When you decide to renovate your kitchen, you should begin by deciding what it is you are wanting to achieve. Do you need to update some elements, while leaving others? Do you want to redo the whole kitchen, which may even mean changing the style and look? Here are some kitchen renovations ideas to get you on your way.
1. Let the new match the old
Often changing, updating, or adapting a part of your kitchen will give you the rejuvenated or updated look and feel you are aiming for. You will want to maintain unity in the look and feel of the room, so make sure that anything you add matches what you choose to keep. This can be as simple as carrying a colour, even in different shades, through the kitchen. If you change the cabinet doors, for instance, then don’t go for a sleek modern look when some of your kitchen features have a dated cottagey look.
2. Find a focus
One of the easiest ways to introduce an updated look to your kitchen is to identify one feature that will become the focus, or set the tone and design for the whole room. One feature you can easily use is the backsplash. Choose a bold geometric design for the backsplash, in no more than three colors, one of which should be relatively neutral, like white, or a cream. You can either tile the backsplash or paint the design. You can also paint the doors of your kitchen cabinets in one of the colours in the backsplash.
3. Don’t forget the floors
When you are looking for kitchen renovations ideas, don’t think about your kitchen floor as a part of the room that needs to be practical and easy to clean. It is an integral part of the room. Practicality is definitely important when it comes to kitchen floors, but you can be practical and funky at the same time. Switch things up a bit and replace an old floor with quarry tiles, or choose contrasting tiles and create a checkerboard look for the kitchen floor.
4. Watch the walls
In most kitchens, there is not a lot of clear wall space, with the cabinets and appliances taking up wall space. Don’t ignore what wall space you do have, though. Add a splash of colour to an older kitchen by painting the exposed parts of the walls in a bold colour. Or use a stencil to paint silhouettes of food on the walls. You can paint one wall with chalkboard paint to use as a shopping list.
5. Think practicality
Quite simply, kitchens are busy rooms and need to be used easily and hygienically, so think practically when you are looking for kitchen renovations ideas. If you are doing a major renovation, then pay attention to the amount of storage space and that it suits your needs. Include drawers and cabinets and don’t forget to leave space for the dishwasher, and possibly the washing machine too. It is also important to make sure there are enough surfaces to work on and that they are made of a material that is durable and versatile.
6. Don’t neglect the details
There is a reason that the saying ‘the devil is in the detail’ has become clichéd: because it is true. When you renovate your kitchen, don’t forget the practical (and perhaps obvious), such as the number and placement of the plug points. Then, don’t lose sight of those small touches that can bring the whole look and feel of the kitchen together.
7. Keep what you can
Renovating a kitchen can be expensive, so you could consider keeping any features that are reusable. The cabinets can be one of the features. If they are in good enough condition, then reuse them, if possible, but consider changing the doors. There are various looks you can choose to go for with the cabinets in your renovated kitchen.
All kitchen renovation ideas can be realised, if you work with a professional company that has the experience and expertise to help you realise your vision. LMC Building Services are a great bet to partner with you on your dream kitchen, as they undoubtedly deliver the best kitchen renovations in Newcastle.