Do you spend a lot of time in your kitchen and feel like its time to breathe some new life into it?
Then check out the hottest remodeling ideas for kitchens that interior designers are loving this year.
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Keep in mind that the best kitchens blend functionality and efficiency with attractive design that speaks to your personal style.
Whether you are looking to do a complete renovation, or a quick, budget-friendly makeover, consider these 7 projects to create your dream space.
One design element that can give your kitchen a personal and distinct look is the backsplash. Lately, this area has been transformed from a place that collects all the spills and stains from your cooking endeavors into one of the most attractive focal points of the room.
Popular materials for backsplashes include statuary marble, mosaic glass tile, natural stone and ceramic or porcelain tiles.
Among all tile options, the preference for glass splashes has skyrocketed over the last few years, while the use of ceramic tile and natural stone is slowly declining. Another new trend in high-end kitchen remodels is installing solid sheet glass, steel, or stone slab backsplash.
If you are looking for a more dramatic or artistic look, consider extending your backsplash all the way to the ceiling.
Here is how much homeowners report spending on installing different types of backsplashes:
|Tile Type||25 sq.ft.||40 sq.ft.||Cost per sq.ft.|
|Ceramic / Porcelain||$450 – 625||$720 – 1,000||$18 – 25|
|Stone (Marble, Granite, Travertine)||$500 – 875||$800 – 1400||$20 – 35|
|Solid Slab (stone or quartz) 4 inches high||$1,125 – 1,750||$1,800 – 2,800||$45 – 70|
|Brick||$400 – 700||$640 – 1,120||$16 – 28|
|Glass||$625 – 825||$1,000 – 1,320||$25 – 33|
|Solid Sheet Glass 4 inches high||$1,000 – 1,500||$1,600 – 2,400||$40 – 60|
|Stainless Steel||$750 – 875||$1,200 – 1,400||$30 – 35|
Keep in mind that installing a backsplash is a more time consuming and labor intensive process that simply laying out wall tile. As a result labor costs are much higher. Also, any patterns, corners, complex kitchen lay-out etc. will significantly increase your total cost.
Average costs for top backsplash materials
Glass Mosaic Tile (12×12): $4.95 per sq.ft – $22.95 per sq.ft depending on the quality of glass and design.
Ceramic Tile (12×12): $0.68 -14.99 per sq ft. Also, available are mosaic ceramic tile, priced at $4.37-26.40.
Natural Stone Tile (12×12): include marble, slate, granite and onyx and cost $5.50 -$17.99 per sq.ft, depending on material, with onyx being the most expensive.
Porcelain Tile (12×12): $0.99 – 11.99 per sq.ft. Also, available are mosaic porcelain tile, priced at $7.98 – $11.98 per sq.ft.
The lighting you choose will play a key role in creating the overall ambiance of your kitchen. Being a multi-functional space, your kitchen should be properly equipped with different types of lights that are suited for different purposes, such as: task and cabinet lighting, as well as smart systems that can be programmed for cooking, entertaining, or doing homework.
You can also use accent lights, such as chandeliers, or pendants to dress up your kitchen and to draw the eye to interesting surfaces. LED lighting is an ideal option for kitchens, not only because of its exceptional energy efficiency and longevity, but also because it is available in a wide range of colors. In fact, it can even be specified as color-changing fixtures.
Island Lights: depending on the number of lights and the design, budget island lighting fixtures cost $50-100, while more premium options are $200-300
Chandeliers: average prices start as low as $37 and go up to about $300 – 500 depending on the number of lights, brand and design. Brand name chandeliers can be well over $1,500.
Pendant Lights: can cost as little as $17, but typical prices are $50-160
Under Cabinet LED Lighting: costs $20-50
Recessed LED Lighting: costs $20-100
Stylish And Functional Countertops
Nothing makes a kitchen look more dated that laminate or tile countertops. You will love the new look and feel of your kitchen, once you replace them with sleek, solid surface countertops. There is a wide range of material and color choices to fit any budget.
