Although the phrase “dream kitchen” itself sounds unattainable, it doesn’t have to mean remodeling or renovating your entire kitchen. By making small adjustments to your current space, you can transform it into the kitchen of your dreams without a complete remodel.
Instead of looking at your dream kitchen as one whole space, try breaking it down into its elements. What does your dream kitchen floor look like? What is the backsplash made of? What color is it? By looking at your dreams as a list of small details, you’ll see how you can incorporate your dream kitchen ideas into your current space.
We spoke to designers to get their advice on relatively simple updates you can make to enhance your space and make your dream kitchen more achievable.
7 kitchen updates that add style and value
If you want to update your kitchen without replacing it, there are many easy fixes that can truly refresh your kitchen (or are much quicker than completely remodeling it). From rethinking the way you light your space to adding your dream kitchen color, here’s what experts recommend you keep an eye on if you’re looking to upgrade.
1. Replace the sink and countertop
Changing your kitchen countertops can have a big impact on your space. Think about how much visual space they take up. Other than perhaps the color of your kitchen cabinets, the countertop is the next most noticeable element. Change it to a more luxurious material and get a dream kitchen upgrade you won’t regret.
Maximize the impact of striking stones such as Arabescato Corchia with an integrated apron front sink. “Turn any desired object into a sculptural centerpiece,” says interior designer Caitlin McQuaid. “While the natural beauty of stone sinks is undeniable and they won’t rust or dent, marble is porous and requires resealing, so we tend to recommend it for light use.” For daily use Consider a dishwashing bowl or line the base with stainless steel.
2. Pay attention to your flooring
Once your kitchen flooring is properly installed, the rest will follow. A strong, graphic floor is sure to steal the show in this simply constructed kitchen by Studio Seiders and Ryan Street Architects.
“Decorative wood flooring is a great way to inject personality and dimension into a space while remaining consistent with the feel of the rest of the home,” says Emily Siders, principal designer at Studio Seiders. “Choose one stain that matches your standard flooring, and play with pattern and color from there.”
3. Quickly transform a space with the right lighting
Don’t overlook the impact of perfectly pitched kitchen lighting. Shadow lighting is a super easy way to literally change the way your kitchen looks. As well as creating a relaxing atmosphere, hidden LEDs can also be used to showcase materials such as this striking jade onyx.
Luxury kitchen specialists Extreme Design incorporate concealed lighting into kitchens, especially open-plan spaces. “Such a kitchen should gain height at night and become a beautiful backdrop for the interiors there,” explains Marcello Cuconato, Director of Creative His.
4. Point the backsplash toward the ceiling
The soaring backsplash idea is reaching a new level of sophistication. “Not only does it look beautiful, it also protects against splatters and smudges that traditional emulsion paints leave behind,” says Jack Butterworth, Charles York’s creative manager.
“When planning this detail, make sure the back is large enough to be manufactured from a single slab and of appropriate thickness to reduce joints and keep weight low for safer installation. Be sure to source your splash material.” Here, elegant filigree coving provides a neat stopping point and a special decorative touch.
5. Add depth and interest by combining materials
Zoning an open-plan kitchen with flooring is an effective way to visually define the role of different areas, allowing you to switch materials depending on their use. GRT Architects have successfully utilized this idea in this scheme.
“Saffron yellow and white checkered tiles are more practical in the kitchen. The colors were chosen to complement the surrounding wooden floors,” says partner Tal Shori. “While the kitchen is a “wet area,” we tried to create a sense of continuity with the adjacent dining room. ”
6. Focus on the island
Add a pop of color and pattern by adding patterned tiles to the front of your kitchen island unit. Make it bold by matching the tiles with those in your backsplash, or try a more subdued aesthetic by limiting statement tiles below eye level.
“A tiled island acts as a great focal point,” says designer Annie Downing of Annie Downing Interiors. “This is also the ultimate hack for families with young children who tend to kick furniture.”
7. Incorporate color in a way that makes life easier
Vertical color switches give your kitchen a more relaxed and independent look. The mustard yellow on the inside of the breakfast cupboard in this Salvesen Graham-designed space is a fun touch and a really simple and dreamy kitchen update you can try in your own space.
“It’s hard to make a kitchen hierarchical and interesting when the majority of the room is taken up by fittings, so we played with color instead,” recalls co-founder Nicole Salvesen. “Dark-colored units help them feel like separate pieces. This is a great way to create different zones in a room with lots of cabinetry wrapped around the walls.”
How can you make your kitchen more luxurious?
The materials you incorporate into your kitchen can make the space feel more luxurious. Of course, marble always enhances a space, but brass and really gorgeous textured wood can also give your kitchen a luxurious look. Focus on small elements such as the kitchen island worktop, sink, and backsplash to bring a touch of luxury.
What should your dream kitchen include?
This is personal and depends on your style and priorities for kitchen design. An island, along with a pantry, is at the top of most people’s dream kitchen list. Or, if you’re aiming for the ultimate dream kitchen, a back kitchen might be something to include.