Kitchen Remodeling 101: Making the
Space Your Own
BPT—There is a lot to think about
when remodeling your kitchen. You want to design a kitchen that reflects your
taste and style, which you'll love for years to come. Whether you're designing
for yourself or for resale, the key to success is to embrace timelessness. That
doesn't mean sacrificing personality for a neutral palette, though. Quite the
Here are five creative, thrifty and
helpful tips from Summer Baltzer, interior designer and former host of HGTV's
Design on a Dime, to send you well on your way to a kitchen design that not
only looks great in the long term, but also reflects you.
Tip one: Know your style.
Design your kitchen around colors
and objects that make you feel great. This is the room you probably spend most
of your time in whether you're cooking, entertaining or just doing homework
with the kids. Loving the look is important. Make your design meaningful and
something you'll want to see every day. Look for inspiration from a pottery
collection, a piece of artwork, or even the food you love.
Tip two: Get creative on a budget.
A great way to save money is to
repurpose found items for your accents where you can. Frame pictures from
favorite recipes, use inexpensive flower pots or mason jars to store utensils
and cutlery, repurpose an old console table as a center island. You might even
want to spray-paint the old dining table and give it a new life. Look for
salvaged floors, pallets or pottery to create new furniture pieces or accents.
This approach not only saves you money, but also makes your kitchen enviably
Tip three: Develop your vision.
Keep your ideas on track by
collecting loose drawings; they can become your own personal design board. They
don't have to be professional or even exactly like the finished product - just
enough to make your point and start to envision what the finished product will
look like. Seeing your ideas come together before taking a sledgehammer to your
old tile not only gets you excited about your project, but can also save you
from making design decisions that don't fit your vision. If you're hiring a
professional, plans for the kitchen should be included in the cost. Make sure
that they fit your vision and that you're getting everything you need from your
new space before demo and installation begin.
Tip four: Create timeless beauty.
When focusing on your large
installed items, don't just concentrate on what's popular now. Instead, take a
look at the items that have been relevant for more than a decade. If you're
designing a kitchen for a home you plan on living in for the next 20 years, by
all means, go crazy and embrace colors and patterns that make you happy. But if
you don't plan on staying there forever, give yourself room to grow. Look to
classic color combinations like white, black or gray cabinets; stone
countertops with white or walnut cabinets; or butcher block with just about any
cabinet color you can imagine.
Tip five: Start with simplicity.
Keep the lines of your installed,
more permanent items clean and simple. To add style and versatility, get
creative with your accents. For instance, try going Shaker with your cabinets.
Traditional cup pull handles will move them in a more classic and traditional
direction and linear pull handles will take you down a modern road. By keeping
your appliances and more permanent items simple, and using your accents to
create a sense of style, you'll open up tons of design doors for yourself,
creating a kitchen that transitions easily, keeps up with your style and has
With this timeless know-how and
creative inspiration, you're ready to create a kitchen you'll love both now and
a decade down the road.