You’re looking around your kitchen and you’re thinking maybe it’s time to get rid of the honey oak cabinets and the ivy-print wallpaper border that have been there since 1997 and make some changes. You LOVE the look of a modern white kitchen that is both functional and beautiful, and you’re ready to make it happen!
But remodeling a kitchen is no small task! The average cost of a kitchen remodel is around $20,000, but that price can go up fast if you want to rearrange a floorplan, add new fixtures and features, and include high-end finishings. The good news is a kitchen remodel is one of the best things you can do for your home’s resale value so when you plan to sell, your kitchen will be a big mark in your favor.
But you won’t want to ever sell after you create your dream kitchen! So, before you get totally overwhelmed trying to Google what to do or where to start, I’m going to walk you through the steps on how to get your modern white kitchen along with some ways you can splurge and ways you can save!
Nail Down Your Budget
Before you do ANYTHING, you need to know exactly how much you can spend. Kitchen remodels vary so much and the price ranges for everything from flooring to cabinets are vast. Knowing your budget upfront can help you make smart decisions during the process so you don’t get halfway through your remodel and run out of money.
Get to Know Your Floor Plan
Now that you have a budget in mind, you need to get to know your current floorplan. This way you know any limitations you may have up front or where you may need to factor where a cut into your budget will be. For example, if you are dreaming of a gas stove and you have an all-electric kitchen, that’s going to be something to factor in to your budget.
Otherwise, get precise measurements of your square footage, and sketch your current layout with precise measurements of your windows, doors, water pipes, gas lines, and current cabinetry and appliances. Look at what works for you and what you want to change. For example, if you have an L-shaped kitchen and want to add space or a breakfast bar with a G-shaped layout, make notes of that.
Even if you’re not doing a huge layout change and just want to change out what you have for new fixtures and furnishings, the precise measurements and locations are still handy when you go to make your purchases. You don’t want to buy your dream refrigerator only to discover it’s six inches too wide to fit in your space!
Create Your Vision
Start getting specific with what you want in your new white kitchen - for example, maybe you want to go ultra-modern and sophisticated with black stainless appliances, white quartz counters, and pale gray porcelain tile floors. Or maybe you love a bit more rustic look with open shelves and butcher block countertops. Before you get totally overwhelmed in a showroom, create your vision either physically (cut out pictures and use a scrapbook or vision board) or digitally using Pinterest.
Get Professional Help
Even if you want to do as much yourself as possible, I would still highly recommend meeting with a designer for one or two consultations to guide you through your project. Kitchens have so many details, and an experienced designer will give you guidance on what works best for your needs, your budget, and your style! Plus, your designer can direct you to the right professionals and suppliers for your remodel (even if you’re DIY-ers, unless you plan on carving out your own granite countertops or building your own cabinets, you’re going to need some professional help).
Bring Your Dream to Life
Okay, now it’s time to start making your selections for bringing your dream to life:
Appliances - Range, oven, hood, dishwasher, refrigerator, and microwave are all standard. Stainless or black stainless appliances are lovely and sophisticated and work beautifully in your white kitchen. If you want to go vintage or rustic, check out Big Chill or Elmira Stove Works for a splurge!
Flooring - For a cool sophisticated look, a natural stone flooring, like granite or travertine is gorgeous, or try engineered hardwood for warmth and beauty plus durability. For a budget-friendly option, consider luxury vinyl plank - it’s easy to care for, water-resistant, and mimics the look of real wood.
Cabinetry - Shaker cabinets are the most popular style, but if you love a country look, try beadboard cabinets, and if ultra-modern is your preference, a flat cabinet fits perfectly, while glass-front is attractive and feels open. Also, you may find a combination of open shelving and cabinets suits your style and your budget!
Countertops - I go into more detail in this blog [HYPERLINK TO BLOG ABOUT COUNTER], but my favorite countertop is a quartz from Cesarstone®. Incredibly durable and beautiful, it’s available in many colors, including white, of course (note about stone: It should be mitered on the sides, and you should never see seams. If you use a contractor, get this in writing so it’s done correctly the first time.)! Want to add some warmth? Try a butcher block countertop for an island or bar!
Backsplash - While white subway tiles are a classic, create a statement look with mirrored tiles, glass mosaic, or patterned tiles.
Kitchen Sink - A farmhouse sink with its deep basin and apron front is lovely, and it can be made modern in a material like concrete or stainless steel or you can go traditional with white fireclay.
Bring Life to Your Dream with Accessories
Lighting, cabinet knobs and drawer pulls, and other accessories are what bring your kitchen to life and puts your distinctive mark on your space. You know how I always say, “Design is in the details!” - SO true in the kitchen!
Make sure your lighting is both functional and decorative! Chandeliers or pendants are lovely over a breakfast bar or in your breakfast nook while lights under upper cabinet add extra lighting to your prep spaces.
Note: Unless you absolutely LOVE Edison bulbs and toe lights, skip these overdone looks! They don’t add much by way of function and they’re rapidly moving out of style.
Knobs and pulls are where you can continue your cool, sophisticated look with brushed nickel pulls, dress it up with brass or bronze, or go a little crazy with hand-painted options!
I’ve designed countless kitchens in my years as a designer, and each kitchen remodel comes with challenges, but with these tips, you can make your process as smooth as you can! If you dream of a new kitchen, but need help applying these tips to your own life, reach out to me Interior Design By Tiffany! I’d love to help you turn your dream kitchen into a reality!
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