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When you first move into a new place, or even if you have been in a place for a while, bringing your own style to your kitchen can sometimes be a scary and challenging task to take on. We see so many ideas on Pinterest and HGTV about what is in and what is out, what will improve your home value and what are a few easy ways to redesign your kitchen, but what if you do not know where to start? Well, I want to help you with that! Today, I am going to share with you how you can bring your own style into your kitchen – from start to finish in just a few easy steps! I am also adding in a few of my favorite ways to easily refresh your kitchen!
Create a board on Pinterest
Before you do anything, create a kitchen board on Pinterest. This is so easy (and fun) to do! When you are pinning specific pictures, you need to make sure you are focusing on the important things and not just posting random pictures that will bring no use to your kitchen re-do. Instead of pinning random pictures, consider your style. These questions should help you get a good start to your pinning-spree:
- What colors do you lean towards? Neutral, bold colors, or a mix?
- Does your kitchen have enough room for the renovation pictures you are pinning?
- Can you afford what you are pinning?
- Do you really need a hidden refrigerator behind two doors?
- Is this actually your style, or do you just like it because society is telling you that it is “in?”
Answering these questions for each picture will really help you narrow down what you actually want and need vs. just pinning it because you get carried away. As long as you are thinking through each picture you pin, you are good to go!
Figure out what you can do space and budget-wise
This is by far the most important step in this process, other than completing your transformation! Space and budget are insanely important because if you choose a design that is too large for your space, it’s not going to work, or you are going to be really cramped. Take time to measure before you start any project to ensure the design is right for you.
Budget is also very important because if you cannot afford it, your space will be unfinished for a long while. Price out your project before starting it to make sure that you are capable of finishing it. Make sure you leave some room in your budget for errors! You can never be too prepared.
Research how to DIY and/or find contractors in your area
If you are going to do your project yourself, research, research, research! You seriously cannot research enough. There are many great tips on Google, Pinterest and even from hardware stores like Home Depot, or Lowes. For example, if you are wanting to replace the hardwood floors in your house, do a quick search on Google saying: “How to replace hardwood floors myself.” This will bring up hundreds of articles explaining how to do it!
On a different note, there are some things that you cannot, or should not do yourself. If you are worried about it in even the slightest bit, leave it to the professionals!
If you follow those three simple steps, you will have a new kitchen in no time! Just make sure you know your style and what you like and always stick with your gut feeling!! Now that you have the steps in order to create your kitchen, here are my favorite easy ways to refresh a kitchen that you have just moved into, or have lived in for a while:
Replace your countertops
Replacing your countertops is easier than ever, especially when purchasing them from Hanwha Surfaces. The great thing about countertops is that it is an easy, but dramatic and luxurious upgrade to your kitchen. Hanwha Surfaces offers over sixty patterns on quartz countertops to ensure that your style needs gets met. If you do not know what color or style of countertop you are wanting, no worries! Hanwha Surfaces offers their entire collection of products online via their website. You can even order a sample!
Did you know that natural quartz is non-porous, anti-bacterial, durable, stain-resistant, scratch-resistant and heat-resistant? These are just some of the many reasons why quartz is definitely my choice of stone to use on my kitchen countertops. Hanwha Surfaces is based in Atlanta, GA and sells HanStone Quartz and Hanex Solid Surfaces for all of your countertop needs. They started sales in 2003 in North America and opened their first North American manufacturing plant in 2009 in London, Ontario. In the past four years, they have opened four new warehouses, including one in Massachusetts.
Paint your cabinets
Painting your cabinets is also an easy way to upgrade your kitchen, and it is very cheap to do so. Brightening up your space by painting your cabinets is a very affordable way to get more of your style into your kitchen.
Switch out your lighting
This is self-explanatory, but lighting always makes a room. If it is too dark, the room feels closed in and stuffy, so lighting is essential! Along with not wanting a room to feel closed in, your lighting also makes a huge play in bringing your style into the kitchen. A lot of people who like a rustic style will do natural woods and even mason jars, while some people love chandeliers or modern lighting. Whatever your style is, this is an easy way to implement it into your new kitchen design, and it is affordable to do so!
Replace your curtains
In my opinion, curtains can close off a room. If you have curtains, think about taking them off and adding plantation shutters, blinds, or just leaving your window open. This is another way to get more light into your kitchen! If you just have to have curtains, at least do a little upgrade and get some new ones that match the new feel of your kitchen.
Add small enhancements
Small details are my favorite way to add style to a kitchen. From flowers, table cloths to kitchen towels, and windowsill decor, this is by far the easiest way to add your favorite style into your kitchen.
Transforming your space might seem like a scary task, but once you have your style in your kitchen, I am sure you will love it! I hope this article helps you find the courage to tackle on your own kitchen!