5 Easy Kitchen Design Updates

Consider one of these 5 easy ideas to quickly give your kitchen a new look.

Do you feel like your kitchen’s look could use a little change? You might be surprised by how big of an impact a few small updates can make. Before you commit to remodeling the kitchen entirely, why not try one of the following ideas to give your old kitchen design a little kick.

Add Statement Lighting

: 5 Easy Kitchen Design UpdatesThe right lighting is absolutely essential in a kitchen, not only in order to enable to you to do your meal prep in safety and comfort but also to let your kitchen look its best. You may not be showing off all the features to their fullest advantage without the right lighting. In addition to providing these essential functionalities, kitchen lighting fixtures can also serve an aesthetic purpose all of their own, especially when a statement piece from a quality lighting design studio is chosen. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we can help you find the right lighting solutions to transform the look of your kitchen.

Get New Faucets

Another easy way to update your kitchen is by simply swapping out your kitchen faucets for a new set. While you will need to choose a set that fits your current sink and matches its finish, beyond these concerns you may have many different options to choose from. Again, choosing a statement piece for your kitchen faucet can change the tone of the whole kitchen.

Change Cabinet Hardware

Drawer pulls and cabinet door knobs are sometimes treated as an afterthought, but in reality they can be a powerful design element. Simply switching from traditional round knobs to sleek, minimalist tabs can radically transform the look of a bank of cabinet doors or drawers.

Refresh Paint

Changing the color of the paint on kitchen walls and cabinets is another relatively easy way to transform the space. You might try out a bold new color or just change your neutral shades a few tones. Either way it can make a big difference in the look of the kitchen.

New Cabinet Fronts

One final easy kitchen update idea is to change your cabinet doors. Provided your original cabinets are solid wood and in good condition, you might order new custom door fronts to change their look without the hassle of replacing all the cabinets entirely. You might also decide to remove some doors entirely to open up a small kitchen or create display areas for your fine china or other kitchen wares.

Kitchen and Bath Remodels Excellent Investments in LA Area

Upgrading your kitchen or bath can deliver a boost to resale values.

Kitchen and Bath Remodels Excellent Investments in LA AreaAfter a certain number of years, even the finest kitchen or bath can start to look dated. Maybe materials are becoming worn, or maybe the décor is simply no longer fashionable. In any case, you can turn to Mission West Kitchen and Bath for many of the supplies needed to give your space a makeover. We have quality cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, lighting, countertops, and hardware. When you shop with us, you know you are getting quality. And quality, more than cost, is a sign of enduring value.

When it comes to kitchen and bath remodels, it really is important to think more in terms of value than of cost. After all, data indicates that a quality remodeling job can almost pay for itself in terms of improved resale value. Take these examples from the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report.

Small Bathroom Remodel

The Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report defined this project as including replacement of all plumbing fixtures as well as the tub tile surround, floor tile, and wallpaper or paint. According to 2014 data from the Los Angeles area, this project would cost about $20,400 and recoup the homeowner $19,800 in resale value for a 97 percent return on investment.

Master Bathroom Remodel

This project would include not only refreshing all the design elements in the bathroom, but actually enlarging the bathroom from 35 to 100 square feet to incorporate many luxurious new features. All the plumbing fixtures would be relocated to create a new whirlpool tub; a stone-topped vanity with custom cabinetry and his and hers sinks and medicine cabinets; a glass shower enclosure with designer tile walls and recessed shower caddy; and a one-piece toilet in its own private room. This project would cost about $60,000 and recoup the homeowner $49,700 in resale value for an 83 percent return on investment.

Kitchen Remodel

This project includes 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, new laminate countertops, new double-tub stainless steel sink with single-lever faucet, new flooring, and custom lighting. All the appliances will also be updated to more energy-efficient and attractive models. This project would cost about $65,000 and recoup the homeowner $55,600 in resale value for an 85 percent return on investment.

Upscale Kitchen Remodel

This project includes many of the same elements as the previous kitchen remodel project, with the difference being that finer materials are used. For example, the laminate countertop and stainless steel sink would be replaced with a natural stone countertop incorporating a high-end undermount sink with designer faucets. The cabinetry would all be custom, with built-in storage accessories. The appliances would also be top-of-the-line and custom general and task lighting solutions would be installed. This project would cost about $124,500 and recoup the homeowner $97,200 in resale value for a 78 percent return on investment.

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