Whether your kitchen is old and dated, or just fell out of style over the years, it may be time to modernize your kitchen. If you’re planning on living in your home for quite a while, you’ll get tremendous benefits from installing some of the most modern trends, such as new appliances, new styles and designs, and even new colors.
On the other hand, if you are contemplating selling your home sometime in the near future, there is no better investment you can make than remodeling your kitchen. New homebuyers always look first at a home’s kitchen, and then secondarily at the bathroom. Here are some ways that you can modernize your kitchen, so that it once again becomes a place where you truly enjoy meal preparation, entertaining guests, and spending time with family.
Replace the Flooring
Flooring is an area that is often overlooked in the kitchen, and yet it plays a vital role in managing kitchen traffic. You may have a rolled vinyl or linoleum flooring system installed already in the kitchen, and you could replace this with something much more appealing and just as durable. You could install a wood or tile type of kitchen flooring which will last longer than your linoleum system, and it will significantly increase the resale value of your home. One of the hottest trends in kitchen flooring these days is ceramic tile which appears to be hardwood. Travertine and slate are also big trends in kitchen flooring these days, and either one of these two may appeal to you as well.
Upgrade the Countertops
Countertops are another area which account for much of the available functional space in a kitchen, but they are considerably more visible than your flooring. There are a number of options available today for countertops which can provide you with literally endless choices for installation in your own kitchen. Of course there are natural stone countertops like granite and marble, but there are also some varieties which are made of resin or polymers which are highly durable as well. Manufacturers of countertops have begun incorporating all kinds of material into their products, so you can even choose from brick, tile, and concrete when you’re looking to upgrade your countertops.
Consider Energy-Efficient Appliances
If you are a person who is concerned about reducing your carbon footprint, or even just about saving money on utility bills, it might be a good idea to have some modern energy-efficient appliances installed in your kitchen. This is always a great idea, because in addition to getting a modern new look for your appliances, you’ll also be conserving energy and water, thereby lowering your utility bills. You may also want to replace your plumbing fixtures, given the fact that there are now some terrific new low-flow kitchen faucets which are great for conserving on water. The great thing about upgrading your kitchen appliances is that it’s more than just an aesthetic move, because it can also be practical in saving you money, and conserving on our planet’s resources.
Replace your Kitchen Cabinets
Not only does new cabinet installation improve the value of your home, but it also makes your life easier on a day-to-day basis. While also making sure that your new kitchen cabinets align with a new modern style, you can also improve functionality. There are many options to consider such as pull-out drawers, rotating shelves, trash bin pull-outs and more. You can also fancy up your kitchen cabinets with modern decorative enhancements and hardware.
Install New Lighting
After you have modernized some of the other areas in your kitchen, it might be time to think about upgrading your lighting options as well. New lighting can be important for safety in the kitchen, and it can provide a definite ambience to the entire room. You may have a single overhead lighting fixture installed right now, but there are tons of options available to you for other lighting techniques.
For instance, you could install some recessed lighting equipped with a dimmer switch that allows you to cook, entertain, or relax, depending on the time of day and circumstances in your household. You may want to consider pendant lighting which is suspended above your kitchen island, or some stylish chandeliers which can turn your kitchen into an entirely new room. There is also under-cabinet lighting available which can illuminate your countertops, and make meal preparation a good deal easier and more precise.
Removing Selected Walls
This may be a more dramatic approach than you had in mind, but there’s definitely something to be said for taking down one or more walls in your kitchen. For instance, you may feel that your kitchen is too small and that you have that boxed-in feeling whenever you’re working in it. By removing some walls, you will be able to open up your kitchen, and possibly connect it with the dining room or the living room, to give it a more open and airy feeling.
It will be possible for you to take down any walls or partitions which are not load-bearing, and which do not provide any structural value to the room. While this may seem like a somewhat radical idea, take a few moments to visualize what your kitchen would look like if one or more partitions were knocked down, and you had a more open space in your home.
Think About Decorative Ideas
There are endless opportunities in your kitchen to add some decorative touches that will express your personal sense of style and design. Depending on your preferences, you may want to include some artwork, some shelves which can accommodate plants, a bookcase for cookbooks, or maybe even some family heirloom china which you’re proud of. You can add flowers here and there, or a bowl of fresh fruit to add a touch of color to the room, and there is literally no limit on the number of other decorative touches you can incorporate into your new modern kitchen.