As you can imagine, a kitchen remodel ideas can be perplexing as you may not know where to begin, or how to chart the best course of action. So before you set about planning the initial stages of a complete kitchen renovation. It is essential to know exactly where to start, and how much of a budget you have to work with as a kitchen remodel is a costly investment that can pay off when reselling- if done well.

To start, ask yourself what your goals are, what is missing from your current kitchen designs, and what you’d like to see go? Maybe you need a larger pantry or a pull out spice rack.

For avid cooks, regular hosts, and busy families, your kitchen is probably the center of your daily life- so have a functioning kitchen with your needs is key.

So to help bring some ideas for your kitchen project this year, we need to start with what is the top kitchen decor and renovation trends of 2019. Here is everything you need to know to recreate the heart of your home with confidence and ease.

Counter-tops

Granite is out and Quartz is in! Though we’ve seen our fair share of various counter-top material come and go, the popular brilliance of quartz finishes continues to have no end in sight. It remains one of our clients most requested materials, and for a good reason.
Besides it being a timeless look, quartz is virtually indestructible as it produces a harder surface- just be sure to avoid HEAT! Hot pots can damage the material easily, where as most are use to granite and putting hot item on the counter, this does not stay true with quartz. The only downside to the material.

Color schemes

White kitchens are over, but there is not denying the timeless appeal to an ultra-bright kitchen, there are plenty of fantastic alternatives. Also white kitchens are much harder to keep clean on a daily basis, which is why bringing in some distinctive hues to create a more memorable kitchen.

 Moodier Tone:

Consider a moodier tone in your kitchen with an unexpected color to create a more rich look.

Matte Everything

What’s not to love about a slick matte finish? Showrooms are now bringing in more Matte Finish cabinetry and appliances, that are not just attractive, but much easier to keep clean. 

Mix & Match

Be BOLD with unexpected comparison from cabinets to flooring to create a memorable, personalized ix exclusive to your home that won’t keep you trapped in one definitive design direction. Do different wall cabinet colors then the base cabinets. Chose a different color island then the rest of the cabinets to add that pop. 

Bright Stove & Hood

Ranges and hoods can be a substantial investments, opting for a different shades, from cool and calming pastels to primary hue.

Clutter Free

Less can truly mean more as the slightest upgrades can add more space for prep time and storage solutions. Clutter-Free surfaces and thinking about alternatives for your upper cabinets, like shelves instead of cabinets.

Minimal

For a modern contemporary home, you should consider updating your kitchen with clean-lined cabinets and eliminate molding and heavy finishes.

Under Counter Appliances

This trend started a few years ago and has been more and more popular over the years. When designing your kitchen, you should consider clearing spots above the lower cabinetry, and opt for under the counter appliances like microwaves or a produce fridge; It will keep things out of sight.

Smart Kitchen

Since your are renovating your kitchen, it’s a good idea to think about adding smart features. Technology is advancing and continues to enhance our daily lives, that it is no surprise that is has made its way into the kitchen. From remote light controls to smart screen display fridges, there are plenty of tech updates that you can take advantage of.

Shelving

A more sophisticated alternative to wooden shelves are open shelving is glass shelves. Which are easier to clean, let light in, and look more luxurious than unfinished wooden ones. Something to consider when designing your kitchen.

Islands

Adding an island to your kitchen layout can benefit the room in so many ways, especially if you are taking a wall down to open up the kitchen. They increase the prep space, and create an unobstructed conversation and dining area. You can had stools on the opposite side to invite guest in for conversation while preparing the meal.
Island storage- is also another benefit of adding an island into the kitchen. Storage and function are key concerns in any kitchen, so take advantage of that space under your kitchen island and think of clever hacks to make the most use of the space.
Island Table- By extending your counter-top over the edge of your kitchen island, you’ll easily add extra space for seating more quest while eliminating the need for a table if you are short on space.
Statement Stools- if you have the island then you need to accent it with the right stools. Maybe choosing something with color to make the kitchen pop more or something basic like wood. 

