You know you want to do something to update the kitchen. But the question is what exactly? You may stand in the middle of the kitchen and look at the paint or wallpaper, the linoleum floor, the kitchen cabinets, and consider your options. You know kitchen remodels can be big or small, expensive or cheap. They can involve major appliances and renovations or focus more on decorating style. We can’t tell you what’s right for your kitchen or situation, but we can help you start thinking about things that will put you on the right track.
List of Remodeling Ideas, Big or Small
Your primary kitchen remodeling idea is probably staring you in the face. Most people have at least one area of the kitchen that gets on their nerves and that they would like to see changed. Simple kitchen chores can be a great place to start. If you hate doing the dishes, a new custom kitchen sink and deluxe dishwasher, should make your list. If food prep is your least favorite part of cooking, a new countertop with a built-in board would be nice. If you simply hate your kitchen’s look, kitchen decorating and design should have top priority.
- Outdoor Kitchens: Spring wouldn’t be spring without firing up the grill after a long winter hiatus, but cooking on that old kettle grill over a concrete slab is getting old. Outdoor kitchens with built-in grills, tiled countertops, a sink for foodprep, and cabinets are amazing. Luxurious outdoor kitchens can incorporate everything from wood fired ovens, covered working areas, and even refrigerators and dishwashers into the mix. Our suggestion: do what it takes to make your outdoor kitchen the culinary playground of your dreams!
- Appliances and the Kitchen Triangle: Having trouble with your everyday kitchen functioning, simply upgrading some of your kitchen appliances and work stations can work miracles. New energy-efficient refrigerators, a new kitchen sink, and/or a new oven range will improve your kitchen’s workability and may have a larger impact on decorating than you first imagine. Stainless steel appliances, for example, can completely alter a kitchen’s look and feel.
- Floors and Countertops: These can be big ticket items, but often there’s no getting around them. There’s no decorating substitute for the effect of replacing linoleum or vinyl flooring with stone tile, hardwood, or laminate flooring. Countertops, too, are nearly impossible to ignore when assessing the beauty of a kitchen. If you can do so without breaking the bank, at least one of these items may be the center for the rest of your kitchen remodeling ideas to work around.
- Trash Cans: Surprisingly simple but effective way to give the kitchen a facelift. Freestanding, under-the-sink, pantry, and pull out trash cabinets are all possibilities. Some homeowners prefer multiple kitchen trash cans. The best idea is to match the number and placement of your trash cans with your lifestyle. If you’re the type of person to diligently dispose of each piece of trash as it’s made, you may want to save the kitchen space and put a single, moderately sized trash can in your kitchen. Of course, the size of your kitchen will also play a significant role in allotting your kitchen trash cans.