When people are asked which room in their home they would update first, the kitchen is by far the top choice. And this makes perfect sense! Old appliances, sinks, and countertops, make food preparation more of a chore than it is in modern kitchens. Beyond this, people spend large amounts of time in their kitchens, cooking, eating, and cleaning up. The kitchen often becomes the social center of the home, where family members gather to talk or linger after a meal. Outdated, drab kitchens, with old furnishings and décor, are not pleasant places to be! Here are some tips if you are making plans to modernise your kitchen.
First off, develop a budget for the project. If money is no object, then tear everything out to the studs, toss out all the appliances and furniture, and design the kitchen of your dreams from scratch! Doesn’t that sound like fun? If this is not an option, then a budget will help make key decisions.
Next, make a list of the priority needs in the kitchen. Are the problems more aesthetic or functional? If the kitchen functions poorly, then modern kitchens can be created by replacing appliances, sinks and plumbing, or perhaps by adding a work island that makes preparing foods more convenient. Your budget will guide you in your decisions regarding appliances, as prices vary greatly, based on quality and features. Whatever you are able to do, the updates will be greatly appreciated, because modern kitchens take much of the stress out of the tasks performed there.
Where the problems centre more on the look of the room, then there are a myriad of options and choices. When finances are tight, modern kitchens can still be achieved with inexpensive flooring, new curtains, or refaced cabinet doors. A fresh coat of paint, or new wallpaper, will provide an inexpensive update, too. If the budget is larger, look at replacing cabinets, countertops, and lighting. You may also want to choose a higher grade of flooring, such as a commercial vinyl or a quality hardwood floor. Ceramic tile is also an excellent choice for kitchens, because it is easily cleaned, stands up well to traffic and furniture, is long lasting, and comes in a wonderfully array of colors and styles.
When pondering your project, get as many ideas ahead of time as you can. A simple way to do this is to pick up magazines that focus on the home, and peruse them to see what styles you find attractive. Browse sites online that feature modern kitchens. Visit home remodeling stores. Many will have large display areas where you will be able to view appliances and décor options. The sales consultants will also prove a wealth of knowledge. If you are going to be purchasing items from the store, these consultants may also make a visit to your home to provide more exact advice.
Modern kitchens not only increase your home’s value, they are a practical way to give your home greater utility and comfort!