mixing up your choices for flooring, backsplashes, faucets, light fixtures, cabinet finishes, and countertops.
Create Extra Workspace in Your Kitchen Design
“I don’t need more counter space,” said no one, ever. Ample spots for food prep, space for small appliances like coffee makers and blenders, and extra places to eat or do homework are what make a kitchen comfortable and convenient, not to mention the hub of your home.
With this in mind, consider an island in your kitchen design. Even if your space is on the diminutive side, a small island on wheels can be an incredibly convenient addition – pull it out when you need more prep space or an impromptu table, store extra kitchen gadgets and cookware in it, and wheel it out of the way when you need more space.
Larger kitchens, of course, can handle a big, stationary island with lots of cabinets or drawers underneath, shelves for display or storage, an overhang for pulling up stools, and plenty of that coveted extra counter space.
To really create a kitchen with a wow-factor, choose one element to take to the next level. If you have an island, paint the cabinets a fun color. If your kitchen is completely neutral, choose a bold, patterned tile floor. If you’d rather make the lighting the star of the room, choose something unique, grand, or modern that will also function as art.
The key to keeping the look from being too much, or too crazy, is to choose one bold color, one bold element, or one point of interest, and keep the rest of the room calm and toned-down.
Don’t Be Afraid to Put Your Stamp on Kitchen Design Ideas
Interior remodeling can be a scary venture if you don’t know what style you’re after.
Before making any big decisions, pinpoint what you like in kitchens and what you don’t. Think about the types of homes that make you feel comfortable, and the types you want to leave the second you step foot through the front door. When making choices, follow your gut and what appeals to your taste. This is the recipe for a winning kitchen that you’ll love to cook and hang out in for years and years to come.
For expert guidance with all of your interior remodeling needs, including creating the kitchen of your dreams, choose our services at Iron River Construction.
Contact Iron River Construction today to get started on your kitchen remodeling project.