When considering a kitchen renovation, expert tips can help you focus your plans so you get the kitchen of your dreams for less money and less stress.

“Redesigning your kitchen is a big investment,” said A-list designer Nate Berkus, Artistic Advisor of LG STUDIO line. “It’s not just about the money; you’re also investing a lot of time and emotion. There are so many decisions to make, and you want them to be the right ones. You also want to create a space that reflects the people who live there. A well-designed kitchen needs to be functional and personalized.”

Berkus offered seven tips for homeowners to cut the confusion and make a smart kitchen renovation.

Be realistic and do your research


Berkus suggested that homeowners start with a realistic assessment of their budget and a wish list. After nailing those down, spend some time online looking for images that best reflect your personal style. “There is so much design inspiration out there: Instagram, Pinterest, design blogs, and so many others,” said Berkus. “Find out what you are drawn to and what catches your eye. Ask yourself how you want to live in the space and what’s most important to you. The design needs to support that.”

Invest where it counts

Appliances are expensive, but you want to buy the very best you can afford. Consider how much use they get and how long you want them to last for a worthwhile investment. “The new LG STUDIO line that I helped design features pro-style design elements that instantly make a kitchen feel high-end,” said Berkus

Stretch your renovation dollars

“It’s the old adage, ‘don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,'” said Berkus. “If your cabinets are in good condition, you can save a ton of money by painting them. Of course, if your cabinet doors are falling off and are broken, then invest in some of the custom kitchen cabinets in Glen Allen, VA. Once you invest in decent cabinets, you won’t have to replace them in the future. When it comes to flooring, don’t rip it out if you can refinish. Save where you can and then you can spend more of your budget on things that you really love, and are more important, like the appliances.”

Add personal touches

For dressing up your kitchen, shop your home and use things you already own. “Objects from your travels, framed photographs, ceramic bowls or hand-woven baskets are all things that personalize a space and make it feel layered,” said Berkus.

Enhance small spaces


To maximize small spaces, do something unexpected. “Could the cabinets be painted dark gray or black? Could you use some un-lacquered brass hardware for shine? Can you add a backsplash in antique or aged mirror?” he said.

Divide big spaces into zones

To get the most out of a larger kitchen, Berkus suggested using a zone approach. “For example, the island and its location will determine where the appliances sit,” he said. “In addition, a large open kitchen allows the opportunity to add an eat-in area. Why not add a built-in banquette upholstered in easy-to-clean materials like outdoor fabric or leather?”

Think long-term

For an investment that lasts, Berkus said to err on the side of classic elements and finishes like stone, brass, steel, and more. “One of my go-to’s is LG’s Black Stainless Steel finish. It’s both sophisticated, functional and will up the design ante in any kitchen. It is also fingerprintand smudge-resistant, making it perfect for families.”

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.