2011 Kitchen Remodeling Trends
One of the biggest complaints people tend to make about their home is the kitchen. Either it’s not their style, isn’t functional or doesn’t have enough storage. Whatever the case may be, remodeling your kitchen is a great investment in your home that can net you a higher resale value.
I’ve started seeing this on kitchen displays in many retailers. Mixing materials such as wood and glass or mixing wood styles and stains can achieve this effect. It’s very modern without being too contemporary. You can accomplish this by using different materials for the cabinets and the island, or by having one type of base cabinets and one type of wall cabinets.
For many families, the kitchen tends to be a gathering place in addition to a food prep station, so island/peninsula style floorplans are highly desirable as they give plenty of room in the kitchen. In addition to dining and prep space, you will also need functional and practical space saving solutions for your utensils, small electronics and dry or canned goods. Pullout drawers, a “lazy Susan” in corner units and adjustable shelves improve the functionality of your kitchen and keep you organized.
As the “going green” trend gathers steam, more people are choosing to incorporate sustainable elements into their home design, such as concrete counters, bamboo floors, recycled wood and recycled glass. Another easy way to help the environment is by using Energy Star appliances. While they may be a little higher in price, they more than make up for it with conservation of electricity and water over the long run.
Add Color With a Backsplash:
While the true purpose of a backsplash is to protect your kitchen walls from water, oil and other elements, it can also provide decoration. A nice backsplash can give your kitchen a more elegant, refined look. Glass tiles are becoming more and more popular. Regardless of your kitchen design, traditional, country, modern, and eclectic, cottage or Tuscan, you can add a backsplash that perfectly expresses your own personal style.
It would be a large undertaking, but look at your floor plan and see if you can create a great room. If possible, you may want to consider tearing down a wall to open up your kitchen space and make it feel more a part of your home. An open floor plan is extremely efficient and practical for any family!
Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to add function and appeal while increasing the overall value of your home. You may choose to build new kitchen cabinets and countertops or reface the old ones. As we mentioned in our Top Remodeling Projects for 2011, you must first budget and then plan when doing a home remodel. A tasteful kitchen design will not only look great, but will also maximize space and efficiency, adding value to your investment!