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10 Design Tips to Make Your Kitchen Open and Welcoming

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When you think of an ideal kitchen, you may picture grandma cooling her apple pie by the window. Or, maybe you imagine a kitchen filled with the latest technology. Whatever your ideal kitchen should be, here are some tips to give your kitchen more room and make it even more welcoming.

1. It is All About the Color!

Cool blue colors can make the visitor more relaxed and at home, while red could let out someone’s passionate cooking side. White, meanwhile, can make a small kitchen seem a lot bigger. It all depends on what you prefer, but you will be surprised at what a paint job can do.

2. Look into New Lighting

If you can turn fluorescent lighting into LED, do so. This will allow your kitchen to seem a lot more inviting, and give off more room. Fluorescent lighting is generally of poor quality and the subtle flicker can bother some people’s eyes over periods of time. Also, consider lighting for in the cabinets and under the counters. It is not only convenient, but gives off a welcoming vibe.

3. Think Above You

Need more room to store your pots and pans? Try a vertical hanger. You can hang your cookware from the ceiling, and not only does it save room, but it can give off the impression of a well seasoned chef!

4. Try Shelf Liners

Shelf liners are not only cheap, but can give your shelves a much more inviting feel. No one will see a dusty shelf as they take out something, but instead a liner that is non-slip and easy to install. Try one and see what it can do for you.

5. Try Wire Shelves

Wire shelves are also affordable, and can store plates and other objects without taking too much space. Try one and see the difference.

6. Look Into Replacing Your Countertops

Have more of a budget? Why not replace your countertops? For example, you can add a wood finish to give your kitchen a rustic look, or steel to give it a futuristic feel. Head to your nearest Rhode Island or Massachusetts home improvement store or countertop specialist and see what you can do.

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7. Wall Shelving Works Too

Install or purchase shelves that stick to your walls. Not only can you save space and allow more room in your kitchen, but it lets your guests see all you have to offer.

8. Upgrade Your Appliances

Maybe you do not have enough money for a new refrigerator or a sparkling new dishwasher. However, you will be surprised at how much a brand new toaster or a sleek coffee maker can do for your kitchen. Are there any appliances that need upgrading? Why not see what you can do with them?

9. Remove Shelf Doors

If you are allowed to do so, try taking out the doors of your shelves. Not only does it give the illusion of more space, but it can be aesthetically pleasing as well. If you still want a door protecting your supplies, try glass doors for the same effect.

10. Get Inspired!

Need a little help figuring out what you want? Do not feel ashamed to look online for some ideas. There are thousands of kitchens you can look at thanks to the Internet, and you can probably get a few ideas looking at some.

Call a Professional!

Sometimes, the renovation requires more than just yourself. If you are planning to expand your kitchen, or just need some advice on how to make your kitchen pop, calling a professional can help you do just that.

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10 Kitchen Remodeling Tips to Save You Money

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There are so many options for kitchen remodels here in Rhode Island. With so many choices, a lot can go wrong, costing you quite a bit of money. Here are some essential tips to save you time and money on your kitchen renovation:

1. Don’t Overspend (or Underspend!)

Before you plan your kitchen remodel, consider the market in your area. Does a high-end renovation make the most sense or would a lower end job fit better with the rest of your home? Costs can run from $2,000 for a simple paint-and-hardware upgrade to $50,000 or more if you are installing premium countertops and luxury appliances. Knowing your neighborhood will help guide your decision. You may not get your investment back installing quartz in a starter home. On the other hand, nobody expects to see Formica in a high-end home in Providence’s east side either, and it could become a barrier when you go to sell in the future.

2. Keep Your Plumbing Where It Is

Moving water and gas lines to accommodate the reconfiguration of sinks, ovens, stoves, dishwashers, or baseboard heat is costly, much more so in older homes. If at all possible, keep pipe-connected elements where they are will save you quite a bit of money.

3. Your Existing Cabinets May Still Work

If your current cabinets are made from quality wood and still in good working order, hang onto them! It’s pretty easy to give working cabinets a face lift. Some common ways to repurpose old cabinets and save thousands on new ones include: adding new doors and drawer fronts, and re-laminating or repainting fronts and sides (have a pro do this! Trust me.). When it comes to painting, a professional spray job can make ugly cabinets look factory new.

4. Need  Free Advice? There’s Plenty of it

Besides consulting with an honest professional contractor here in RI, big box home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes offer free, computer-based design services for help laying out your kitchen. They are well-aware of today’s decorating trends, and besides public how-tos and seminars, they also offer one-on-one assistance in-store, usually with no obligation.

5. Don’t Forget Appliances, Sinks, and Fixtures

When buying new fridges, ranges, and dishwashers, there are usually financial promotions when sticking to the same brand that can save you $500 to as much as $2000 on the set. Be sure to consider Energy-Star appliances which may cost a bit more upfront but will save you hundreds over their lifetimes. With a little research and smart shopping, you can find affordable appliances that look high-end – and when they all match, you get a designer look for much less. When it comes to kitchen faucets, get the best possible faucet you can afford, one with a pull out spray attachment or a gooseneck with detachable head. It’s so handy you’ll never want to be without it again. Stick to one consistent fixture finish (white, stainless, nickel, etc.) since mixed finishes can look like sketchy.