Granite countertops still remain very popular, because there are many economical options, but quartz is quickly taking over as the new favorite. Quartz countertops are a little more expensive than granite, but offer a warmer, lighter look. Also, they don’t need to be sealed like granite, and are easy to clean up with just soap and water. Quartz is an ideal countertop if you do a lot of cooking, because it does not absorb spills and does not stain.
To add a personal design touch, you can mix materials and colors between the island and the rest of your kitchen countertops. Some unique materials include concrete, butcher block, stainless steel and soapstone.
Average countertop prices range from $45-120 per square foot installed, depending on the material you use. Marble, quartz, and stainless steel are among the most expensive options. Many butcher block, granite and composite materials are more reasonably prices.
New cabinets top the list in kitchen remodeling projects. Most popular now are clean, simple, contemporary kitchen cabinets that still leave plenty of room for a personal touch. Today, cabinets are distinguished by the following characteristics: hidden hinges, soft close doors and drawers, full-overlay doors and drawer fronts, and frameless cabinet construction.
If you prefer wood, there is a steadily growing trend for darker finishes, such as cherry, while the popularity of light finishes, such as maple is continuing to decline. Distressed and hand-scraped wood is also an up and coming look.
If you like painted kitchen cabinets, white has consistently been the top choice for the past three years. This year, light grey hues are also surging in popularity, as this color is neutral, yet fits beautifully with a wide range of other design and color elements.
Two-toned cabinets are also a great option to consider if you are looking to add more visual interest to your kitchen. Typically the lower cabinet and oversized island are a different and darker color than the upper level cabinets, which may also have glass or open shelving.
For an ultra-modern look, consider innovative surfaces, such as: aluminum, bamboo, high-gloss lacquer, or semi-translucent glass. Premium exotic words, such as tiger wood, ebony, African mahogany, and many others are also gaining in popularity, especially in kitchens designed with an Asian flare.
For a budget kitchen renovation, you can reface or refinish your original cabinets rather than replace them, which will be a lot more cost-effective.
Touch activated faucet
One of the must haves in a modern kitchen is a touch – activated faucet. In terms of faucet finishes, satin nickel is steadily growing in popularity, but both bronze and oil-rubbed bronze are two new finishes that are also in high demand. On the other hand, polished nickel and polished chrome are quickly fading out of style.
Touch – activated faucets range in price between $300-400+ from brands like Delta, Grohe and Pilar. Many high-end faucets cost as much as $750-1,000
Replacing old, dated flooring in kitchens is a big trend, with hardwood floors being the top material of choice. Lighter wood colors, wider planks and a hand scraped look and feel are in.
To save time and money on installation, consider engineered wood flooring, which is made from a plywood base with a real hardwood veneer. Another great option is porcelain tile manufactured to look like wood. It requires less maintenance than wood and offers much better tolerance to water.
Stone tile, such as granite, marble and travertine are still often installed in high-end kitchens. Brick is often used in Tuscan or Mediterranean style kitchens.
Bamboo flooring can cost as little as $1-2 per square foot for fairly low quality, and $4-7 per square foot for premium quality, sustainably harvested bamboo.
Classic hardwood can cost $4.5-9 per sq.ft for different domestic species, such as oak, maple, cherry, ash, etc, and $7-12 per sq.ft for exotic species, such as tigerwood, rosewood, mahogany, etc. Sustainably harvested FSC certified wood species cost roughly $2-3 more per sq.ft than their unsustainable counterparts.
Engineered hardwood is $1.49 – 7.78 per sq.ft, depending on the wood species.
Installing a stylish sink can be an easy update that can transform the tired look of your kitchen. A quickly growing trend is to install a deep bowl sink, which offers the additional benefit of accommodating large pots and pans. While some people opt for a double bowl sink, the one bowl option remains a favorite.
Usually, the material of choice is stainless steel, as it is durable, long lasting, and works well with both contemporary and traditional kitchen design.
A white acrylic deep kitchen sink (33 x 19″) can cost as low as $119. However, most of these sinks in stainless steel start at $350 and go up to $900.
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