7 Ways to Add Color in Kitchens

Putting colorful accent bowls all over your kitchen for color!

Putting colorful accent bowls all over your kitchen for color!

New Tiled Backsplash in a herringbone pattern adds fresh color to the cooking wall in the kitchen.

New Tiled Backsplash in a herringbone pattern adds fresh color to the cooking wall in the kitchen.

Stenciled flooring for tone on tone textured hardwood floor in the kitchen.

Glass doors are perfect to view colorful dishware.

Glass doors are perfect to view colorful dishware.

A new granite stone countertop choice!

A new granite stone countertop choice!

 

Accent rug for pop of color to a neutral floor

Accent rug for pop of color to a neutral floor

 

Bold colors can offset stainless...and creates interest with a neutral kitchen

Bold colors can offset stainless…and creates interest with a neutral kitchen

These are some of the interesting things you can do (other than painting a bold color on the walls) for adding some additional color and texture in your kitchen. Brighten up your kitchen with color and interesting design details.
Have a bright summer!

Deb

Before and After Kitchen

Before and After

The Before and After of this kitchen near Cleveland, Ohio, would make any homeowner proud. The value of their home just went up. The clutter is gone. The cabinets are new. The countertops are granite. The appliances are new. The island adds tremendous flexibility. It’s easy to prep and clean-up. The family entertains with ease. Nice seating. Storage galore!

I love “Wow” before-and-after photos!

Can you achieve a renovation of this caliber on a budget? I think so. Here are 3 things to keep in mind when considering a total “gut” kitchen remodel.

1) Where your house is located will have an impact on which projects to tackle. However, an updated kitchen always adds an immediate value, especially after a depressed housing market.

2) Depending on the values of other houses in your neighborhood, a total kitchen remodel (rather than a partial) will most likely set your home apart from them. I just talked to a couple who purchased a house based solely on the fact that the kitchen was totally renovated and updated to an “open floor” plan (walls had been taken out) and they could simply move-in and know that the value already exists.

3) Staying on a budget is important. The material and product choices today afford great flexibility in kitchen remodels. For example, the recent kitchen remodel I’ve posted in this blog had moderate selections in their new appliances, keeping several thousand dollars available for granite counters. That’s just one area where a budget can be maintained. Another is new cabinets. I’m not a big fan of refacing existing cabinets … there’s just too many manufactured cabinet lines out there with all the upgraded and latest hardware and drawer and door construction features at modest prices.

Stay tuned in to my blog as I review current kitchen designs and products.

Deb

Long and Narrow Kitchen?

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Are you blessed with a small (or large) kitchen that makes you feel like you should be bowling rather than cooking? Ahhhh, this is actually such a common space for a kitchen! Two-story or ranch, here are 3 quick questions that you could ask yourself that will help you plan a really nice kitchen update.

SPACE PLANNING

Question #1: Am I willing to incorporate seating in my little kitchen….rather than putting a separate table and chairs in the space?
Now here’s another question that goes along with that….Am I willing to design a seating space in an adjoining room that blends with the kitchen update?

Answer: By incorporating seating along a two-wall kitchen or even enlarging your long and narrow kitchen (yep, that’s what I said, make it a little longer), you’d be surprized that by simply extending a countertop or taking an island or peninsula and design a small tabletop helps to make a super useful and stunning kitchen. OR go ahead and “divide” your long narrow space into 2 spaces with a fab. ceiling and wide trim entrance.

MATERIAL SELECTIONS

Question #2: Am I willing to put thought, effort, and design expertise into AT LEAST a countertop replacement that will help make my long narrow kitchen feel updated,fresh and new?

Answer: Just take my word for it …. consider new countertops. I’ve even seen the latest HD laminates along with granite or quartz just make a kitchen look new again. However, there’s one caveat …. you’ll need to at least “freshen” your cabinets whether you paint or replace. Otherwise it’s a bandaid fix. Also, keep some funds to replace your wall cabinet doors to glass-fronts.

INTERIOR DESIGN

Question #3: Am I willing to stay neutral in my color choices?

Answer: I’d like to see you not draw attention to any one area of your long and narrow kitchen. A one wall kitchen, or a two-wall kitchen really doesn’t need a lot of pattern, so your choices of paint, counters, backsplash, window coverings are going to make or break a spacious feel.

And here’s a thought …. create a “window seat”…..even if you don’t have a window! I love helping homeowners do seating of any kind in the kitchen! The photo I’ve included is a window seat by Candice Olson, one of my favorite designers.

Have a sunny day.
Deb