Oct 05 2010

Avoid These Mistakes When Updating Your Kitchen Decor

Published by at 11:48 am under Kitchens

Updating the design of your kitchen can give it an appealing, fresh new look which is important, especially if you are considering selling your home.  If not well thought out a redesign can also create problems and cost you a bundle.  This article offers tips for renovating your kitchen the right way, without overspending or creating obstacles for yourself.

Realize that if you have a small budget, you shouldn’t visualize your kitchen with new appliances, cabinets and counter tops.  Making all of these changes can cost a fortune, so if you don’t have the budget, keep your ideas simple.  Small, affordable changes can make a huge difference in the appearance and appeal of your kitchen!

Don’t be impulsive

If you haven’t yet decided on the theme you want, don’t buy the first thing that jumps out at you.  Take a notebook along, and make notes about various accessories, kitchen ware and other gadgets you like.  If you are planning on purchasing a new faucet, new appliances or other items that are on the expensive side, comparison shop for the best price before you buy.

Choose a style that “fits” with the rest of your home

Another thing you want to avoid when renovating or refreshing your kitchen is choosing a decor that is completely at odds with the rest of your home.  While it is okay to blend styles, such as western and country, having a cottage chic kitchen and ultra-modern living room looks a little strange.

If your living room and kitchen are open to each other, it’s best to use similar colors and styles so that the rooms blend seamlessly.

Remember – all those little extras add up

For those on a tight budget, it can be easy to overspend before they realize it.  All those kitchen gadgets and decorative accessories can really add up, especially when purchased separately.  Buy one or two at a time and the cost seems reasonable, but when you add up the total you may be shocked at what you have spent!

Even if you can afford new cabinets or other high-dollar items, prepare before updating your kitchen.  Decide on the color scheme you will use, and make notes as you shop around first.  Consider your storage needs, so that there are no surprises when you have those new cabinets installed.  Also, if you have decided on a new tile floor or beautiful new counter tops, don’t forget to account for the installation fees!

Put these tips and ideas to work for you, and update your kitchen with less stress and more money left in your bank account.  Creating a plan of attack will not only ensure that you don’t spend more than you intend to, it will also result in a more beautiful and carefully coordinated look when completed.  The kitchen is one of the most used rooms of your home, so use care in making it a room that is not only beautiful, but warm and welcoming as well.

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