Ready for a mid-year make over?
July is a great time to take stock of the resolutions you made in January. If some of those goals included sprucing up your home, but you still haven’t taken the first steps, it isn’t too late.
Roeser Home Remodeling are the experts at kitchen and bathroom remodels. Let’s take a look at what’s been trending for kitchens in 2022.
Mid-year Kitchen Make Overs
Beverage Fridge Kitchen Zones
Tired of kids opening and closing the frig all day, especially in the summer when they’re reaching for cold drinks?
How about having a dedicated kitchen zone? If you have a nook or unused corner in your kitchen, stock a mini frig with juice, bottled water and fruit for the kids. Add some shelves for mugs, glasses and small plates and you contain traffic to one area of the kitchen.
No kids? No problem! Make it a coffee station or wet bar. Same idea but with adult beverages.
According to Houzz.com, nearly 1 in 5 homeowners renovating their kitchens are adding a beverage fridge to their projects, up by 5 percentage points from 2021. Join them.
Faucets and Hardware
On a tight budget? Upgrading the faucets and other hardware in the kitchen is a quick and easy mid-year update. It’s relatively inexpensive compared to the return of your investment.
Here are a few ideas to help you make the best selections for your kitchen.
- For modern kitchens with clean, sleek lines, look for brushed brass, polished chrome, or polished nickel.
- Matte black faucets – or even red! – adds some pizzazz and contrast to an all-white or light gray scheme.
- Adding texture in the form of etched handles is also an option to offset all the white.
- Some manufacturers are taking vintage industrial plumbing fixtures and giving them a modern spin.
An Island in The Sun
You don’t to travel to get your own island in the sun. And waterfalls seem to go hand-in-hand with them.
According to Houzz.com’s “40 Home Design Trends That Will Shape 2022,” more than half of homeowners who renovate their kitchen add an island or update an existing one. While this may take some reconfiguring of the kitchen’s layout, the benefits far outweigh any detractors. Here are some ideas to consider.
- A wood-topped island to add warmth to your kitchen, especially if it is a bright, cool, all-white or light gray.
- A waterfall islands, generously sized with countertop materials that blend seamlessly onto walls or hang over the sides.
- An island topped with durable engineered quartz in a light, marble look. You get the look and feel of this classic material with the benefits of a scratch- and stain-resistant surface.
- Live in a cold climate? Splurge with a countertop heated with a heating element similar used in radiant-heat floors.
Colorful Appliance Finishes
Ready for a fun, easy-to-accomplish mid-year make over? It’s about that time. Just as in 2021, panel-ready appliances add color, are easy to clean and your décor will be seamless.
Manufacturers such as Forza, Blue Star and True Residential are bringing bold options to kitchen appliances. Others bring more subdued colors to the kitchen. But they all allow the homeowner to blend their appliances into their kitchen decorating scheme.
All-white is Still Classic – and Classy
According to Houzz.com, white is still the most popular color homeowners choose for cabinets, backsplashes and walls. White enhances light, mood and a sense of cleanliness.
White can be classy, but no break in the white can be reminiscent of institutions. So, break up the white with color with:
- Colored, paneled appliances
- Colored cabinets
- Pops of color in hardware on (white) cabinets, faucets or light fixtures.
Whether it’s natural light or electrical lights, good lighting is an important part of a kitchen remodeling project.
Bank of Windows
If you love natural lighting (and who doesn’t), go as big as you can. If you have a great view, a large bank of windows on one, two or even three walls, will let you take advantage of that. Make the windows operable and you can invite in fresh air.
If you aren’t lucky enough to have the wall space or view for a bank of windows, look above. A skylight can easily be placed between sections of the structural framework of most houses.
But think carefully of its size and placement. If it’s a small skylight perfectly centered in the middle of a large room, any benefits will be reduced. It should be in a spot so that some of the daylight is reflected off vertical surfaces.
Large, Clear Lights
Large lantern or drum lights with clear shades can spread the light out to the corners of the kitchen. A plus – the view is unobstructed. So you can see outside your single window even with the added light.
Ready for that Mid-year Make Over?
Keep in mind these 2022 kitchen trends as you consider your mid-year make over.
And keep in mind that 89% of homeowners hire professionals to remodel their kitchen, according to the 2022 U.s .Houzz Kitchen Trends Study released in January.