The kitchen is one of the most used areas in your home. If you’re feeling uninspired while cooking meals within the walls of your current kitchen, now, with the holiday season approaching is the perfect time to create a space you’ll enjoy being in. Whether you’re looking to incorporate a few luxury items into your current kitchen or undergo a full remodel, here are a few tips to help you achieve your dream cooking space.
Upgrade Your Appliances
Upgrading your appliances is a great way to refresh your kitchen while also taking advantage of any new updated appliance features that may be available. Appliance upgrades can help make hosting guests a more enjoyable experience for both parties. For example, installing a double oven has become a popular choice as it allows you to bake more at one time, reducing the amount of time it takes to prepare your food. Take some time to identify what personal aspects of your kitchen are missing. If you and your family enjoy pairing the perfect wine with your meal, consider purchasing a wine fridge to be incorporated into the kitchen. Not only does this add a personalized touch but also ensures it won’t take up unnecessary space in your fridge.
Update the Light Fixtures
The lighting in a room is what creates the ambience of the space. Since the kitchen is a highly trafficked area, installing new light fixtures is a great way to brighten up the room and make it look more inviting. Adding pendant lights to your kitchen gives the space a more creative and luxurious look. Since the kitchen has become an area of the home not only utilized for cooking but also for conversation, installing a light-dimming device will allow you to set the mood of the room throughout the day. When the space is being used for cooking you’ll have the ability to turn the lights on bright and when evening rolls around and individuals have gathered for conversations, you’ll be able to dim the lights to match the appropriate setting.
Open Floor Plan Concept
An open-style floor plan has become widely integrated into homes today. Having this functional design allows you to incorporate all social areas of the space. Not only will remodeling the kitchen into an open floor plan increase conversations among your guests but it will also increase fluidity within the space. Previously, a kitchen was used only for cooking and preparing meals but in more recent years it has become a gathering place. Another great way to accommodate both of these needs is with a movable island, which will provide you with adequate counter space when necessary but can also be moved to the side to allow for the room when hosting. Before deciding on an open-concept kitchen layout, assess its functionality within your home to ensure it will be a positive feature.
Upgrading any part of your home can be costly, so before you begin refreshing your kitchen be sure to have a solid understanding of your budget. For smaller updates to your kitchen, be proactive in looking for store sales to help you save money. Being mindful of popular sale periods and structuring your projects around this time frame can help you get more for less, while also providing you with the opportunity to update appliances to the newest products at a lower cost. If you’re looking to conduct a larger project such as a full renovation, consider looking into a HELOC loan as a resource for additional funds. This kind of loan allows you to safely borrow money as needed for your project and requires you to only pay interest on the money you borrowed. Don’t let the cost of updating your kitchen deter you from taking on this project, refreshing this space can take years off of the appearance of your kitchen while also creating long-term value for your home.
Your kitchen plays an integral role in your home as a gathering place for family and friends. Refreshing your kitchen can help elevate you and your guests’ entertainment experience in your home.