The cooler weather is coming, and that means that you’ll be spending more time in the kitchen cooking hearty soups and other fall favorites. You’ll also be getting ready to host holiday parties and dinners. So now is the time to get those kitchen upgrades done so that your home will be holiday ready and your family’s favorite place to be during the cold weather months. The best kitchen upgrades will both increase the value of your home and make your kitchen look better.
Here are 5 kitchen upgrades that will accomplish both of those things.
1. Revamp Your Cabinets
Changing up the look of your cabinets can completely change the feel of your kitchen. If you don’t want to have your cabinets totally replaced you can paint them yourself. Painting your cabinets is a fantastic way to give your kitchen an updated on trend look. Colorful kitchens are a hot trend right now and giving your kitchen cabinets a colorful and bright face lift will keep those winter blues away. To get the best effect choose two shades of one color and paint the upper cabinets in one shade and the lower cabinets in another. You can also remove the cabinet doors and use open shelving and colorful dishes and glassware to add a colorful, visual interest in the kitchen.
2. Under Cabinet Lighting
Under cabinet lighting will dramatically brighten up your cooking space and make the kitchen easier to cook in, which is important when you have to cook twenty dozen holiday cookies or a big Thanksgiving dinner. Installing under cabinet lighting is easy and the energy efficient LED lighting will help lower your energy bill. Anything that can help save you money during the winter when you will need to have the heat on high for months at a time is a home project worth doing. Under cabinet lighting will also make your kitchen look more elegant and create a better entertaining atmosphere if you have an open concept kitchen and entertaining space.
3. New Countertops
Replacing your old countertops will make a big difference in the look and feel of your kitchen, as well as the functionality. Quartz countertops are very affordable and durable, which make them the perfect choice when you are on a tight budget. But they also come in such a huge array of colors and patterns. You can find bright colors, or natural stone patterns, or whatever kind of countertop color that expresses your unique vision for your kitchen. You can even achieve a marbled look with quartz countertops. If you want to create a fun and unique look for your kitchen but you also need countertops that can stand up to daily cooking then quartz countertops are the choice for you.
For a different approach, consider rustic kitchen countertops. This can add texture and a cozy atmosphere to your entertaining space. The farmhouse look is continuing to grow in popularity and adding rustic countertops to your kitchen can add a new twist to your farmhouse inspired kitchen.
4. Update Your Kitchen Faucets
When was the last time you replaced your kitchen faucets and hardware? Have you ever? If you haven’t, or if it’s been awhile, replacing the faucets is a quick and easy way to update your kitchen and give it a luxurious feel. Watermark faucets will shine bright and the added functionality of faucets that have touch sensors and other high tech features will make that holiday cooking and entertaining a lot easier.
5. Replace Outdated Flooring
Replacing the old flooring in your kitchen is a must if you want to make your kitchen and entertaining space ready for holiday parties. Engineered distressed hardwood flooring is a smart choice because it adds value to your home but it’s stronger and more durable than traditional hardwood. But laminate flooring or ceramic tile flooring are also great choices that will keep their designer look even in a high traffic area like the kitchen. For a more rustic, farmhouse feel, consider reclaimed wood.
Homeowners are sometimes put off by the cost of real wooden flooring but installing wooden flooring is always a smart investment. Real wood floors have timeless appeal and make any home look beautiful and elegant. Wide plank wood floors are perfect for making your home feel warm and appealing without feeling stuffy or overdone. Wide plank wood floors evoke feelings of comfort, home, and spending time with the people that you love. It doesn’t matter if your home is a brand new build or a vintage home that needs a little love wide wood plank flooring will give your home a serious style upgrade.