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If you’ve been thinking about remodeling your kitchen, but you’re overwhelmed by all the possibilities and you don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. Revamping your kitchen is a big job, but it’s one that will pay off in a big way. The kitchen is usually the room where everyone wants to be so it pays to make it a comfortable and inviting space. Here are 7 kitchen remodeling projects that don’t require a huge remodel but will have a big impact on the look and feel of your kitchen.

  1. Refresh Your Cabinets

Changing the look of your cabinets will dramatically transform the kitchen space. In most kitchens the cabinets dominate the space so changing the stain of the cabinets to a darker stain or changing the color by painting the cabinets will deliver a big impact for a low cost. If your existing cabinets are white try painting them a dark color. Colored cabinets are very on trend right now and flipping from white cabinets to black, dark green, dark blue, or even a charcoal gray will give your kitchen some drama. 

  1. Add Character with Distressed Hardwood

Wood accents are very trendy right now because they balance out the stark all-white kitchen that has been popular for several years. Gray based white paints and cool white subway tiles need the warmth of wood to provide light and texture and make the kitchen more inviting. Distressed hardwood has unique textures, wear patterns, and colors that look wonderful in a white kitchen. Distressed hardwood flooring will instantly warm up even the chilliest white kitchen. 

  1. Under Cabinet Lighting

Under cabinet lighting is very useful and makes it easy to get the extra light you need while cooking or low light at night without having to turn on all of the overhead lights. Under cabinet lighting is also a great way to highlight artwork, special dishes, or other unique elements in your kitchen. It will save money on your energy bill as well, which is a nice bonus. 

  1. Install Durable Countertops

Tired of your granite countertops? Change out that builder’s grade granite for something more durable and a lot more stylish. Quartz countertops are very affordable but also very durable and will last for a long time without any extra maintenance. They are stain resistant and come in a wide range of colors so that you can keep the color going in the kitchen. If you prefer clean white countertops there is a marbled quartz that has similar veining to marble but is much easier to clean and maintain. Or go darker with black or gray quartz countertops. 

  1. Remember the Small Details

In the kitchen small details really stand out. Don’t forget to upgrade things like the light fixtures, faucets, and hardware on the cabinets. All those finishing touches really do make a difference in how the room looks. When you remember to upgrade all the fixtures it will pull the room together and make it look polished and sophisticated. 

  1. Chalkboard Wall

A chalkboard wall is a lot of fun and it’s practical, especially if you have kids. A large black chalkboard wall can add some needed drama and definition to the kitchen and it’s the perfect place for the kids to leave messages for you and for each other. This is also a good way to stay organized. Use your chalkboard wall to write down “to do’s” or your menu for the week. This is a great functional decor piece for any kitchen. 

  1. Add an Island

A kitchen island is one of the most practical ways to make the most of the space that you have. Even if your kitchen is small, making room for an island is a good idea. A kitchen island gives you extra storage space with built in drawers and cabinets as well as extra cooking and prep space. It also provides extra seating and can be used as a place for kids to do homework. 

Upgrading the look and function of your kitchen doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Think outside the box and make sure you focus on the details and you can transform your kitchen. Also, as a general tip, consult your trusted home remodeling contractor on the best options that will fit your budget.