Timeless Kitchen Upgrades

Andrea Griffith
Monday, August 17, 2020

Timeless Kitchen Upgrades

Whether or not you're thinking about selling your home, upgrading a few things in your kitchen will improve flow and create value. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen: cooking, helping kids with their homework, eating meals, and visiting with friends and family. You also want to make smart decisions that aren't going to break the bank. These suggestions will encourage you to keep to your renovation budget and spend wisely


The more natural light, the better. Make sure your lightbulbs are bright and there are no shadows on the countertops. Install recessed lighting for overall brightness and task lighting for specific areas like over the sink or kitchen island. Under cabinet task lights are great, too.


Classic hardware in mixed metals are a good upgrade from flimsy handles. Select complementary hardware styles in a couple finishes to keep things interesting and versitile. Mix matte black and burnished gold to show some style.

Move Your Sink

No one wants to stare at a wall when at the kitchen sink. If you can't put your sink under a window, move it to the kitchen island. If you can't move your sink, hang a mirror on the wall. It will create depth and you'll be able to see the room behind you.

Install Natural Wood Flooring

Natural wood flooring never goes out of style. Stick with warm, golden wood tones that don't look dated.

Open Shelving

Have a few open shelves and fill them with your nicer glassware or dishes. It will give you added space and inexpensively add style to your kitchen.
Update Your Backsplash
Most people forget about the wall behind their stovetop. Make it bold and eye-catching. Choose large-format tile with smaller grout lines so it doesn't look too busy. Be creative with glass or ceramic. Don't forget to keep that grout line as small as possible!

Other Tips

Touch up your paint. Keep it light and bright, but don't be afraid to add a bit of color.
Upgrade your appliances. If it's been a while since you've invested in a new refrigerator, the newer energy saving models will practically pay for themselves.
Add wide crown molding around the ceiling or chair railing in the dining area.
Restain your kitchen cabinets or replace the doors.

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