Remodelling anywhere in your house is exciting but the kitchen is a particularly enjoyable room to strip out and upgrade. We spend hours each week in our kitchens and even more time if you have a kitchen-diner, so it can quickly become tiresome when you’re stuck in an environment which you don’t like.
Though kitchen spaces can be harder to fit and redecorate than other rooms, the pay off is significantly larger. Not only can you reorganise the room’s layout but you can use that to create more space, ensure better lighting and decide on a new colour scheme to suit your tastes.
If you’re planning on remodelling your kitchen soon, we are here to help. Whether you’re just redecorating and moving things around or stripping everything out and starting from scratch, we have put together three great additions which your kitchen could benefit from. With any luck, this quick list will inspire you to build the kitchen you’ve always wanted.
To start with, now that you’re removing old cupboards and reorganising your kitchen space, you might find yourself with a little extra room for a wine rack. Even for those who don’t drink as regularly, wine racks offer a brilliant aesthetic which can be adapted to make your kitchen look and feel nicer. Coming in both metal and wood, wine storage solutions can fit into rustic, traditional and modern styles alike; plus, they don’t even need to hold wine – for a Mediterranean finish, you can use them to store oils or vinegar instead.
Additionally, wine racks are a great option to consider because they can usually be made to fit into whatever space you have available. There are wall-mounted varieties if that’s where your available room is, or modular choices which can be built up and painted to suit your décor and fill whatever space you want. They’re versatile, stylish and practical so you can’t go wrong.
A Kitchen Island
Kitchen islands continue to dominate kitchen design trends and for good reason. Having an additional work service can be incredibly useful whilst cooking and immediately adds a contemporary finish to any kitchen environment. Some opt for moveable, wheeled islands whilst others opt for static ones, usually in a material and design which matches the other work surfaces in your space. Whatever your preference, there’s no doubt that kitchen islands can bring something new to the area you’re refurbishing.
Additionally, it’s worth considering whether you want to use your island as storage space too. Many islands can be purchased with space for cupboards and appliances, adding much-needed storage room to keep everything you need right at your fingertips. It’s a win-win.
Finally, we have ventilation. Whilst this isn’t the flashiest or most aesthetically pleasing remodelling addition on this list, it remains one of the most important due to how much time and money it can save you down the line. Kitchens commonly face condensation issues, particularly during the winter months when the air is hot and the walls are cold, leading to water droplets sticking to most surfaces. At the time, this is a minor inconvenience but if these droplets aren’t given the chance to dry before further condensation occurs, you can be left with long-lasting dampness.
Eventually, dampness can become an expensive issue as it leads to mould growth or in the case of timber structures, structural instability and damage. With that in mind, if you know your kitchen is prone to a condensation crisis, add some ventilation when you’re remodelling.
Vents, extractor fans and freeing up window space can all help reduce condensation build-up and save you any damp-related hassle in the future. You may as well look into doing this now whilst the kitchen is empty, rather than realise you need work done months down the line and disrupt your home again.
Hopefully, this quick guide has got you thinking about how you can upgrade your kitchen whilst you’re remodelling. Don’t be afraid to experiment and innovate, as long as you like your kitchen, that’s all that matters!