Kitchen remodeling tips

New modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances

This few nifty steps can help you get more value for your home:

1. Open Up and Update

Opt for open shelves instead of upper cabinets to provide display space and make a small kitchen feel larger. Install shelves at standard upper-cabinet height — the lower shelf is 18 inches above the counter. Build your own with our kitchen wall shelf project.

2. Upgrade Your Appliances

The most popular kitchen update is installing new energy-efficient appliances, such as a dual-fuel range with convection double ovens, a high-tech range hood, an ENERGY STAR-certified refrigerator, and a water-saving paneled dishwasher.

3. Update Hardware

Add more personality with new cabinet hardware. Create a cohesive look with a mix of knobs and pulls in the same style family.

4.Don’t Ignore Ceilings

Add texture and a pop of color. Ceiling tiles made to mimic the look of antique tin tiles click together like laminate floor surfaces and can be painted to fit any color scheme.

5. Make a Splash

Classic white subway tile with a beveled edge is an inexpensive, yet high-impact, backsplash material. Use a herringbone pattern to add interest and movement to walls.

6. Counter Fit

Get the look and texture of stone with all the benefits of laminate. This travertine silver laminate with a bullnose edge looks like the real deal for a fraction of the price.

7. Paint It

Freshen up walls, cabinets, and ceilings with a coat of Valspar Signature paint. It’s one of the quickest, most budget-friendly updates. Colors shown are Play Bill (#ar1022) for the cabinets and Crystal Sea (#5004-7B) for the ceiling.

8. So Quiet

Install soft-close hinges and glides — and say goodbye to slamming doors and drawers.

9. Lighten It Up

Brighten your room with an allen + roth (TM) ceiling light, mini pendants, and undercabinet lighting. Add control with dimmers.

10. Customize It

Laminate shelves mimic the look of the countertops. (Ask your countertop installer to make the shelves.) Add stylish metal brackets for support and to repeat the metallic tones found in the appliances, hardware, and faucet.

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