7 Ways to Remodel Your Kitchen

It's likely that you've thought about remodeling your kitchen, especially if the cabinets, flooring, and lighting are starting to look worn or dated. If you're tired of looking at scuffed flooring or light fixtures from the 80's, then take a peek at these seven remodeling tips.


1. Counter Tops

Fresh, shimmering new counter tops are invaluable to many homeowners. But if you're thinking about installing new ones, you have a vast array of options to choose from. For instance, you could choose Corian, Formica, marble, quartz, butcher block, granite, or several other materials. When you are trying to decide what to install, think about the way you live relative to your budget. Formica is inexpensive, but it also doesn't have the luster that many natural stones have. Natural stones, such as granite and marble, are beautiful in their shine and veining, but they are also more expensive and require more maintenance. For a few extra tips, visit HGTV.



2. Lighting

Well-chosen lighting is one of the keys to beautiful, functional kitchens. Without appropriate lighting, you’ll find it difficult to work, and will likely be unable to appreciate the beauty of your floors. If you are thinking about updating your kitchen, consider each of the areas in which you will need light. Then, look at what different types of lights are designed for.



3. Cabinets

If your cabinets are outdated or worn, consider refinishing them. Cabinets tend to be an expensive component to the kitchen, so if the construction is still solid, you might be able to paint or stain them. If they are starting to wear to the point that you can't just refinish them, or if they are not as functional for the space as you would like them to be, you can consider either custom or store-bought cabinets.


4. Flooring

Like counter tops, there are several options to consider when you are choosing flooring. You can choose hardwood, tile, stone, or many different types of hardwood engineered or laminate. Again, like counter tops, you will want to consider which options will be the best for your lifestyle and budget.


5. Appliances

If you are thinking about updating your refrigerator, it might be time to get a new dishwasher, stove, and microwave to match. Most people prefer one color of appliances throughout the kitchen to add a level of cohesion. Stainless steel is still a popular option, but you can also choose black or even a newer version of the white appliances that you already have. Function and reliability are key when choosing new appliances, so don't just think about aesthetics. You should also choose appliances that have a history of reliability and have the features that will make your life easier.

6. Layout

If you've always wanted to change the layout of your kitchen to make cooking easier, you should really do it when you are changing your counter tops and flooring. Say that you've always wanted a breakfast bar. If you want to avoid problems with matching counter tops later, then you should do it all at the same time. Consider your space and draw out a diagram or talk to a professional for advice.


7. Cabinet Hardware

Like appliances, most people want all the metal hardware in their kitchen to match. Matching the finish is the most important part, but you'll also want all the pieces to match in style. If you choose very sleek cabinet pulls, an ornate pocket door handle can look out of place. You'll also likely want the style of hardware to match the style of the lighting fixtures.

There are numerous materials and design options to choose from when you are remodeling your kitchen. You can choose to update certain elements at a time, or you can save up for the big remodel and do it all at once. Whatever your plans are, feel free to stop by our showroom located in down town Boise or contact us, the Design Center of Boise, for your next remodeling project.

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