The kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the home, where families gather and cook together, and where hearty meals – and heartfelt memories – are made.
If your kitchen has seen better days, it might be time for a revamp – after all, a new year is the perfect time for a fresh start, both for yourself and your home.
Here are 10 reno ideas to inspire your next kitchen renovation.
1. Spice Things Up With a Spice Rack
Is your cinnamon nowhere to be seen? Can’t tell where the turmeric is hiding? If you’ve been storing your spices haphazardly throughout your kitchen, it may be high time to get them organized.
From a magnetic spice board, to a pull-out cabinet, to a DIY test tube spice rack, there’s no shortage of clever takes on the classic kitchen spice rack – this spice storage Pinterest board is the perfect place to get started.
2. Add an Island
The Island is a modern kitchen mainstay, and for good reason – from functionality to style, most kitchens are simply not complete without an island at their centre. If your kitchen isn’t outfitted with one yet, why not add an island?
While you may be rearing to go, unless you’re a seasoned DIYer, it’s best to leave this project to the professionals - use these tips to make sure you make the right choice when it comes to choosing a contractor.
3. Update Those Countertops
If your countertops have made it through one too many meal preps, messy spills, and grocery hauls, it might be time to give them the attention they deserve.
Updating those old countertops can truly change the look and feel of your entire kitchen, for a fraction of the cost of an entire kitchen renovation. From quartz, granite, laminate and more, there are a wealth of options to choose from. Stumped on where to begin? The kitchen countertops section of thisoldhouse.com is a great place to start your research.
4. Give The Cabinets a Makeover
One sure-fire way to give your kitchen a new lease on life is by getting rid of old cabinets and swapping them out with sleek new ones. But what if a complete cabinet makeover isn’t in the budget?
Since replacing cabinets can account for at least 50% of your renovation budget, you may opt for a mini-makeover instead. Refacing your cabinets, rather than replacing them completely, will give your kitchen a fresh, contemporary look that won’t eat away at your reno budget.
5. Make a Splash With a New Backsplash
From tile to glass, marble to mirror, there’s a wealth of kitchen backsplash options to choose from. Whether you want to go cozy, rustic, contemporary or are looking for that classic cottage feel, adding a backsplash to your kitchen is the perfect way to ease into a kitchen renovation without breaking the bank.
6. Let There Be New Lighting
Lighting can be the difference between a bright, lively eating area, and a dull, gray kitchen.
Whether you’re looking for something sleek and sophisticated, something low-key, or something totally dramatic (think full fledged crystal chandelier!) these kitchen lighting ideas from housebeautiful.com will light the way.
7. Get a Handle on Things
When it comes to home renovations, sometimes less is more. If you want to make the most impact with your revamp, for the least amount of work, try outfitting your cabinets with brand new handles. Not sure where to start? This guide from familyhandyman.com will guide you through the process.
8. Update Those Old Appliances
If your microwave hasn’t microwaved properly in years, or your fridge resembles a remnant of decades gone by, your best kitchen renovation bet is to swap out those old appliances for brand, shiny new ones.
Besides updating the look of your kitchen, investing in new appliances will pay you back in dividends, improving food storage, meal preparation, and help you save on your energy bill.
9. Swap the Cabinets for Shelves
Instead of updating your kitchen cabinets, why not swap them out for shelves? Replacing a few of your kitchen cabinets some elegant shelving will open up the space, making a smaller kitchen look and feel bigger, and adding a modern twist to any kitchen.
10. A Little Paint Goes a Long Way
If you’re not looking to delve into a full-fledged kitchen revamp, remember – a little paint goes a long way! Rejuvenating your kitchen can really be as simple as a fresh coat of paint. Why not break out the rollers and paint cans and make a day of it? Be sure to use our detailed guide to paint your kitchen like a pro.
Opting for a renovation is a great way to update any room in your home, while increasing resale value and swapping outdated style for a fresh, modern feel. But whether you’re replacing your kitchen cabinets, or updating your bathroom lighting, use our home renovation and insurance guide to safely navigate the exciting world of home reno.