Tips for a Great Kitchen Remodel

The possibilities of kitchen remodeling are practically endless. When you work with a professional, you can get a kitchen that looks luxurious and stylish, warm and inviting, artistic and modern, or another favorite style. Here are several ideas to inspire you.

Use Lighting as an Accent, Not an Afterthought

Some people design the entire kitchen and pick out light fixtures near the end. This is mistake for two reasons. First, your lighting sets the mood for the entire room. For example, you can give the entire kitchen a Tuscan feel by picking out wrought iron light fixtures or traditional pendant lighting.

Second, leaving light fixtures for the end can leave you short on options. Kitchen remodeling can involve great opportunities for decor, and you don’t want to splurge on everything else and end up with lackluster illumination.

Think Long Term

There’s a difference between trends and style. Trends get you excited right now, but your enthusiasm may fade after a few years. On the other hand, style preferences rarely changer. If you love the look of minimalist kitchens or hardwood cabinets, that’s going to stay with you no matter which trends come and go.

This doesn’t mean you can’t be inspired by modern design ideas. Just try to stay true to your personality and what feels “right” for your family and lifestyle. If you’ve always wanted a kitchen island, you should definitely get a kitchen island.

Plan Ahead

Don’t approach kitchen remodeling ideas as something you come up with as you go. Make a list of your must-haves. Put them in order by most important to least important. They can include kitchen islands, custom cabinets, open-concept kitchen layouts, stainless-steel appliances, hardwood flooring and other elements.

Next, discuss your ideas with your kitchen remodeling contractor. Make sure they fit your remodeling budget. Ask questions and set aside a little extra in case a wall you wanted to remove turns out to be load-bearing.