Renovate Your Kitchen Without a Complete Overhaul

Renovate Your Kitchen Without a Complete Overhaul

Several recent studies have shown that consumers are investing more in their kitchens, especially when it comes to renovation. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and has become the central gathering spot not only for cooking, but for entertaining and spending time with family and friends.

Feeling the urge to update your kitchen, but not quite ready for a full makeover? Why not give your kitchen a mini-facelift instead?

Spice up your life and your kitchen

A quick and easy way to refresh a kitchen space – and bring out its personality – is to infuse it with a bold pop of color. Color has the power to provide depth and dimension while creating a range of moods. It’s also a great way to experiment with different looks and is easier to implement than you may think.

Focus on the accents

If you’re not sure how long you’re going to stay in your home, or don’t want to make a big color commitment, consider adding accessories such as a colorful pendant light, eye-catching artwork, patterned area rug or an interesting window treatment. For optimal flexibility, stick with items that can be changed each season for a timely update with minimal investment.

You can also install open shelving – perfect for displaying your favorite objects, dinnerware or collectibles – or opt for countertop appliances in brights or soft pastels. Add a kitchen cart or bar trolley and fill it with colorful glasses, decanters and serving platters.

If you’re a little more daring, try painting an accent wall in your favorite hue to create a focal point in the kitchen, or add a swash of color to an unexpected surface such as an island or chair rail moulding. Take it a step further and create a colorful backsplash using glass or subway tiles. Introduce solid color bar stools, or for a more eclectic look – mix and match dining chairs in different colors.

Change it up

To add a bit of fun and some mid-century flair to your kitchen, consider replacing your current fridge and range with retro-inspired appliances such as those offered by Elmira Stove Works. Available in a variety of cheerful colors – from bold brights and classic pastels to virtually limitless custom hues – these appliances will bring character to your kitchen while offering the convenience and performance of modern appliances.

For optimum contrast, pair a Candy Red or Beach Blue refrigerator and range with soft or neutral toned cabinetry. For a more subtle – but still striking look – pair a fridge and range in White, Buttercup Yellow or Bisque with white or lighter colored cabinets. Add a couple of matching small accent pieces, or interesting knobs and pulls, to tie everything together.

Go natural

To really elevate your kitchen to the next level, consider replacing old, worn countertops with natural stone. While a number of kitchen surface options exist, natural stone is a great choice for homeowners looking for a one-of-a-kind countertop that will set their kitchen apart. At once beautiful and timeless, natural stone is also durable, sustainable and requires minimal maintenance – providing a lasting return on investment.

Although granite and marble remain popular countertop choices, quartzite has been gaining ground as a natural stone option for the kitchen due to its resistance to heat and etching. And, some varieties of quartzite possess distinctive veining, offering the look of marble.

Keep it simple

It can seem like a daunting task to take on a full kitchen renovation. But, you don’t have to invest in a complete overhaul to add some zest to your kitchen. Start small by utilizing some of the tips provided above and – to avoid feeling overwhelmed – break down the process into smaller steps, making changes as your budget and resources allow. Applying just one of these tips will bring a breath of fresh air into your space and transform even the most basic kitchen from ordinary to stunning.

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Photos provided by (clockwise from top left) Norfolk Kitchen & Bath, M S International, Elmira Stove Works, Polycor