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Renovating Your Kitchen

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

Renovating your kitchen doesn’t just add to the overall aesthetics of your home; it also makes the space a more ‘appetizing’ one to work in. If you are planning some remodeling in the kitchen, take time to think of the ‘look’ you want to achieve. Things will go smoother once you have a very clear picture of what you want.

Software can come in handy for visualizing your remodeled kitchen. Pro designs and decorators use specialized software to create mock-ups of designs and layouts. Using software like that will give you an accurate picture of how your kitchen could turn out once you’ve implemented all your design ideas. It will also give you more ideas for designs that will look good with your kitchen.

Experiment with movable design elements, play around with furniture and accessories and mix and match shapes and positions to try and use your space to its maximum potential. Installing a stove-equipped island in the middle of the kitchen is also a great idea; it is very functional, and gives a focal point to the space as well.

A perfect kitchen would not be complete without a good pantry or cabinet. While new cabinets reinforce the ‘new’ feeling of the space, if you are short on budget and cannot afford to have a new one installed, you could give your old reliable cabinet a makeover by applying a fresh coat of paint. Just changing the color and replacing the cabinet handles can make a big difference in terms of look and feel of the entire kitchen.

Since you are already renovating the kitchen, you may as well upgrade the flooring too. Tiles and wood are two of the most popular materials but you don’t have to stop there. Area rugs can add a vibrant splash of color to the dullest kitchen. A dark-colored throw rug under your dining table makes stains less noticeable, so you won’t need to clean there as often. Bamboo rugs are great for that area facing the sink since they are water-resistant easily cleaned and that’s the most important feature in a kitchen area rug.

Another important fixture that is practical and functional at the same time is a countertop surface, which can be built above a cabinet. Just add a couple of stools and you have yourself a breakfast bar, giving you even more functional space in the kitchen. At the same time you also give yourself more storage and organization space with the cabinet.

Don’t forget that you may not be able to do all the tasks yourself. If you’re unsure of how to complete the job correctly hire a professional. Don’t be stubborn and feel you need to do the whole kitchen by yourself; this can lead to some costly mistakes that will add up after a bit. So be wise and complete the work you can, and hire an expert for those things you cannot do.

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