We are back with Part Two of our kitchen remodel considerations! Hopefully our first blog has gotten the design wheels turning and you are overflowing with kitchen ideas. In our first blog we covered the layout of your new kitchen, cabinet considerations, and new appliances. Today we will go more in depth, and explore more details that you should consider before starting your next kitchen remodeling project. Your kitchen is where you spend a good deal of time, cooking dinner, cleaning up, and baking up cakes and pies. You want your kitchen to be functional, beautiful, and a room that you love to come back to day after day. Read on to start giving your kitchen details some more attention!
Do You Plan on Selling?
If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, some of these considerations won’t be as important. Installing materials and finishes that are appropriate for the price range of your neighborhood, and appeal to a large range of buyers will be the most important in your kitchen remodel. Neutral colors, attractive appliances, and a good work area will be what buyers see first, and they won’t be as concerned with all the little details that you may stress over. If you are planning on keeping your home for years to come, really spending time on the details is worthwhile; you want to be satisfied with every decision you make. You can focus less on what is appealing to the masses and more on what brings you individual happiness if you will be designing your kitchen for yourself.
Lighting can really set the mood in a room, and can also really make a beautiful room look ugly when it is bathed in harsh fluorescent light. Especially if your current kitchen only has one small ceiling light, adding in adequate lighting should be a big consideration. You want enough light to cook, chop, and clean without having to strain your eyes, but you also want your lighting to provide accents to your cabinets, counters, and more. One great option is to install recessed lighting in your kitchen ceiling, which can maximize the head space in your kitchen and make it look bigger. Task lighting is also important, and highlighting sinks, stoves, islands, or other areas where you need a bit more light is a great idea. Putting task lighting around the perimeter of your kitchen will avoid shadows in the middle. Lights above your cabinets can illuminate beautiful wood doors or colors, and lights under your cabinets can provide a soft glow while lighting your workspaces. Corners should be illuminated, and there should be no areas of your kitchen that appear dark or shadowy. A good rule of thumb is one recessed light for every 4 to 6 feet of ceiling space. You also don’t need unnecessary lighting: the range hood usually has it’s own light, and when the refrigerator door is open, the light inside is enough to find what you need.
Another option for the kitchen is lighting under the counter’s toe-kick, that casts a warm glow whenever you walk in the kitchen. These lights can be motion-controlled so that they can also be used as night-lights.
Pendant lights are important over islands or peninsula islands. Different styles of pendant lighting are available, to complement whatever finishes you are using in your kitchen. Larger pendants can make a decorative statement, while smaller pendants can make a tiny kitchen feel larger. Several pendant lights can be hung together to provide more illumination and design interest.
If you have chosen your cabinetry material and color, choosing the hardware is the next step. There are so many choices today for cabinets knobs and pulls, from sleek modern stainless-steel handles to old-fashioned looking antiqued knobs. Try holding up a few samples of hardware to your cabinets to see what looks best, and remember that they need to be functional as well! Try opening your cabinets and drawers and make sure that the hardware you choose is easy to use. Sometimes the hinges on a cabinet are also exposed, so you will want to coordinate their finish with the handles. Choose from silver, brass, gold, or any number of colors to enhance the look of your kitchen.
Next to your cabinets, your countertops probably take up the next biggest visual space in your kitchen. You want to choose a material that is incredibly durable so that maintenance does not become a headache. Certain materials, such as marble, can discolor or scratch easily, and, while beautiful, may not be the best choice for a busy kitchen. Other materials, like stainless steel, are virtually impenetrable, and are great for commercial kitchens, but might not add the warmth and character you are looking for. Quartz, granite, concrete, and laminate are all extremely durable and can give your entire kitchen a facelift. Stone counters can be impervious to water, staining, scratching, or denting, and even the budget-friendly laminate is extremely durable. Wood counters, when sealed, are also a great choice for adding a natural warmth to any kitchen, but can require a bit more maintenance than other choices. Look for something that will withstand all of the elements in your kitchen, and then find your perfect color!
While paint may be one of the last items to be completed in your new kitchen, it definitely has a lot of visual impact. An otherwise plain kitchen can become bright and inviting with the right color, and a bright white can open up a dark space. Bigger kitchens can handle darker colors, and even a small kitchen can handle small doses of more saturated colors. Choose a shade that will coordinate with your cabinets, counters, and other finishes to really complete your new kitchen look!
If you are completely redoing your kitchen, chances are you will need to decide on a new floor. Flooring for a kitchen needs to stand up to water and spills, so options like carpet aren’t appropriate choices. Wood adds a beautiful warmth, but can be susceptible to water damage or dents from dropped knives or pots. Tile is extremely water-resistant, and spills easily wipe away. However, tile is also very hard and can result in a lot of broken dropped dishes. Vinyl is an affordable option that is easy to clean and long-lasting, and comes in a large range of colors. Whatever you choose for your flooring, make sure it coordinates with your other choices.
While we have given you so much more to think about concerning the details in your new kitchen, there is still more to explore! Check back for Part Three to learn more about what to consider before a kitchen remodel. If you are looking for a great company in Fair Oaks or Folsom to handle your kitchen remodeling needs, RLS construction would love to serve you! Our experience, attention to detail, and excellent customer service will give you the kitchen of your dreams!