Despite all the hype about a recession, it is a buyer’s market, and now is the time to purchase low in a great location that will serve your family for years to come. If you have managed to save on the purchase price of a new property, consider a classy kitchen makeover.
Not only is this one of the best value-adds for when you do decide to resell, but most families spend enough time in the kitchen to make it worth their while to revamp it for comfort and appeal. Budgets ranging from $2,000 to $50,000 are all workable for a remodeled kitchen. At the lower end, most of the changes will be cosmetic, whereas, if you have more to spend, you can even put in brand-new appliances and rearrange the entire look.
If your kitchen is fairly small or dark, it can be uplifted by an emphasis on pristine white with one wall painted a pale green that is just a hint of color amidst the whiteness, or else a light green. You can extend the green tone to the kitchen door and a few cupboard doors.
Kitchens are busy places with a lot of traffic and tend to be where visitors congregate. Green tones down the heat and brings in a sense of peace and restfulness. Complement this with several pot plants that showcase their healthy green leaves. You will have a stunning-looking kitchen for a very low cost.
Avoid yellow-toned light bulbs and stick to silver or white finishes, such as on light fixtures. You can’t go wrong with quartz countertops that have a clean, polished appearance and will match the light, spacious atmosphere you are aiming for. Floor tiles that are delicately white with understated grey veining are perfectly teamed with the wall and cupboard tones and quartz countertops.
With a budget of $10,000 to $50,000, you should still have something left over to replace your crockery and dinner sets in full. In keeping with the chosen color scheme, plain white plates, bowls, and serving dishes are recommended. Some tall pastel coffee mugs will add a touch of whimsy. These can be highlighted by placing them on a shelf without a cupboard door.
If you can afford it, a double sink is a must (see why). You will need to get a double-door cabinet for it to rest on. And on almost any budget, you should be able to find classy, silver faucets. Now is the time to replace appliances and purchase ones you have not been able to get yet.
Keeping Your Kitchen Looking Good
Hygiene is the number one rule in kitchens (and bathrooms). You would be amazed at the number of germs that collect on a chopping board. For guests coming for a meal, nothing is more off-putting than a grimy kitchen or a host with dirty fingernails.
Dedicate a place near the front door where school bags, muddy shoes, and other paraphernalia can be placed, as much out of sight as possible.
Once you have a beautiful kitchen, you will want to keep it that way.