8 Kitchen Remodeling Tips

A kitchen renovation can completely change the look and feel of your kitchen. It’s also a major project so it’s important that you have a plan. You need to consider what you need the most and what you can live without. That means having a workable and realistic budget. That means planning right down to the drawer pulls and the colours you want. It’s important that you have a complete plan before you even get started. Here are a few tips on how to get started on your kitchen remodel.

Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget

A new kitchen is one of the most expensive home improvement projects. That’s why your budget is so important. You need to look at your budget and stick to it. That will require research.Make a list of all the features you want and then find out where you can get them for the best price. Then, you will need to decide which areas you are willing to compromise on and those that you simply don’t want to give up.

Spend wisely and invest in quality where you need it most. You can cut back on costs in other areas that won’t matter as much. Think about the kitchen you have now and the improvements that you want the most.

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Colour Matching when Remodeling your Kitchen

Once you decide on your colour scheme, you can start working around that and it becomes much easier to find the pieces and materials you like. Start with two complementary primary colours and work from there. Start with the countertops. Your countertops are often the centre of attention in your kitchen. From there you can add backsplash, floors, and cabinets that will match or offset in your chosen colours. 

You can add a third colour for accents as you go. The beauty of having a colour scheme is that you can change the accent colours over the years to give your kitchen a slightly different look.

Backsplash Should Be Functional and Stylish 

Your backsplash is there to protect your wall, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also look fantastic. Avoid materials that are difficult to clean or that will become damaged by grease or water. Your backsplash is at the same level as your counter so you can use the same type of materials for an extension of your counter. This will give it a seamless look or use something slightly darker or lighter to get more space and texture.

Many kitchen remodeling ideas for backsplash are to match it with the tiles on the floor. Be careful not to go too wild with the colours or patterns as they can overwhelm the rest of the kitchen.

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Consider Lighting Options

Lighting is another feature that you need to consider when you are having a kitchen makeover. You need to have several options of lighting in your kitchen to work for all the various activities that go on there.  Ambient light is the main light and can be from natural light with ceiling or wall lights. Task lighting is often created with under counter lights, hanging ceiling lights over tables and islands, and track lights.

You will also want smaller lights, over the stove, under cabinets, or even near the floor. Smaller adjustable lights give mood and style, plus lead you through at night or add a bit of warmth in the dark when the kitchen is not in use.

Wood Flooring Alternatives

While wood floors look fantastic, they are not always ideal for kitchens. They require a lot of maintenance and can become damaged easily from heavy traffic and spills. You can choose tile floors instead. Ceramic floors are durable and are available in any colour or style you want. Ceramic tile won’t stain, leak, or fade and will last for many years. 

Vinyl or laminate are extremely popular, affordable and are an excellent alternative to wood. These flooring options can mimic the look of more expensive floors for a fraction of the price and durability.

Consider Painting Cabinets 

Another great tip for kitchen remodeling is to paint your kitchen cabinets rather than replace them. If your kitchen cabinets are still in great condition, just paint them to match your new kitchen.

Choose a paint that can be wiped down and is durable. Look for the colour you want in gloss, semi-gloss, or satin finishes. Make sure your existing cabinets can be painted at all.

New Kitchen Appliances

Why have a kitchen makeover but still keep your old appliances? Instead, you can consider purchasing new smart appliances for your kitchen. A kitchen renovation is the best time to consider new appliances you may need to upgrade. Smart appliances are great for making your life easier. You can set them to run when it is ideal. Turn the oven to turn on before you get home, run the dishwasher during off-peak times, and even ask your refrigerator if you need milk.

You will save money with energy-efficient appliances and they will make your new kitchen look modern and sleek. They can tell you how much energy they use and even provide helpful tips.

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Use Counter Space Wisely 

If you are renovating with limited space, try to free up as much counter space as possible.  Make extra space between the stove and the fridge, with cabinet space above for all the ingredients you use the most. 

Have a special cabinet for your small appliances to keep them off your counter and consider adding extra counter space or even an island. An island can be movable to make it more convenient.

Contact Us

If you are considering a kitchen reno, trust the professionals at Top Home Builders. We work with you to ensure you achieve the kitchen of your dreams. 

We understand your budget and will work to make sure we stick to it with no hidden costs or fees. At Top Home Builders, we are a full-service company and take care of all the jobs ourselves. Call us first for your next kitchen renovation!