25 Great Kitchen Remodeling Ideas
If you’re like most of us, planning a kitchen remodel can prompt a lot of “I want that” items. That’s okay. Why not spend some time creating your wish list; include the practical as well as the trendy. Then add some things purely for fun!
If you work with a professional designer, chances are you can achieve many of your dreams while still being true to your style and budget.
Here are 25 top contenders to bring pizzazz to that hard-working renovated kitchen in your Chicago area home:
- Install a built-in coffee maker with adjacent cabinet space to keep coffee, sweeteners, stirrers, mugs and “to-go” cups ready and close at hand. Or add an oversize countertop “garage” To tuck away your everyday coffemaker.
- A corkboard for tacking up recipes and shopping lists, and either a chalk board or a whiteboard message center that can be hidden on the back of a wall cabinet door.
- Showcase a trendy, easy to clean, bright, impressive backsplash — maybe reflective mirror or shiny glass tiles?
- Make space in a sunny spot for potted herbs, or actually grow tomatoes and other edibles in a vertical wall garden.
- A “real” chopping block!
Make way for built-in ovens, at least one of which should be convection. Or check out the newest in steam ovens. Modern features that allow automatic settings and pre-programming for favorite recipes would be wonderful!
- A “smart” convection microwave that is easy enough for the kids to use, but powerful enough to actually prepare a meal. No counter or upper location for your microwave, then plan for a drawer microwave.
- Create a large island with a zingy look that not only incorporates storage, but also has a second sink a wine cooler or a a set of refrigerator drawers so that your island works for salad and snack preparation as well as a bar and beverage center.
- Black cabinets! Just because they’re cool!
- Some open shelving — for convenience, first and foremost, but also because it’s a great way to display a collection of antique kitchen tools, shapely pottery and handy pitchers, or see-through glass containers full of pasta and dried beans!
- Bamboo floors, not only because they’re green and sustainable, but also because bamboo is great-looking, easy to care for, and more forgiving than hard tile.