Are you moving into a new home or apartment, or just setting up your first kitchen? There are certain things that need to be considered before you start shopping. Here are five important tips to help you get started on the right foot with your new kitchen space.
Getting rid of your old stuff
Moving is an amazing chance to get rid of stuff you no longer use or need. Think about each object in your life, and ask yourself: Do I really need it? If so, why? If not, could somebody else benefit from it? And if so, who? Then consider donating your stuff—or selling it at a garage sale (seriously). The money you earn can be donated or reinvested into buying your dream new kitchen appliances!
Flooring for your kitchen
Installing kitchen flooring is like painting or wallpapering, only you get down on your hands and knees. To help you navigate your flooring options, here are some questions to ask yourself: What type of room am I working with? Is it part of an open-plan design? Do I want it to look traditional or contemporary? The answers will help you narrow down your choices—and make sure that what you put in has staying power. (You’ll be very unhappy if a piece of vinyl starts peeling off after three years.) You can check out different types of materials at local stores or research them online; if you have any friends who remodeled recently, see if they’ll share samples for comparison shopping. Then set up appointments with potential installers (ask for at least three estimates); most local contractors should be able to help you find something that fits your budget and style needs.
Picking the right lighting
Choosing new lighting for your kitchen is important for setting the mood, providing light, and generally upgrading your space. While you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on new kitchen lights, you also don’t want to go too cheap – especially when it comes to bulbs. Cheap lighting may seem like a smart option, but chances are it will only last through one or two years before burning out and costing you more money in replacements.
Furniture and accessories
Buying furniture and accessories for your new kitchen is one of those things that can be surprisingly expensive—if you’re not careful. Try renting furniture first, then buying it once you know what pieces work best for your space. This way, you don’t have to commit too much money before you actually have an idea of what will look good in your home. And make sure to use online resources like Pinterest and Houzz when deciding on colors, finishes, countertops, and cabinets; these are some of the details that can make all of the difference in your kitchen.
Design ideas for different layouts
There are many different layouts that can be used when setting up your kitchen, and it all depends on how you intend to use it. For example, an open-plan kitchen lets you see and communicate with family members while they cook, or serves as an elegant background for hosting parties. On the other hand, a galley-style kitchen provides more privacy for one person working alone and is commonly used in smaller spaces where there isn’t much extra room.