Cabinets, backsplashes, countertops, lighting, flooring, color schemes, cabinetry hardware, and appliances. The list goes on and on when it comes to renovating your kitchen. Where do you start on the list, and, most importantly, how do you decide what specific plans will work in your own house? If you’ve ever walked into a home improvement store or a home renovation showroom and wandered through the kitchen sections, chances are you left feeling a little overwhelmed and incapable of making any initial decisions. After all, this is your kitchen, and a total kitchen renovation is usually a once-in-a-lifetime event. It’s important to get the design right the first time around.
So, if a kitchen renovation is next on the to-do list, but you’re dreading the upcoming decision making process, getting a little inspiration could be just what you need to get your kitchen transformation started.
4 Ways to Get Inspired For a Kitchen Renovation
- Take “Before” Pictures. Yes, that’s right. Take pictures of your kitchen in advance. Take pictures of everything, from your current flooring and cabinets to your backsplash and appliances. Every aspect of your kitchen is important to its overall look and function, so be sure to capture an accurate picture of your overall space. Having individual pictures can help you think about your kitchen in terms of individual areas that function together in one space. This can help you relieve some of the stress by enabling you to tackle separate tasks off your visual checklist. And, as a bonus, your photo collage will serve as a reminder about how crumby your kitchen was before the renovation and how much better it will be afterwards.
- Check with your neighbors. If you live in a neighborhood or housing community, chances are there are a few houses that have a similar structural design and layout as yours. What’s happening in their kitchens? Not only will this be an opportunity to get to know your neighbors better, but you can also get a visual picture of what your kitchen could look like from those homes that already have renovated kitchens. If you’re having a difficult time picturing what your updated kitchen would look like in your house, this is the perfect solution.
- Look Online. The Internet is filled with a plethora of resources giving you renovation ideas for nearly every possible kitchen layout. These resources can show you dream kitchen features you have always wished for and practical, must-have elements that your kitchen needs to be as functional as possible. The Internet allows you to research different appliances, cabinetry, and tile options to determine what styles models or styles come highly recommended and fit within your budget. When you finally go to visit the kitchen design professionals, you can go having the information you need to make informed decisions on every aspect of your kitchen renovation.
- Take a trip to a kitchen renovation showroom. The professionals are known as experts for a reason. Not only do they have a complete area dedicated to displaying all of your options for your upcoming kitchen renovation, but you may also be able to take a virtual tour of what your personal space will look like after the updates are complete. Sitting down and having a one-on-one consultation will give you a more realistic picture of what you can expect, including total costs and an estimated timeframe for work to be completed. Getting the facts from the professionals can help put your mind at ease about the process and give you an end product that you can look forward to.
Kurtis Kitchen and Bath Centers has experts waiting in our Livonia, Clarkston, Royal Oak, Warren, and Woodhaven showrooms to assist you with your upcoming kitchen renovation. Stop by today or call 1-888-KURTIS-1 to get inspired about the potential beauty hiding in your current kitchen space.