The kitchen is one of the most-used areas of the home. Aside from being the obvious place to cook, it’s often a visual and social focal point of the home. Rather than the living or dining room, my family always tends to congregate around the kitchen for late-night conversations and quality time spent together. The kitchen adds a ton of value to the home, both in terms of practicality and long-term equity. If your kitchen isn’t in the condition that you’d like it to be, it’s probably time for a remodel. There are a host of practical and affordable projects that you can tackle during this nation-wide down time to make your kitchen more beautiful and practical to use. Here’s five of the best ways that you can improve your kitchen during the pandemic.
- Change the color scheme
When it comes to how your kitchen makes you feel, one of the biggest contributing factors is the colors present. Depending on the overall condition and style of your home, you might want to change your kitchen color scheme to make it stand out or blend in more. If your kitchen is a smaller space, stay away from dark, saturated colors on the walls; opt for whites, light grey or pastels instead. In addition, make sure that your cabinets are in good shape. If your cabinets are wood but don’t match the space well, try painting them white or grey.
A good backsplash can add a lot of value to your kitchen. It makes the whole space a bit more practical (they’re much easier to clean than bare walls as they aren’t as porous) and beautiful. There’s a lot of options when it comes to material, style and color; subway tile is a popular option at the moment, and it’s pretty affordable. Another great option is tin tile. It’s also incredibly affordable and can brighten up your room due to its reflective properties. It’s also very easy to clean.
Countertops are another part of your kitchen that take up a lot of space. They’re probably the most used part of your kitchen, so it’s well worth spending some time and money to have them upgraded. Granite countertops are a classic, durable and practical material choice. They pretty much never go out of style and add an air of elegance and charm to your space. If your kitchen previously had laminate countertops, you will feel the difference in quality immediately.
- Use wall storage
Using the space on your walls for storage is a great way to add some decorative flair to the space. If you’ve invested in kitchenware that you particularly like the look of, it’s also a great way to display it. Try adding floating wood shelves to your space for plates and bowls and detachable hooks for your utensils and kitchen tools. You can also opt for open cabinets; they’re fairly easy to build yourself and are cheaper and less fussy than cabinets with doors.
- Swap out appliances
Appliances like the fridge and microwave drastically change the look, feel and practicality of your kitchen. Make sure that they are adding value to your kitchen instead of taking away from it. A new fridge can be surprisingly affordable, as can other, smaller kitchen appliances. You don’t have to have all of them match meticulously, but it’s good to at least have a theme in terms of color and material. A new faucet is very affordable and can add a lot of visual interest to your space. Have fun and don’t be afraid to express your style.