Deep Drawers

Can’t ever find a cabinet for the pot to sit in? By adding deeper than average drawers you will make cooking and storage all the easier. Consider adding these drawer next to the range, were high traffic cooking area are located.

Sinks

Sinks can be a great way to add a unique statement to your kitchen. Farmhouse sinks are making their way out and unique statement.

Lighting

Lighting in the kitchen is another way to make a statement. Pendant lights are trending right now, and there is a good reason, they are perfect for adding ample light to wide open space.

Grout

This item might not sound like an important item when designing your kitchen, but it is and can make all the difference. Grout can lend a hand in the kitchen decor by adding a kick or hint of needed color.

 

 

WHAT TO STAY AWAY FROM WHEN DESIGNING YOUR KITCHEN

WISDOM FROM A CONTRACTOR

Mason Jars- enough with using mason jars for drinking. Sure they are great for storage and should be reused as much as possible, however they are highly immature for serving and low brow to boot.

Subway Tiles- they are a timeless, but they are also beyond tired at the moment as you can spot them everywhere, from your local fast food restaurant to your neighbors home. Go above and beyond on tiles to give a more unexpected look to your home.

Pot Racks- They are great in magazine photos of kitchens and the real chefs use them, but are your that in love with dusting your pots from dust that accumulates on them.

 

Graphic Signs- LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE sign is not needed to know how you live. Skip the now redundant signs in your home, making your space look like a hallmark gift shop. If you want to add art then go for real, substantial art to make a statement.

Barn Doors- they are great to add to your home, but not in the kitchen area, and depending on the design of your kitchen it could clash. They also take up wall space that could be utilized for storage or more cabinets. 

Cherry Toned Wood- Nothing dates a home like cherry- toned wood.

Bar Height Tables- This is great when you are single and living it up, but this is something you should throw out when upgrading to your adult home.

 

 

As you can see it take more than a mix of trends and kitchen furniture updates to bring your kitchen into the 21st century. Especially when your current kitchen is outdated and lacking personality.

Often when customer are looking to renovate their kitchen, there is a reason behind it, maybe it’s a growing family that can’t fit around your breakfast table, or maybe your small kitchen is feeling too small for your cooking needs. There are a lot of little factors that add up to the call for a kitchen renovation.

Whatever the case maybe for your kitchen renovation, we suggest turning to a professional to help you create a way to get everything you want in your dream kitchen.

  1. What is your goal? Are you planning to sell your home in the next few years? Are you intending to upgrade your home for that sale? Or are you simply seeking to make the best of your kitchen?
  2. How Long do you plan to live in your home? If you see yourself living there for only a few years, you should probably consider a different type of renovation, something maybe not as expensive or personal to you. Something more traditional and timeless for the next home owners to want to buy your home.
  3. Do you have children? If you do, or plan to have some soon, then you need to keep that in mind when designing your kitchen. Choose resilient easy-to-clean material, that are ideal for kid-friendly kitchens.
  4. Do you have allergies and health issues? If someone in your family suffers from asthma or other breathing issues, talk with your contractor before the start of your project. Its best to notify them to stay away from high-gloss lacquers, phenol formaldehyde, and urea.
  5. Living in your home during the renovation? If so, keep in mind that it will add to the lead time and construction duration, as adding to the level of protection and cleanliness that needs to be maintained during the renovation process.
  6. What is your budget? This can help you better understand what amount of money you can spend comfortably. It’s crucial to be honest with the experts you hire about what that number really is.
  7. What can you remove to open up your kitchen? Ask yourself and your contractor about exploring every possibility that make the best use of your kitchen remodel.
  8. What’s behind those walls? You will need to keep in mind that every kitchen has concealed utility risers that will ultimately limit the amount of room your have to work with.
  9. When can or want to get started? A well-planned project is a well-executed project, so take your time to properly plan every move during the kitchen renovation process or you will get overwhelmed.
  10. How to choose the right contractor? Don’t go for the cheapest, and don’t go for the most expensive. When choosing a contractor, you need to pick the one you trust, understands your wants and works with your budget.