“The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the home: It’s a landing space for everything from homework and Zoom calls to craft projects and, of course, meal preparation. This means that it could benefit from a soothing color palette that helps keep your mind uncluttered (even when your cabinets aren’t)—but rich shades, on the other hand, create a sense of warmth and intimacy. Torn between the two? Get ready to take your pick: Both options are trending.” – marthastewart.com
Begin your kitchen remodeling journey with these insights:
- Evaluate whether to move your kitchen sink and appliances, or keep the layout as is for cost savings.
- Replace cabinets rather than refacing or repainting them; the incremental cost isn’t that much more.
- Study your current kitchen. What works? What doesn’t? Traffic flow? Bottlenecks?
- Assess whether to move doors, walls, windows, open up the ceiling, as increase the budget.
- Choose a design direction that meshes with the style of your home.
- Make function and practicality priorities.
- How about a roomy, single-basin sink with a tall out-of-the-way faucet?
- And/or a pot filler? Instead of filling pots at the sink and lugging them full of water to the stove, you can fill pots at the stove.
- Spec wider cabinet drawers to have room for more and larger cookware.
- Aim for timelessness.
- Gain ambience flexibility with recessed lighting.
- Make new countertops a focal point. Quartz is possibly the most durable.
- Plan for outlets on the perimeter and add a few on the island.
- Consider smart storage solutions like pantry systems & appliance garages.
- Research trends and must-haves for your wish list.
- Consult with a tried-and-true expert.