Kitchen Makeover Ideas

The kitchen is probably one of the most used rooms in a house.  Just think of the foot traffic that goes on, day in and day out.  Or how many times those cabinets open and close, over and over again.  Over the years, the kitchen is bound to need some TLC.

But it’s not just a matter of function… form is important too, and kitchen designs have really come a long way–from rustic and charming to sleek and modern.

Of course, if money is no option than a gut-reno could be the way to go.  However, there are alternatives, some of which you could probably handle on your own!

Here are some ideas from the minds at ACE Hardware and Valspar Paint for a kitchen makeover that won’t break the bank.

With a kitchen makeover, sometimes the most difficult part is knowing where to start!  Fortunately, there are literally countless resources available to get the creative juices flowing.  In addition to design-oriented publications, apps like Houzz, Pinterest and Instagram can really take you down a rabbit hole of inspirational ideas.        

How to Approach a Kitchen Makeover:

  1. Feng Shui – thinking about the way you actually use your kitchen is an important factor in determining layout, from where you sit to where you work and how people interact within the space.
  2. Active & Passive Areas – countertops and appliances would be considered “high traffic” elements within a kitchen.  However, more passive areas like cabinets for larger cookware should also be part of the thought process to determine how to merge all needs together, sometimes simultaneously.
  3. Maintenance – marble is a beautiful material for countertops.  However, it’s a porous element and is sensitive to stains and heat.  Overall, be sure to think of the utility and cosmetic aspects you’re planning to introduce into your makeover so you don’t have buyer’s remorse later on.
  4. Think Holistically – given the high frequency purpose of a kitchen, it’s likely to be inhabited at all hours of the day and night.  So before you commit to materials, colors and textures, take some time to observe how light behaves in the space in the morning, afternoon and night.  It could make a huge difference in the final product.

The kitchen is probably one of the most used rooms in a house.  Just think of the foot traffic that goes on, day in and day out.  Or how many times those cabinets open and close, over and over again.  Over the years, the kitchen is bound to need some TLC.

But it’s not just a matter of function… form is important too, and kitchen designs have really come a long way–from rustic and charming to sleek and modern.

Of course, if money is no option than a gut-reno could be the way to go.  However, there are alternatives, some of which you could probably handle on your own!

Here are some ideas from the minds at ACE Hardware and Valspar Paint for a kitchen makeover that won’t break the bank.

With a kitchen makeover, sometimes the most difficult part is knowing where to start!  Fortunately, there are literally countless resources available to get the creative juices flowing.  In addition to design-oriented publications, apps like Houzz, Pinterest and Instagram can really take you down a rabbit hole of inspirational ideas.        

How to Approach a Kitchen Makeover:

  1. Feng Shui – thinking about the way you actually use your kitchen is an important factor in determining layout, from where you sit to where you work and how people interact within the space.
  2. Active & Passive Areas – countertops and appliances would be considered “high traffic” elements within a kitchen.  However, more passive areas like cabinets for larger cookware should also be part of the thought process to determine how to merge all needs together, sometimes simultaneously.
  3. Maintenance – marble is a beautiful material for countertops.  However, it’s a porous element and is sensitive to stains and heat.  Overall, be sure to think of the utility and cosmetic aspects you’re planning to introduce into your makeover so you don’t have buyer’s remorse later on.
  4. Think Holistically – given the high frequency purpose of a kitchen, it’s likely to be inhabited at all hours of the day and night.  So before you commit to materials, colors and textures, take some time to observe how light behaves in the space in the morning, afternoon and night.  It could make a huge difference in the final product.