Kitchen Makeover Ideas

Kitchen Makeover Ideas for a Modern Kitchen Design

By Mark J. Donovan

The kitchen is the command center of every home. It is the focal point where people gather to eat, relax and socialize. Consequently kitchens take a lot of use and abuse, and why kitchen makeovers are so high on homeowners’ remodeling lists. In addition to the use and abuse, kitchen cabinetry, appliances, and flooring typically go out of style every 10 years or so. Due to all of these factors a kitchen remodeling project is one of the best home improvement investments you can make.

This said, a kitchen makeover is not cheap. The typical kitchen remodeling project can easily set you back $15 to $20K or more, depending upon the size of your kitchen and the kitchen remodeling materials you select.

There are numerous kitchen makeover ideas that you can employ to transform your old and outdated kitchen into a modern and contemporary one. Some are quite expensive while others are not so. Listed below is a list of key kitchen remodeling ideas that you may want to consider in your kitchen makeover project.

Kitchen Cabinets

At the heart of every kitchen makeover project is a solid and well thought out kitchen cabinet design. The kitchen cabinet design specifies items such as the size and location of cabinets, the kitchen work area, and where kitchen appliances will reside. In addition, it also defines your unique tastes and style based on the types of cabinetry and features you choose. For example, do you prefer a modern or country kitchen style?

When developing your kitchen cabinet design also consider the inclusion of a kitchen island, and possibly one with a sink. Kitchen islands make great work space areas and can often double as a quick eating area.

Installing granite countertops as part of a kitchen makeover project.

Whatever particular kitchen cabinet design style you choose always make sure that your new kitchen cabinet design will be functional, as functionality is just as important as style.

Kitchen Flooring

Kitchen flooring is another major kitchen makeover idea to consider. As part of every new kitchen remodeling design you should evaluate the myriad of kitchen flooring choices. Vinyl, wood, laminate, and ceramic tile all have their pros and cons. Vinyl is the most economical and practical kitchen flooring choice and it is available in a plethora of patterns and styles. Wood and laminate flooring are a notch up in looks, however water is always a concern when it comes to wood flooring.

A ceramic tiled kitchen floor is probably your most expensive option, but it is quite durable. However, a ceramic tiled kitchen floor is quite expensive to install and the risk of breaking a tile is always high in a kitchen. Ceramic tiled kitchen floors can also be a bit cold on the feet.

Kitchen Appliances

Stainless steel kitchen appliances are what most homeowners and home buyers prefer today. Consequently, including stainless steel kitchen appliances in your kitchen remodeling plans is a highly wise kitchen makeover idea to consider.

Stainless steel kitchen appliances can cost a small fortune for certain brand names. There are, however, more affordable stainless steel kitchen appliances solutions from other and more common household appliance manufacturers.

Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet

Kitchen Faucets

Another excellent kitchen makeover idea is to include large and multi-functional kitchen faucet. Consider selecting a kitchen faucet that can provide both a steady stream of water and a shower spray. Also make sure your kitchen faucet solution includes a soap dispenser.

Kitchen Lighting

Abundant kitchen lighting is paramount in every kitchen makeover project. Every kitchen should include natural lighting as well as electrical appliance lighting. If there is currently no window in your kitchen, consider installing one if at all possible. In regards to electrical appliance lighting, consider overhead work lighting as well as general room lighting. In addition, consider kitchen lighting in the kitchen cabinet soffits as well as under the top kitchen cabinets.

Though an electrician may be necessary, including copious amounts of kitchen lighting in your kitchen makeover plans will pay off in spades some day when you want to sell your home.

Kitchen Window Treatments

One way to add color and panache to a kitchen is in your selection of kitchen window treatments. Choose bright colors that will allow light and air to easily enter the kitchen.

Kitchen Wall Coverings

Kitchen wall coverings can be as simple as applying a fresh coat of paint over the kitchen walls. However, for more style and texture you may want to consider adding chair-rail and wallpaper to the walls.

Another kitchen makeover idea to consider, when thinking about the kitchen walls, is to include paintings, pictures and other types of wall hangings with a kitchen theme.

With this list of kitchen makeover ideas you should now be able to develop your own unique set of kitchen remodeling plans that will ensure a beautiful and contemporary kitchen.

For help on your kitchen remodeling project, see my Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet. The Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet provides a request for quote checklist section that you can provide to prospective kitchen remodeling contractors. It also includes a comprehensive kitchen remodeling cost breakdown table, in Microsoft Excel format, that allows the contractor to include his projected remodeling costs for every phase of the project.

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