Sophistication doesn’t have to come at a high price – yes, you can spend a few extra bucks to get something that shows extreme luxe, but you can also spend an average amount of money and get something that looks just as good. Sophistication doesn’t mean you have to blow every penny in your wallet.
That first paragraph pertains to life in general, but we’re going to narrow in the search and only talk about sophisticated kitchens today.
With that being said, what do you need to do to your kitchen to make it have that extra OOMPH affect?
We have three simple tips for you to take into account. Once you’re done reading up on our suggestions, you’ll be on the right path to a stylistic and affordable sophistication.
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Cabinets & Their Hardware
Cabinets are the #1 upgrade that homeowners go with to start renovations – and an upgraded cabinet scheme will most definitely provide sophistication to your kitchen.
If you just want to spice things up a little bit, we suggest refreshing and re-staining the front cabinet doors that you currently have. However, if you have a little extra money in the budget, look into purchasing a new cabinet set. Neutral colors are in right now, but so are dark colors. Technically, you can range your cabinet selection from oaky, clear cabinets, to dark brown, cherry cabinets. The range is not small.
If you do happen to refresh and re-stain, make sure you upgrade your door front hardware. Pulls, handles, and hinges are not dramatically expensive, and they can definitely incorporate that element of luxe you’ve been looking for.
Tip: Make sure if you do replace the hardware, that you get the proper sizes that fit into the glide slots and the holes already provided.
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New Light Fixtures
The light fixtures that you install in your kitchen can really brighten the room (pun intended).
Focus on the different forms of lighting you can add to the room. There are the obvious light fixtures that every kitchen needs to have, like a chandelier or a simple feature above the dining room table. But there are also ambient and task lighting fixtures that can add character to the kitchen.
Ambient lighting often has a dimming switch installed in the wall – and it’s a good idea if you go this route. That way, if you need the lights to be brighter, you can make them brighter. And, if you need the lights to chill out a little bit, you can tone them down, too. Task lighting can also be useful in the kitchen, especially in areas specified to certain tasks (like a hidden light under the kitchen hood to zone in on the stovetop while you’re cooking at night. This type of lighting can also be installed in the cabinets, making it easier to locate dishes and containers when the room is darker.
Backsplash & Countertops
The backsplash and the countertops will go hand in hand – you can’t choose one that doesn’t match the other, the kitchen will just look off at that point.
Let’s start with the backsplash.
This area of the kitchen is KEY. If you have a bad backsplash, you won’t win any points, considering this kitchen installation is, without a doubt, the focal point of every kitchen. Why is that, do you ask? Probably because it generally showcases the homeowner’s overall stile and flair.
If you’re looking for advice on backsplashes, we’d say go with a stylistic and bold choice; the more bizarre, the better. Go with patters, or bright colors, or something a little edgy – the goal here is to wow everyone that enters your kitchen. Realistically, you’re not going to install drastic countertops, put bright colored cabinets into place, choose a dining room table that’s out of whack, or choose a countertop that doesn’t match the rest of the room. So, if you’re going to choose one area to jump for and be out of your element in, it’s going to be the backsplash.
Then there’s the countertops; if you currently have granite or marble countertops and you’re over the style of them, it’s time to replace and rejuvenate, which you can do if you visit website Marble.com. You can go with a different style of the material you’re currently using, if your budget allows it, or you can install laminate or wood countertops. If you currently have laminate or wood countertops, you’re already one step ahead of the game!
Laminate and wood countertops allow you the option to renew your kitchen through one simple substance: Paint.
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You can paint them a solid color that goes with your color scheme in the kitchen, or you can have a professional painter come into your home and paint your countertops to look exactly like granite or marble; though they won’t have the texture, they will have the look.
That’s really all it takes to amp up a kitchen and add a little sophistication ladies and gentlemen.
Head to the store, improve upon your cabinets and hardware, select new light combinations, and think outside the box with your backsplash and countertops. All will be well in as little as no time – and you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg to do it!