NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: KITCHEN REMODELING?

As the new year rolls in, people are looking to the future, making resolutions, and feeling eager for a fresh beginning. If you’ve been wanting to remodel your kitchen but haven’t taken that step forward, now is the time to make it one of your resolutions for the coming year. Remodeling your kitchen can add significant value to your home, and if you’re planning on selling your home, it can help it sell faster. When you’re remodeling your kitchen, you want to think about functionality and style. Here are the top trends for kitchens.

Kitchen Layout

The most important thing to consider when remodeling a kitchen is if you need to adjust the layout. Think about how you use the kitchen. What is most important to you? Do you need a lot of counter space? Are you usually cooking alone in the kitchen or do you share the cooking duties? Do you often have large groups in the kitchen? Think about what happens in the space when you open appliance doors as well. Is there room to stand at the sink and open the dishwasher all the way? Does opening the fridge cut off access to other parts of the kitchen? Make sure the layout works for you and how you use your kitchen. The most popular kitchens today are U- or L-shaped, often with a large island that can be used as both an eating space and a preparation space.

Kitchen Flooring

Your kitchen flooring needs to be durable and moisture-resistant. Tile has been popular in the past. It’s easy to clean and won’t easily chip or scratch if kitchen tools and dishes are dropped on it. Tile can be cold and uncomfortable to stand on, however, and grout is not as easy to clean as the tile itself.

Hardwood is the most popular option right now because, in an open-concept floor plan, the same flooring can easily run from kitchen to living room. Solid hardwood is a great option because, if it’s showing wear or has scratches, it can be refinished. It can also be refinished with a different stain for an updated look in the future. Some wood is very hard and will resist wear, while softer woods may need to be refinished sooner.

If hardwood is not in your budget, you can look into engineered hardwood, which is sometimes more affordable or go for laminate flooring. The look and quality of laminate have vastly improved. Laminate is incredibly durable and moisture-resistant. It also has the advantage of being able to be installed over cement and in places like basements where hardwood may not be possible. Very dark and light colors with hues on the cool scale are popular for flooring right now.

Kitchen Cabinetry

The style of your cabinetry will set the tone for your kitchen. The most popular style is traditional wood cabinets either in natural wood tones or painted. Neutral colors dominate current trends with grays, whites, and pale blues being most popular. Clean lines and shaker-style cabinets are popular right now. If you want to go for an ultramodern look, you’ll want to forgo the trim on the cabinets and opt for smooth, flat cabinet doors. You may also want to go with a material other than wood, like sleek shiny plastic or even metal.

Besides the style of cabinetry, think about how you want your cabinets arranged. Luxuries like soft-close hinges and pull-out shelving can make a kitchen so much nicer to cook in.

Kitchen Countertops

If you really want to make a statement in your kitchen, countertops are the place to do it. Besides cabinets, countertops make the biggest statement. They’re the surface you’re working on so style and functionality are going to be key. You first want to think about custom countertops options. If your goal is to take your kitchen to the next level and really add value, then you’ll want to steer clear of laminate.

Natural stone and quartz countertops will add the most value to your home. Granite and quartz are the most popular options on the market, but marble is making a big comeback, and soapstone creates a beautiful look. Quartz countertops are fabricated but are made mostly of natural quartzite. They are extremely durable and require the least maintenance. Color options for quartz have expanded. Granite is also quite durable and nonporous and comes in a huge range of colors and patterns. Once you have picked out your countertops, contact Atlantis Granite & Marble, LLC, quality countertops installers in Marietta, to put the finishing touches on your kitchen remodel. For more information, visit www.atlantisgm.com.