If your kitchen is starting to look “retro” only because it hasn’t been updated in the last 30 years, then it may be time for a makeover. After all, this is the space where you spend the most time entertaining guests (not to mention cooking).
So how can you make the most of your kitchen? Well, we have some remodeling tips that you can employ to make the most of your kitchen. And, once you’ve made all of the design decisions, you can count on First Quality Interiors for a flooring installation to get you started.
Build From the Floor Up
As floor installation experts, we’re a bit biased on this one, but we suggest that you begin your renovation plans from the ground up. You can think about the flooring that you’ll install in your new kitchen, and then match the fixtures and facets of your kitchen to your flooring. You can even choose paint colors for your walls based on the flooring that you’ll install.
We recommend installing luxury vinyl tile flooring, laminate flooring, or a hardwood throughout your kitchen, since these floors are easy to clean and quite waterproof (although you’ll have to be a bit more cautious with hardwood flooring, which can be stained by spills and standing water). Consider installing a lighter-colored flooring material if you have a smaller kitchen, since it will make your kitchen feel a bit more breathable. If you have a moderately sized kitchen or a larger kitchen, you can get away with flooring of any color. From there, you can mix and match the other components of your kitchen with your floor.
While some looks are timeless, others prove to be fads. Think about black and white checkered linoleum floors, or those vibrant bar stools that died out in the 60s. If you’re going to upgrade your kitchen, it’s a good idea to opt for a timeless look — especially if you’re planning on putting your home on the market at any point in the future. Go for natural wood or whitewashed cabinets, tile walls, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances if you’re uncertain about the best options whose style won’t die. You can still get creative with color choices, textures, and the materials that you use throughout your kitchen.
Match All Components
You should consider all of the components of your kitchen at the same time. If you can, you should get samples of all of the design elements that you’re considering. Get a paint swatches, a flooring sample, a cabinet sample, tile samples, and even fixture samples (like the nickel tap handle that you’re considering for your sink). Place all of these components next to each other, to see if the color schemes and texture patterns work well together.
Consider Your Lighting
While you’re pulling together all of those samples that we mentioned above, you should be considering how much light that your kitchen receives throughout the day. If you have plenty of windows and natural light, then you can get away with most colors. However, you should also consider how much lighting you have at night, and what that light looks like as it’s cast on all of the fixtures of your kitchen. Take note, you can always add artificial lighting throughout your space, but you can’t add natural lighting, unless you’re considering installing a new window or a skylight.
Maximize the space of your kitchen by adding in plenty of storage. Consider building in a spice rack or specialized spice drawer to keep your spices well organized and accessible. Add plenty of shelving to the pantry (if you have a pantry). And make sure that you have sufficient cabinets to hold all of your dishes and cookware. Also, consider a half-wall or bar if your kitchen feels too enclosed and it rests adjacent to your dining room or living room. You can even go with a counter peninsula or an island if you want to further open up your space.
Start on Solid Ground With First Quality Interiors
Here at First Quality Interiors, we understand that good design starts from the ground up, and we’d be ecstatic to help you kick off your kitchen upgrade with a new floor that suits your upcoming renovation. If you’d like to learn more about our flooring products, or if you’d like to get started, you can reach out to us!