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.
Spice up your life and your kitchen
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information on retro appliances, visit www.elmirastoveworks.com.
To learn more about natural stone countertops, visit www.usenaturalstone.com.
Photos provided by (clockwise from top left) Norfolk Kitchen & Bath, M S International, Elmira Stove Works, Polycor