When it comes to project planning, your new kitchen plan may consist of two aspects: style and function.
Jen Nash, Senior Design Leader at Magnet, said: “The kitchen can be one of the most complex rooms in the house to redesign, as it demands not only style but also essential functionality.”
From choosing flooring and appliances to cabinetry and storage, there are so many decisions to make when renovating a kitchen that it can be overwhelming, she says.
“Many people think they need a completely new kitchen renovation to bring all these elements together and transform the space,” says Nash. “But in reality, there are a number of clever design tricks you can use to rejuvenate and avoid the hefty costs of renovations.”
However, before you start remodeling your kitchen, every project requires a plan. “Whether you’re remodeling an existing kitchen, designing an entirely new layout, or creating an extension, planning is the most important step in the process,” says Bember Bidge, MD, manufacturer of Kitchen His. Emphasize.
“Always adjust your concept to fit your budget and be prepared for unexpected issues,” says Burbridge. “It’s important to be realistic about what you can achieve and how to use the space most efficiently.
“Structural works such as skylights, entrance changes, moving pipes and rewiring add significant costs to the project,” he added.
To give you an edge, here’s how to spend your money instead of splurging as you plan…
Revitalize existing cabinets
“Cabinetry is a big focal point in your kitchen, so updating it is one of the easiest ways to transform your kitchen,” suggests Nash.
But if installing new cabinets isn’t in your budget, she says painting it yourself can be more affordable and achieve the same effect.
“Sand your existing cabinets, apply a primer, and then paint them the color of your choice. Whether you choose a dramatic black or a pastel green, the change in hue gives you the ability to save money without breaking the bank. , it can give the illusion of an entirely new kitchen upgrade,” says Nash.
If you want to make even more changes, she says you can also replace the door and drawer fronts with new materials and finishes. ”
Introduction of floating shelves
If you have a blank space on your wall, you don’t necessarily have to buy large furniture like a dresser or cupboard to fill it.
Instead, incorporating floating shelves into your space is an affordable way to not only add storage space to your kitchen, but also add a level of style and airiness to your space, says Nash.
“The kitchen offers the perfect opportunity to express your personal taste and personality. Displaying cute glassware, your favorite mug or cookbook will keep your kitchen feeling cozy.”
She says it’s worth putting some thought into what you display, as it will affect the overall look and feel of the space. For example, avoid putting appliances or mismatched dishes on display, as this can make your kitchen feel cluttered.
“Aside from practicality, splashbacks play an important role as a focal point in your kitchen design,” says Nash. “So simply updating it is an easy way to add on-trend color and change the feel of a room.”
If the rest of your kitchen has a more natural feel, she suggests choosing patterned tiles to add some flair. She says, “In addition to color, you can also use splashbacks to introduce additional finishes and layers to your kitchen, such as textured or hexagonal tiles.”
Update your hardware
Nash suggests replacing old or outdated hardware with metal finishes like brass or brushed gold to give your kitchen a sleek, modern feel.
She says small changes and additions like this can go a long way toward making your kitchen look and feel more luxurious without spending extra.
“No matter what finish or material you choose, be sure to match the material and shape of all knobs and handles to maintain consistency throughout your kitchen,” advises Nash. “This ties the whole space together with a sleek, contemporary aesthetic.”
Burbidge agrees: “Finishes like cabinet hardware have a huge impact on the look and feel of your kitchen. If you’re on a budget, replacing handles can be a cost-effective way to refresh your kitchen.”
Add under cabinet lighting
Aside from its practical purpose, Nash points out that kitchen lighting is an important design element that sets the overall mood and feel of the space.
“But you don’t have to invest in extravagant lighting fixtures or rewire electrical wiring to achieve your desired finish,” she added.
From overhead spotlights hanging across the kitchen worktops and above the island to wicker lamps, safely placed candles, and LED lighting under or in the cabinets to create a warm atmosphere. Nash says there are many small, inexpensive lighting tricks that can go a long way. And the surrounding atmosphere.
“The key is to scatter them around the space to create dark and light zones that draw you in and illuminate surrounding features.”
Another inexpensive way to refresh your kitchen is with flooring…
“Hard flooring styles such as vinyl and laminate remain popular choices due to their durability and cost-effectiveness,” says Sam Way, hard flooring buyer at CarpetRite.
“Not only are these solutions durable, they can help you transform your space and make a statement in your kitchen design without making a big investment.”
What’s more, he says these styles are particularly easy to maintain, with light sweeping and mopping providing a measurable level of cleanliness and satisfaction.