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Kitchen Upgrades

Renovations can be both time consuming and expensive and not everyone has the time or budget. Luckily, you do not need to break the bank to upgrade a room. Kitchens in particular can start to feel dated after some time. Maybe you want a more modern look or maybe you want greater functionality like more storage space or better lighting. Well, the good news is, you may not need to renovate your entire kitchen but, instead, a few small tweaks and changes can have a big impact and make your kitchen look and feel brand new. The most obvious thing you can do is to repaint your kitchen in a new color but let’s look at other small changes you can make that will make you feel like your kitchen has been renovated.

One simple thing you can do is to upgrade your kitchen faucet. This fixture is often overlooked as it doesn't seem to have much of an impact on the overall look of your kitchen. But don't underestimate what a big difference little things such as these can make.

Kitchen faucets in the past were designed to be practical and not necessarily attractive. But nowadays, faucets come in a vast array of styles and designs that allow homeowners flexibility to customize their sink area and something that fits their liking.

First you must consider functionality. Do you want a faucet with hot and cold knobs? Or maybe one with a detachable spray hose? Once you've decided what kind of features you want, you can look at the various designs and materials. For instance, you can swap out an old, rusting faucet for a sleek new one in steel or chrome. This can do wonders for your kitchen sink.

Another change you can make is to upgrade your cabinets. Nothing dates a kitchen like old cabinets with faded finishes and rusted handles. Sometimes a little polish and switching out old handles and knobs for new, stylish ones can do the trick. But solid wood cabinets are popular and common so why not think outside the box? Installing glass or see-through cabinet doors can add some personality to your kitchen. Not only that, it creates an opportunity to display your beautiful wares and dishes by allowing a "window" into your cabinets. This is a great way to show off china or antiques.

Glass cabinet doors can also make your kitchen appear bigger as it allows you to see beyond the exterior. You can even opt for a mixture of wood and glass. There are many styles and designs whether you are looking to create an antique look or a more modern one.

Lighting is another area where you can implement small changes with little disruption to the rest of your kitchen but still have a big impact. Many kitchens has a simple single light bulb in the center but sometimes you need light in specific areas to highlight certain aspects of your kitchen. For example, you may want to consider installing under-cabinet lighting to illuminate those dark spaces under your cabinets.

If you have an island in your kitchen, a hanging light or chandelier over the island will not only look exquisite, but will ensure that your island is properly lit for dinners or other functions. A

chandelier might be all you need to spruce up your kitchen and add a little flair without having to tear your kitchen apart for costly renovations.

If you don't need a lot of storage space in your kitchen, you can utilize that space for appliances. Many kitchens have under-counter spaces that are utilized for storage. Maybe it's where you store your Tupperware or other knick-knacks.

This space could be converted for convenient appliances. Most people use under counter space for dishwashers but you can use it for wine coolers or as a pull out refrigerator or freezer drawer. This is perfect for large families who don't have enough space in their main refrigerators. You can even install panels on your appliance doors to blend in seamlessly with your other cabinets so that it looks like just another cabinet.

Under-counter space can also be used for ovens or food warmers or any other appliance you might want. It is a great way to re-purpose under counter storage space you don't need while giving your kitchen a new look.

So we've talked about under-counter space but what about actual counter space? Many people make the mistake of cluttering their counters with counter-top appliances they rarely ever use. This not only uses precious space but can look unsightly and make your entire kitchen feel cluttered. Stow away appliances you do not use regularly and and maximize your counter-top space for the ones you do use on a regular basis instead.

For instance, if you tend to purchase a cup of coffee every morning, why not have a coffee station?

You can dedicate a section of your valuable counter space for an espresso machine which will in time save you money. And you will always have fresh coffee on hand for your guests!

If you have a small kitchen, space is crucial. Maybe you don't have as much cabinet or counter space as you would like which is common in small apartments or condos. Well, make the best of the space that you do have. Look for smaller appliances as trying to fit a big stove or fridge will make your kitchen feel cramped and stuffy. If you don't have storage space for pots and pans, you can hang them along the walls which will save on space and give your kitchen a "homely" feel. Don't do this if your pots and pans are blackened and unsightly.

You can install shelves along your walls to serve as storage spaces or install additional shelves in existing cabinets.

On the flip side, if you have a large kitchen, utilize any wasted space to avoid your kitchen feeling empty. Depending on the amount of room you have, you can add a dining table and chairs.

Your kitchen doesn't have to undergo extensive renovations to be upgraded and these simple tips can help you to not only improve the look of your kitchen but also its functionality. So

schedule a consultation with TriniHelper and let us help you make those small changes that will have your kitchen looking brand new.

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