Many homeowners dream of a kitchen remodel. In a practical sense, it’s one of the most valuable remodels you can do in a home. It will raise the property value, which is always nice. But much more importantly, a good remodel makes your kitchen into the space you really want. It brings a sense of satisfaction and peace of mind. It also helps you cook at your highest level, and everyone enjoys that. If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, these ideas can help.
Open It Up
Open kitchens are still here in a big way. If you’re going for the total remodel, you can knock down walls and do it all. You can add an island that increases counter space and storage. A major redesign opens up options for kitchen aesthetics. We’re talking about the most complete remodel that you can do with a kitchen. It lets you rethink the space and get exactly what you want. At the same time, the potential for improving functionality is almost endless. Opening a closed kitchen is popular because you have so much freedom with it.
Contrast Wood and Stone
If you aren’t looking to spend $10,000 or more on a complete remodel, there are focused changes you can make that still have a massive impact. Everyone thinks about how to contrast the backsplash with the counters and/or the cabinets, but too few really think about contrasting the cabinets and counters directly.
You can use a light stone color with dark wood cabinets to really give the eyes a feast. You can invert it and use dark stone with light wood. You have tons of options, but when you contrast the counters and cabinets, your kitchen will gain visual impact. This is how you steer into the sleek look or country home style or any other aesthetic idea that excites you.
Combine Open Shelving With Cabinets
Open shelving became all the rage a few years back. It hasn’t completely disappeared, but it has lost some steam. One of the major reasons is that open shelving feels less practical. You can stuff a cabinet full of items, and it doesn’t look bad. You also won’t be so worried about anything falling off of the cabinet.
Still, open shelving looks amazing, and in some cases, it is the more functional option. So why not have the best of both worlds? You can hybridize open shelving and cabinets. Keep most of your cabinets and then designate a spot for shelves and/or hanging racks. You get easy access to the things you use the most like pans or coffee mugs. When you plan it correctly, the space feels a little more open, but you still have your strong cabinet aesthetic and get the usefulness of both kinds of storage.
Garage Your Appliances
Every kitchen counter has some appliances that sit on it forever. It’s usually a KitchenAid or a coffee pot, but plenty of other appliances can grow roots on the counter too. If that feels cluttered, there’s an easy solution. Make a garage for your appliances on the counter. They live in the same space and are just as accessible, but you get to hide them behind cabinetry that matches the rest of the kitchen. You can eliminate the feeling of clutter and make everything look nice and neat.
Get Clever With Islands
Having enough counter space is a common challenge in modern kitchens. You need room to work in order to cook your best meals, but there are a ton of items that want to live on the counters and steal the space. When you have limited floor space in your kitchen, clever island designs are your best friend.
Instead of putting a rectangle in the middle of the kitchen, you can add a curve to one side. This increases the countertop space considerably without eating into the floor plan. You can get even more creative and use a cut-out design on the island. This gives you full access to every inch of the countertop so it’s more useful when cooking. There are unlimited design ideas that can improve your counter space in an efficient way. A clever kitchen remodel can completely transform the space and even the whole house. You’ll need resources for the project, and when it comes to counters and flooring, Wholesale Granite Direct is your best bet. We can even handle the entire kitchen remodeling process for you so that you get the kitchen of your dreams. Contact us today or come by one of our showrooms, located in Arlington, Richardson, and Granbury. You’ll see more options than you can imagine, and we’re confident that one of them will be perfect for your new kitchen.