Remodeling your kitchen can increase the value of your home, and really change the way that your home feels overall. A kitchen remodel requires a lot of planning and decision making, which can be made easier by determining what you want from your kitchen before you fully design your kitchen.
Element #1: Financial Level of the Remodel
First, you need to determine what type of remodeling project you are doing from a financial standpoint. Are you doing a low-end remodel, where you repaint the kitchen, change out the hardware on the cabinets, and make other affordable visual changes that will only cost you a couple thousand at most? Or are you going for a high-end remodel, where you rip everything out, and only put in the highest quality items, spending $40,000 or more on the remodel? Or do you imagine falling somewhere in between with a medium-end remodeling project, where you go simple with some things and splurge on others?
Knowing how much you have or want to spend on the project can really steer your vision for the space.
Element #2: Work With Your Home
Second, you need to use the architectural style of your home to help guide the style and feel of your kitchen remodel. You don't want your kitchen to stand out and feel like it doesn't belong with the rest of your home. You want to make sure you create a kitchen that flows with the overall architectural style of your home. Determine what the overall physical structure and style of your home is, and work with that style, not against it, when designing your kitchen. Your kitchen can feel unique, but you also want it to work with the overall style of your home.
Element #3: Pay Attention to Trends
Finally, you don't want your home to look like a clique, but you should pay attention to what is trending within the kitchen design world. The truth is that a lot of kitchen trends often turns into staples. For example, granite countertops are still seen as stylish and a nice addition to any kitchen.
When you look at the trends, think about what you really like and what has long-term staying power. You want to build your kitchen so that it will look just as good ten years from now. You want your kitchen to have a classic but modern look to it.
As you start to design your kitchen, determine what your financial budget is, and figure out how that will impact your design style. Figure out the overall architectural style of your home, and make sure your new kitchen design works with it. Pay attention to trends, and incorporate trends that you feel will have long-standing staying power.