If it’s time for a redecorating project, be sure to have kitchen cabinets at the top of the list. They’re definitely worth the splurge. According to Proline Range Hoods, almost 80% of homeowners remodeling their kitchens splurge on at least one new feature. Here a some compelling reasons why refurbishing your kitchen cabinets should be one of them.
They Take Up a Lot of Visual Space
When you stop to really look at your kitchen, you’ll notice just how much space your cabinets take up. Because of this, how they’re finished is very important. When you update your countertops and flooring, there’s obviously a noticeable difference, but those changes aren’t nearly as impactful as changes and updates made to your cabinets. Just as you wouldn’t remodel your bedroom and leave your duvet cover unchanged, the same is true about kitchen cabinets.
For example, if you’re remodeling your traditional-style kitchen to create a farm-style look, ignoring your cabinets will lessen the effect. Blue cabinets really complete the look for any farm-influenced design style. The same holds true for most other styles as well. Updating the other design elements in the space while leaving your cabinets the same, will make your new contemporary-style kitchen visually confusing. However you plan to redecorate, be sure to have a plan for the cabinets!
There Are a Lot of Exciting Color and Stain Options Available
Another reason why you’ll want to include your cabinets in your remodeling plans is because updating them is a lot of fun. If you’ve had your cabinets for a while, they’re likely fully functional but might look a bit faded or out of style. A fresh coat of paint, or some a new stain color will bring them back to life. You don’t have to be limited to redoing what you currently have, although that is an option. Adding some life to your cabinets will improve the overall look and feel of your kitchen. And, because the kitchen is the heart of the home, you’ll love spending more time there.
White cabinets remain a big favorite with homeowners, but white and brown aren’t your only options. Depending on the rest of the decor, you can choose a shade that ties everything together. Currently, some of the most popular colors are yellow, olive green, and blue. Blue is quickly becoming one of the most loved cabinet colors. Don’t limit yourself to neutrals. This is a perfect opportunity to step a bit outside your comfort zone. Choosing a different paint color is an easy way to give your kitchen an entirely new look, even when you’re not dramatically changing its overall design style.
A New Cabinet Color Can Brighten Darker Kitchens
Kitchens without a lot of natural light can feel small and even a bit dreary. When you want to bring some brightness into the space, consider white cabinets or a bright color. Bright colors will reflect light, making the space feel a lot more open and cheerful. Lighter stains and paint colors definitely fit the bill when you want your kitchen to feel welcoming and comfortable. Consider the entire color palette that you’re planning for the space, and then select one for your cabinets that ties everything together. A well-designed kitchen is sure to become the heart of your home!
A few of today’s trendy colors are blues and greens, which are always in style, as well as tans and grays. Choose light shades of these standard colors, like sky blue, sea green, and light gray. Brown is also a popular color, especially shades with gray undertones like taupe. Another effective way to add some cheer to the space is by updating the hardware and painting the hinges a bright, complementary color. White enamel knobs are a wonderful way to add visual interest and brightness to a kitchen that has a traditional style. Contemporary hardware, like brushed silver or nickel achieves the same effect for more modern styles. Choosing new hardware is a fun way to really get into the redecorating spirit!
Colors and Stains Go Out of Style
Most well-built cabinets last for decades. This means that you’re likely to get tired of them before they need to be replaced. When your cabinets are in great shape, but you want a new look for your kitchen, a new coat of paint or stain is the answer. Kitchen trends tend to last a lot longer than those in other areas of the home, but they still don’t last forever. Talking with your cabinet specialist can give you some ideas to consider. Refinishing your cabinets allows you to get the new look you want without having to deal with the expense or disruption of installing new cabinets.
And, if you still love the color or stain all these years later, they can probably still use a refresh. You can have your stained wood cabinets sanded and redone, and they’ll look like new! Redecorating projects are a great opportunity to make changes or refresh design elements that you still find visually pleasing. Due to the wear and tear that we put our cabinets through year after year, it makes sense to give them a refresh every five years or so. This will also ensure that your cabinets are protected from moisture and oils generated by your cooking. Paint and stain provide an important barrier that protects your cabinets from both.
Refreshed Cabinets Increase the Value of Your Home
Even if you’re not planning to sell your home in the near future, you want to keep it up-to-date and well-maintained. Kitchens and bathrooms are two areas of the home where any updates or improvements you make have a real and significant effect on your home’s value. Kitchen cabinets are an investment, and when you refurbish yours it means that they’re getting the attention that they need. Because we use them every day, it’s very easy for necessary maintenance to go unnoticed. Including them in your redecorating plans will help that from happening.
When it is time to sell, your home will be more attractive to potential buyers. Many people looking to buy a new home cite work that needs to be done in the kitchens as a strike against an otherwise lovely home. When your kitchen is up-to-date and stylish, it’s much more attractive to buyers. Conversely, if your kitchen cabinets look tired and dated, the first thought that’ll go into their minds is how much work it will take to update them. By including your cabinets in your remodeling plans, you’re sure to avoid this unwanted scenario.
We hope that this information was helpful to you and answered some of your questions about how to approach your kitchen remodel. The way your cabinets look and their overall condition has a significant impact on the presentation of your kitchen and your home as a whole.
When you’re ready for a new look for your kitchen cabinets, JNG Painting & Decorating is the team to call. We provide professional cabinet painting and staining services that will transform your kitchen. Contact us today to learn more about the exciting options that are available for sprucing up your cabinets. We look forward to working with you!