Kitchen Inspiration: The Must Haves of Kitchen Renovation

New year, new kitchen! That’s the phrase, right? Regardless, doing a kitchen reno in the winter isn’t such a bad idea. Albeit, it will throw a wrench in the “cook at home more/eat out less” resolution we all attempt each year. Whenever you decide to update your kitchen there are some things you simply can’t leave off your list while there are trends that seem cool but aren’t really practical.

Going Green With Appliances

First and foremost, if you’re not already rockin’ a set of energy efficient refrigerator, oven, microwave and dishwasher then it’s time to invest. Invest in the savings (7-11 gallons of water per load of dishes alone) and invest in the planet. You don’t have to break the bank, but make the investment. Pro tip: refrigerators with top or bottom freezer storage use less energy than those with a French-door design.

Space

The reason for any reno, but particularly the kitchen, more space. More space can mean a variety of things. It can mean deepening your cabinets and countertops; reorganizing the layout of cabinets to increase workflow. You could even open up the kitchen and section it off with a nice sized kitchen island. But what will work best with your space? Adding an island is not the one-size fits all solution many think it is. But the truth is that while it creates extra space, it also takes up a lot of space to exist. It’s recommended to provide 42” on every side of the island to keep your walkways from jamming up. Perhaps structurally you’re incapable of an open plan. Opening a section of cabinetry for your nicer dishes by installing glass cabinet doors is an easy way to make your space feel larger.  You can also opt for customized cabinets to increase the way your storage works in the kitchen.

The other, best way to create more space in the kitchen is to go full Marie Kondo on its state and get rid of the things that no longer bring you joy – or things you just don’t use. Unless it’s your traditional Christmas Santa Cake mold, things that can’t be used for more than one anual meal don’t have a place in your kitchen. Creating a more efficient space is the ultimate goal of a kitchen reno.

Explore Colors Everywhere

Lighter wood color cabinets are in, those dark and dreary cherry wood cabinets are out. Dark cabinets, counters, and flooring can all contribute to making your space feel smaller than it actually is. Bamboo click-lock flooring is a beautiful, durable, and sustainable floor option that comes in a wide variety of colors and shades. Swap those counters out for a bright white or soft gray. A backsplash with bold colors and patterns will not only be pleasing to the eye, but it will brighten up the space in a second.  The color of your walls can also invigorate the space. Reds in kitchens are said to increase a person’s appetite. Green and orange are energizing colors. Or jump on the Pantone train with the color of 2019 and add splashes of Living Coral to your kitchen. Any of these colors can be implemented by way of painted walls, decorative tea towels, cook books, spoon holders, vases, tiles, window valances – anywhere you can think to add some color, do. 2019 is all about textures and bold patterns. Don’t be afraid to shake things up in your kitchen with a little something extra.