Top Kitchen Upgrades That Blend Beauty and Value

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: DecorImproveRemodelTips

Nowhere else in the home must design and function marry as harmoniously as in the kitchen. The most-used room in the house is also the one where we spend the most work and leisure time, the one that gets the most scrutiny from potential buyers and the spot where most renovation dollars get spent.

Here are some of the top kitchen upgrades that provide the most beauty and functionality for your investment:

Countertops

In any kitchen, the countertops are both a significant design element and a functional necessity. Replacing lower-cost counter-tops such as laminate with higher-end materials like granite can enhance the usability and look of your work surface. Even if you opt to replace older laminate with the same material, your kitchen can benefit from a fresh face and improved material quality.

Lighting and ventilation

Illumination and fresh air in a kitchen not only allow you to appreciate the beauty of the room, they ensure a safer, more comfortable work environment. Under-cabinet task lighting, pendants over a breakfast bar and upgrading an old box-style fluorescent with a more attractive, energy-efficient style can enhance the usability and look of a kitchen. Adding Energy Star-qualified skylights can also boost the appearance, appeal and efficiency of a kitchen. If you opt for venting skylights, they can help release hot air, moisture and odors while admitting additional light.

Accessories like decorator blinds with a remote control ensure you can adjust the amount of light that enters your kitchen from a skylight while dressing up your decor.

Cabinets

Improving cabinets can be a costly prospect, but one worth the investment since they are not only a major design element in the kitchen, but essential to the room’s efficiency and usability. You can find a range of options for upgrading cabinets, from total replacement with custom-made cabinetry to simply resurfacing or repainting existing cabinets.