For most families, kitchens serve as the room where everyone gathers sooner or later — whether for breakfast, dinner, homework, or conversation. Keep yours looking sharp, unique, and ready for any task with these inspiring kitchen remodeling ideas and trends.
Open Floor Plan, Bigger Kitchen
Just living in the same house with your family doesn’t guarantee you see each other often, especially with varying work, school, and e-learning schedules. Building or remodeling a kitchen with an open floor plan solves that problem by keeping your cooking and eating spaces connected to the living room and other nearby spaces, so the whole family can do their own thing.
Turn Up the Lighting
Lights may not be your first thought when planning a kitchen remodel, but well-designed lighting keeps your kitchen looking brighter and more stylish. Adding pendant lights above the kitchen island or sink tends to add more points of interest, and it’s a nice alternative to recessed lighting.
Wood Never Goes Out of Style
Wood offers a variety of decorative options, whether you’re going for a traditional or contemporary look. While once kept primarily to flooring and cabinetry, wood added to kitchen islands, customized range hoods, and shelves add warmth to the most-used room in the house. Even if you prefer a specific color, wooden shelves or drawers add a bit of warmth and variety.
Add a Little Color
White, cream, and light grey are popular colors for lightening the overall look of your kitchen, but many homeowners choose to add a little color for a nice, personal touch. Start slowly by displaying colorful dishes on open shelving or add chairs and other accents until you find the look you like, then you can make definitive changes by painting cabinets, an accent wall, or even the ceiling.
Open the Pantry
Pantries don’t need to become a black hole where half-empty boxes of oatmeal or pancake mix disappear forever. Updating the pantry’s shelves and adding better lighting makes it much easier to organize food, ingredients, and other pantry staples. Showcase your organizational skills by adding a screen or glass to the pantry door, or remove the door and keep the shelves.
Don’t Forget the Dining Room
Kitchen tables and islands serve an everyday purpose, but adding or remodeling a dining room ensures you have space to celebrate holidays, special occasions, and family meals when everyone is home at the same time. This can be part of your open kitchen design, or in a separate, nearby space. If using a separate space, be sure the lights, color, and other details create a spot where people feel welcome.
Install Smart Devices
Also a kitchen staple in today’s world, tablets offer a quick and easy tool to look up and follow your favorite recipes. Chefs — novice or otherwise — toss aside the traditional cookbooks for recipe PDFs, Pinterest pages, and YouTube videos showcasing the proper way to spatchcock a chicken.
Installing docs or ports for tablets and other smart devices ensures Siri, Alexa, or your virtual assistant of choice always stands at the ready. Other wireless tech options include smart fridges that send reminders to ensure you’re never out of milk and other necessities.
Contact CCG today and let our 10 years of experience help you bring your kitchen remodeling ideas to life. We excel at helping you pick the right materials and managing your project from start to finish.