Every now and again objects, tools, and personal belongings that are frequently utilized need updated, replaced, or a complete overhaul. Not surprisingly, your kitchen is no different. In fact, other than the bathroom, chances are your beloved kitchen is probably the most trafficked area in your home. Whether for family dinners, prepping meals, baking, or routine snacking–every member of a family or household will at some point chalk up some serious time in the kitchen. Therefore, it makes sense to keep the kitchen in good shape, aesthetically pleasing, and functional to ensure it can endure many years of use. Accordingly, we enlisted Sophie Andersen, a home interiors and design expert, to provide 5 simple, straight forward modern Cleveland kitchen remodeling and makeover ideas for 2014.
1. Kitchens Adore New Floors (and so will you!)
Whenever you want to redecorate a room or a place, the essential step is starting from the ground. The foundations of every building or structure are ultimately what keep that place standing still; thus, redoing the floor is a great place to start for a practical kitchen makeover investment. When it comes to the flooring, the options are merely endless. Perhaps the most adequate flooring options for kitchens, however, is installing ceramic tiles. Although some flooring made of wood might be aesthetically more appropriate, tiles are easily cleaned and maintained (for those of you that want the best of both worlds, consider installing porcelain tile that looks just like hardwood). The kitchen is a place where things get spilled or dropped on the floor and tiles are most adequate for such areas.
2. RUGS PRESERVE CERAMIC TILES
To complement your new kitchen floor tiles, it’s a good idea to invest in relatively thicker rugs for high-trafficked areas in your kitchen. In addition to keeping your feet warm, rugs can enhance the overall look and feel of the kitchen as well as provide an extra barrier of protection from spills and leaks. Sometimes it is also a good idea to try to make your rugs match some other details in your kitchen, such as tapestries or different paintings.
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3. INVEST IN A NEW FAUCET
When remodeling your kitchen, it’s almost always a good idea to change the faucet or the gasket–particularly if water keeps leaking from the faucet. Leakage can cost you gallons of water and, consequently, increase your water bill–not to mention environmental irresponsibility. What’s more, new faucets can vastly increase the efficiency of a kitchen, granting you more time and fewer headaches.
4. COUNTERTOPS WILL BRING YOUR FAMILY TOGETHER
Counter-tops are a great way to modernize your kitchen if you’re looking for a quick way to spruce up the place. Perhaps the most important facet to consider in terms of countertop solutions is usability. For instance, if you do not have a dining room, a solid, natural countertop surface on the kitchen island can serve as a small dining table. In this fashion, the countertop can be a super convenient place to spur natural conversation and therefore establishing firmer relations among the family members. Apart from that, many things can be placed on the countertop when prepping large meals or baking.
5. BUILT-IN APPLIANCES – THE MISSING PUZZLE PIECE
Traditionally, kitchen appliances–such as cookers, microwave ovens and dishwashers–took up A LOT of space in the kitchen. However, today the trend is built-in appliances. With a little research or the right designer, your kitchen appliances can be adapted to your kitchen or can be custom-made to its size. When you decide its time to upgrade to built-in appliances, you will immediately be rewarded with more space (and peace of mind) in the kitchen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sophie Andersen is an interior designer from Australia. She’s currently working with professional plumbers at LPZ Plumbing on project concerning new-age sinks and faucets. She loves to share her tips&tricks about home interiors.