Any home project is stressful, and it can be hard to know where to start even if you have ideas about what you want to do with space. If you’re having a hard time figuring out how you should remodel your kitchen, from appliances to paint colors, here’s some expert advice from Eric Benjamin of Keller Williams in Atlanta, and interior designer Kim Nielsen based in Charleston.
Unless you plan on selling your house in the next 12-24 months, any remodeling should be about personal function, not what’s going to sell. Don’t worry about resale value! The kitchen is the center of the home, so don’t be afraid to have fun and let it be a reflection of you and your family.
Mix materials and textures, paint the walls a wacky color – the kitchen should first and foremost be designed to you and your family’s needs and tastes. Make sure that your kitchen flows with the rest of your home as well.
Consider your specific kitchen needs; do you really need a top-of-the-line chef’s quality 6 burner stove? Think about how much and how often you actually use your kitchen tools and choose appliances with features that fit your lifestyle and needs. Make sure your kitchen is functional for you.
Everything should have a place in your kitchen; look at what you have and how you want and need to store it. Too much open shelving can create clutter if not organized properly, so consider using deep drawers for everyday pots and pans, and use dividers to stay organized. Cabinetry should be the biggest investment in a new or remodeled kitchen and shouldn’t be done cheaply.
Dead space is not your friend in the kitchen; filling in spaces with cabinets that go all the way to the ceilings will make the room look bigger, increase storage, and help get rid of any dead space in the kitchen.
Consider hiring a pro
Do your research before hiring a professional. Whether you decide to use an interior designer, real estate agent, or contractor, it should be someone you like and trust to help you remodel your house. Don’t be afraid to ask for references, and if you don like someone or get a bad vibe from them, don’t hire them. Lighting is an especially important task that’s best undertaken by a lighting specialist or interior designer professional.