Monday, September 9, 2013

Creating a Contemporary Kitchen

A couple of years ago we ran on a poll on our Facebook page that asked the question, "If you could change any room in your house, what room would it be?" The overwhelming response was the kitchen. I wasn't really surprised because the kitchen is also the room in my own home that I would love to update when finances allow. We have an older style kitchen and I would love to update it and make it a little more modern and contemporary. If your budget won't allow a complete overhaul, you can always do one project at a time until you get the kitchen of your dreams. Here are some ideas to help you find a kitchen you will love! 

*Update the flooring. Consider swapping out old linoleum for hard wood or tile. This will not only make a huge difference in the appearance of your kitchen but it will also increase the value of your home!

*Swap out hardware for more contemporary, updated metals. Consider chrome, nickel, copper or stainless steel as these are all great options to give your kitchen a more modern feel.

*Update your cabinets. If you cannot find it in your budget to replace them, give them a makeover by painting or putting on a new coat of stain. If you can get new ones, consider eliminating the upper cabinets and leaving only the bottom one's. This opens up your wall space and gives you a lot of room for decor, shelving, etc. You can also swap out just the cabinet doors if you are on a tight budget. Opt for cabinet doors with a great design that will add appeal to your room! 

*Update your counter tops. I love granite myself but designers today are using so many non-traditional materials to make beautiful counters including brick, stone and tile! 

*Swap out old appliances for new, energy efficient appliances. Not only will it make your kitchen feel fresh and new but you will also be saving money in the long run! 

*If you eat in your kitchen, consider new, modern dining furniture that fits with the theme of your kitchen. If you can't find room for a big table, consider a bar type seating area with modern stools. 

*New lighting is a MUST when updating your kitchen. Pendant lighting is a great choice for a modern and contemporary kitchen. We also currently have ceiling lights that work on a dimmer switch which is a great way to create different moods in the kitchen.

*If you are wanting to completely makeover your kitchen, consider calling in the experts to help give you the design of your dreams. Companies like K 100 Kitchens can come in, walk you through the design process and help you create a room that you will love for years to come! 

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