Opal Tip: Designing a Kitchen

Have you ever heard that kitchens and baths sell homes? It's true! And it is because they are the most difficult to remodel and expensive. When you take on a kitchen remodel, it helps to think of it in layers. Sometimes all of the layers need to be updated, and other times only a few layers require some attention. Whether you are overhauling your entire kitchen, or are on a budget looking to get the most for your money, here are some tips to spruce up all of the layers in your kitchen.


We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, It is okay to paint your kitchen cabinets. If you aren’t planning on installing new cabinets, or even door faces you might want to consider painting them. Overall it can save you money and completely update the look of your kitchen by decades.


Changing out the hardware on your cabinets, or adding hardware to cabinets without can add a designer touch to your kitchen. You can think of the hardware as the jewelry of the cabinetry. If you aren’t ready for all new appliances tackle it in baby steps. A new faucet can give any sink an instant face lift.


Purchasing stone slabs to replace all of your countertops can get pricey if you have a large kitchen. Consider updating just the island surface with new stone, and opting for a more affordable option in the rest of your kitchen, like butcher block.


Lighting in a kitchen is key. Make sure you have great task lighting, after all kitchens are made for cooking. Consider adding pendant lights above a bar or island. Adding lighting under cabinets can really glam up your kitchen, and give you a very custom look. This can be achieved with small LED lights or well-concealed rope lights.


Adding small details to your kitchen is what can really give you a custom designer look. Consider adding box moulding to the ends of cabinets and islands. If you are trying to figure out how to transition from your backsplash to your wall color try a shelf bracket under your upper cabinets.

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Elisabeth Michael Opal Design Group