Remodeling costs can be high; granite countertops, custom cabinets, and kitchen design services can add up. If you don't have room in your budget for a full-scale renovation, consider making a few simple upgrades that can make a significant impact.
1. Replace Outdated Appliances
Kitchen appliances serve an essential purpose. They store and transform ingredients into delicious meals. If your kitchen appliances look like they have seen better days, consider upgrading them.
You will find a vast selection of stainless steel appliance packages. If you're looking for a pop of color, consider new finishes such as black stainless steel, Whirlpool Sunset Bronze, Samsung's Tuscan Brass, or Cafe Modern Glass finishes.
New appliances come with some outstanding features. Induction cooktops and ranges are super fast and easy to clean. Convection ovens with air fry mode provide a healthier way to prepare convenience foods. Many fridges have convertible fridge-to-freezer compartments for added flexibility. '
Many kitchen appliances can be Wi-fi connected with more functionality. You can operate your washer, dryer, or dishwasher from your phone or smart speaker. Explore new recipes with your smart oven's step-by-step cooking apps. Smart appliances can also detect problems and will notify you if your product needs attention.
2. Task and Decorative Lighting
Kitchen lighting can make a huge difference. Task lighting is critical. You want to make sure you have enough light in the room to see what you are doing when preparing meals. Recessed lights are ideal, but you might want to consider bright LED flush mounts or track lighting for older homes and vaulted ceilings.
Don't forget to decorate! Decorative light fixtures give your kitchen personality. Sleek modern pendant lights, linear chandeliers, and even a well-placed crystal chandelier can make your kitchen feel more like home.
3. Upgrade Your Kitchen Faucet
Your use your kitchen faucet frequently. Kitchen faucets are essential for cooking, cleaning, rinsing - you get the picture. Your faucet is undoubtedly a functional part of your kitchen, but it can be beautiful too.
Faucets come in all shapes, sizes, and finishes. This year, we saw many clients opt for polished chrome, matte black, luxurious rose gold, and warm copper tones.
The gooseneck pull-down faucets are trendy. Decorative bridge faucets and side-spraying faucets bring farmhouse charm to any space. Today's faucets have some outstanding features, including touch-free operation, filtered water, instant hot water, or even instant sparkling water.
4. Painted Cabinets
If your kitchen cabinets are in good shape, consider keeping them. A fresh coat of white paint, or perhaps a trendy ocean blue will give your existing cabinets a much-needed facelift. You can even buy a premade kitchen island or portable cart for added prep space.
If you have a lot of storage, consider replacing your upper cabinets with open shelving. Open shelves provide easy access to frequently used items, brighten the space, and provide an opportunity for decorative fixtures.
5. Decorative Hardware
Upgrading your cabinet hardware can make a big difference. You can buy new cabinet pulls and do the installation yourself for a fresh new look. When selecting a hardware finish, consider your appliances’ color, light fixtures, and faucet for a cohesive look.
It's also perfectly acceptable to mix and match metals in your kitchen. This year we saw many clients select hammered metals, brass, oil-rubbed bronze, and even matte black hardware finishes.
As a pro tip - some appliances have an option for custom hardware too! Check out the Cafe Customizable Professional Collection, True Residential, or Bluestar for some really cool customization options!