A gorgeous kitchen is on almost every homeowner’s wish list. We visualize coming home at the end of the day and preparing a meal for our family at a gorgeous island while sipping a glass of cabernet from the stylish refrigerator. But, when you return home and enter your kitchen, you crash back to the reality of your ho-hum kitchen. Make stylish updates to glam up your kitchen, and you’ll love spending time in your kitchen.
One catch. Kitchen upgrades can be costly. You want to be sure to spend your money wisely. Make sure that the investment you make adds both style and functionality. Of course, you want a great looking kitchen. But, if it doesn’t work well for you it will become frustrating very quickly. Keep the style and functionality at the top of your mind at all times as you make these updates.
5 Stylish Updates for the Kitchen
Add an Island
An island is an item at the top of most people’s kitchen wish list. It adds function through additional storage, adds workspace, and can house a sink for easy clean up. The kids can pull up a stool to eat a snack or do their homework or you can sit and sip a morning coffee here.
In addition, an island is gorgeous and stylish. The current trend is to paint the island a different color than your kitchen cabinetry to make it add a splash of color and create a focal point.
Paint the Cabinets
No need to save money for a contractor, this is a DIY project that you can complete in just a few days. Paint drab old cabinets to give them an instant boost. Instead of a wood stain, opt for a neutral fashion color such as light gray or a creamy white. These neutrals lighten up the room and allow you to use pops of trendy colors or change to seasonal accessories throughout the year.
Here’s a current trend tip. Replace one or two cabinet doors with a glass-fronted door. It makes the space feel larger and gives you a place to display your most gorgeous dishware.
Install Gorgeous Windows
Free your kitchen of drab and drafty windows that let in drafts. New windows can give your space a bright new look. Vinyl replacement windows will update the style and keep you comfortable while you’re working in the kitchen. Choose double-hung windows to allow the windows to tilt in for easy cleaning—this will allow you to keep them looking crisp and clean at all times.
Top windows with minimal-looking window treatments to keep that contemporary look.
Upgrade to Stainless Steel
If you still have white kitchen appliances, invest in an update to stainless steel. Stainless steel appliances add a metallic finish that adds depth to the décor. Updating appliances could also save you money on your monthly energy bill.
When you’re styling, remember that metallics are a neutral. It’s ok in today’s décor to mix and match your metals. It’s more interesting than exactly matching all your metals.
Consider Concrete Countertops
Ten years ago, the granite trend was hot. While it’s still trending today, there are other options that will give you a contemporary feel. Look into the possibility of concrete countertops. They are less money than granite but still give your kitchen that updated look. In addition, they are very interesting and add a cool industrial edge.
While you’re changing up the countertop, remember to upgrade your sink at the same time.
Many consider the kitchen the most important room of the home. You need it to work well for your family, but that doesn’t need to mean boring! Consider these stylish upgrades to your kitchen and you’ll enjoy it for many years to come.
Author Bio: Matt Rotondi is the owner of Zen Windows Boston. The lifelong Boston resident loves his city and proud to have served local homeowners for over 20 years. When he’s not out working with homeowners, you’ll find Matt hanging out with his wife and three children.