A single kitchen remodeling tip could inspire fresh thinking for your entire remodeling project. Trends
are always being updated, so it's useful to know what's new in home kitchen design. You'll
find kitchen remodeling advice and inspiration here.
A fresh coat of paint is an easy way to give your room an
instant face-lift. Single-color schemes make small rooms larger,
and a neutral palette can expand your space more. Or, add drama
with colors like deep reds, eggplant, ochre, and dark blues or
The Personal Touch
Collections and objects that express your personality or your
family history will make your home interesting to your guests
and more enjoyable for you.
Consider letting a favorite hotel or restaurant, or an outdoor
spot that you enjoy, provide the inspiration for your bedroom,
dining room or bath.
One beautiful plant can be a strong design statement. Your style
sense will determine whether a dramatic green plant or a bright
floral bouquet is best for you.
Think about how you entertain; do your friends like watching
your cook, or maybe you like to keep them under foot?
Approaching your design this way will make your space highly
functional when you entertain guests.
The Right Finish
Now more than ever, you have choices for kitchen and bath
fixtures. While matte or polished chrome are always popular,
homeowners are choosing darker finishes such as oil-rubbed
bronze and wrought iron. Consider the look and feel you wish to
create when deciding
Halogen downlights and sconces provide whiter light and fresh
designs. Visit the lighting section of your home improvement
center to get a better idea of these styles.
Quick 'n Easy
Multi-purpose rooms need to switch moods easily. Today's
high-tech dimmers let you fine-tune your lights - even dim or
raise them with a remote.
Mix It Up
Today's larger kitchen has room for variety. Mix-and-match
styles and wood types for an eclectic feel that adds a unique
look, from baseboard to hanging cabinets.
Today's shower design offers unprecedented opportunities for
adding deluxe features - massaging vertical spas, rain shower
showerheads and luxurious materials such as glass, tile and
Specialized storage systems, appliances and fixtures speed meal
preparation and keep entertaining organized. Choose open
shelving for quick access. Locate a faucet next to the range to
fill big pots quickly and conveniently.
A single, dramatic focal point for a room you're remodeling
makes the improvements more obvious. Try a special piece of
furniture, an interesting piece of art or one wall that's boldly
Lighting is sculpture as well as illumination. Choose light
fixtures in shapes that are pleasing to look at - whether
they're switched on or off.
The bath can be a relaxing, serene environment. Add massaging or
rain showerheads, a deep Zen soaking tub, and even music and
candles to enhance the revitalizing experience.
If your bathroom is being shared by the family, counter space is
critical. Consider a vanity with cabinets for extra storage and
Features usually associated with older homeowners - easier
access, brighter lighting and convenient handholds - are helpful
at any age. Adding them with your remodel could improve your
home's resale value.
Bed and Breakfast
Adding a morning bar to a master bedroom with an elaborate,
built-in countertop and sink is a great way to add luxury and
Finding Your Design
Start a scrapbook of design ideas you find in magazines on
online. This will help you establish a foundation for your
Sketch Your Layout
This will help you understand how you would like your new room
to look and help you change the little things that you don't
care for in your current design.
Set a Budget
By outlining how much you can spend on each phase of the project
you will be able to see if you can splurge on the extras; like a
contractor, or if you need to cut and do it yourself.
Set a Timeline
This will help you keep on track and allow you to achieve your