Kitchen Remodeling Ideas
We really need to consider the purpose of the kitchen when remodeling the busiest room in the house. We may spend so much time thinking about palettes of color and lights, that we forget the main purpose of the kitchen. A kitchen remodel really needs to be thought about and planned long and hard.
In most houses the kitchen is the central focal point, and many of the normal day to day interaction between family members will take place there. Of course the main point of that room is that its the campfire, the place that meals are prepared.
With lots of care and thought given to a new layout for your kitchen, the living and cooking in that busiest of rooms can be improved. Whilst thinking about colors and materials, we must not forget to consider function, form, space and layout, to ensure that the cooking experience is not hindered in any way.
As with any remodeling project, making a major update to your kitchen needs to be well thought out. You really need to do your homework and see what is available that will meet your needs. Use magazines for pictures and ideas to see how others have organised their work spaces in the kitchen
Although a kitchen remodel can be expensive, it doesnt have to be. That really depends how creative and how hands on and skilled you are prepared to be. For example if you cant afford to create an expensive tiled backsplash, consider using a fire resistant and textured textured wallpaper to achieve the same effect. Or money savings such as just updating the kitchen cabinet doors by either refurbishing them or replacing them all together, rather that replacing the entire kitchen unit. Or consider items that will stand the test of time. For instance if you are adding a new kitchen backsplash, tumbled marble tiles do better under wear and tear, and are warmer to the touch and appearance.
Adding new and up to date backsplashes to your kitchen can be a fun money saving project because it relatively simple to do yourself. Unfortunately the same cant be said for replacing kitchen cabinets or a granite countertop or worktop, which should really be left to the professionals. Be careful if you decide to use expensive wall tiles if you decide to do this job yourself. More planning and measuring will be required to ensure you have the minumum of waste tiles, otherwise it could end up being a more expensive backsplash than it needs to be.
Also consider the cost as relative to the amount of time that redesigned kitchen is expected to last, and also how much value an up to date kitchen will add to your home both practically and financially. Often the kitchen is a big factor when someone decides to buy or not buy a home.
Consider using something a little different in your kitchen to jazz it up. A popular material thats a little bit different is copper. Copper stove hoods, kitchen backsplashes and tiles are now available to add something a little bit different to your kitchen.
Keep it simple and timeless, with a choice of clean colors and a clean backsplash.
Ensure there is space to keep the most used cooking tools and ingredients to hand. If something isnt helping with the cooking process, then it should not be near the cooking area.
Sometimes the simplest option is to go for a plain old white kitchen. Then consider durable work surfaces such as marble or granite, which will actually improve in looks the more they get put to use and suffer wear and tear. But color choice is important as your likely to have to live with those choices for many many years. So if your not keen on being overly expressive with colors, restrict the bolder colors to the areas of the kitchen that you know are easily replaceable where necessary. For example adding color by choosing cushions or appliances in a bold color can really add impact, but are simple to change as required.
Another thing to be thought about is how much and the type of storage space you have available. Would closed or open units improve you cooking process if you cook often. Do you need more storage in an are convenient for the cooking area. Changing those parts closest to the cooking area is liking to have the most impact. Maybe store rarely used items about the cabinets to allow for more space for items that need to be used more regularly.