Kitchen Makeovers | Do You Need One?
A classy kitchen makeover can add tens of thousands of dollars to your property value, as well as turn your kitchen into a social hub. But how do you know when a kitchen makeover is necessary?
Below we’ll explore:
- How to tell when your kitchen needs a makeover
- Ways to decide how your new kitchen should look
- Three simple kitchen makeover ideas
Does your Kitchen need a Makeover?
A lot of the time you’ll intuitively know when your kitchen is due for a makeover, but if you’re umming and ahhing it’s worth asking yourself the following questions:
- Do you find yourself avoiding the kitchen and/or making excuses not to cook because the space feels uninviting?
- Is the kitchen dark or gloomy?
- Does it feel severely dated? This is particularly important to consider if you’re thinking of selling, as modern kitchens sell houses.
- Is the kitchen functional? Do the layout and design features make cooking easy, or a chore?
- What condition is the kitchen in? When you look around the room are you identifying signs of wear and tear like cracked and mouldy tiles, scorched or swelling laminate, scratched, squashy cabinetry, dented or peeling lino, flaking paint, missing cabinet knobs etc?
If the above questions have helped you confirm that it’s kitchen makeover time, then it’s time to think about what your kitchen makeover will look like.
How do You want Your New Kitchen to Look?
You may have a vision in mind, but it can help to refine your ideas further by seeking out sources of inspiration – whether that be magazines, blogs, friend’s kitchens or visits to kitchen showrooms, where you can discuss your vision with kitchen designers. At Express Kitchens our free 3D custom kitchen design service means you can see what your kitchen will look like before its built and make amendments as needed at the design stage.
Simple Ideas to Consider for Kitchen Makeovers
If you’re after a complete kitchen makeover, it’s probably safe to assume your kitchen is dated, rundown or severely lacking in functional design features. Here’s our top three suggestions for transforming your kitchen:
- Open plan design – Open plan kitchens first became popular in Australia in the 1950s and for good reason. The concept has helped enable busy households to keep in touch with each other through shared use of space. If you have an enclosed U-shaped or high walled-galley kitchen, it’s well worth finding out if you can remove non-load bearing walls to create an open-plan design. This would likely bring more light into your kitchen as well as making the space feel bigger and more welcoming.
- New benchtops – Choosing a new benchtop material is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when you create a new kitchen because benchtops are such a visible, dominant feature. Materials like laminate and engineered stone offer a huge range of designs and colours to choose from.
- Kitchen islands – many Australian kitchens built in the 1980s or earlier don’t have kitchen islands, but nowadays most modern kitchens, in standalone houses, do. Why? Because islands offer extra storage and display space, extra seating space and extra workspace when needed. An island is a great place for younger kids to do homework while parents cook dinner, and the perfect spot for guests to sip drinks and down entrees while the host prepares the main meal.
Kitchen makeovers can transform the way you feel about your kitchen, but it’s well worth putting thought into what you want, so you get a finished result that will satisfy you for decades to come.
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