When designing a Kitchen Renovation to select the most fetching eye-candy materials, furnishings and fixtures you can find, it may be tempting. We all know that kitchens and Bathrooms add value to a home when selling, with some saying “we brought the house due to the kitchen“. But the problem with creating so many focal points is that the result can be a visually busy and confusing mishmash of items that battle one another to be the star of the space. And designing this way will put you on the fast track to maxing out your budget before you’ve even had a chance to finalise all of the selections. Kitchen renovation costs do not have to be excessive, they need to be practical and give a good return on your investment. There is no need to spend $50,000.00 on your kitchen remodel if it will only add $20,000.00 to the property sale price.
A better way to go is to select one or two focal points and invest a decent chunk of your budget on those items. Then you can let the other elements support those choices, both visually and budget-wise. Here are a few creative ways you can create a strong focal point in your kitchen.
Kitchen Renovation Guidelines:
1. Bold splashback
Sure, a splashback serves an important function in your kitchen, protecting its walls from food and drink spatters, but it can also step up and be a strong decorative element. If you go for colourful tiles such as these, try adding small bits of their hues throughout the space, to tie the decor together.
2. Accent benchtop
Gone are the days when we seemed to have an unwritten rule that you could use only one type of benchtop material in a kitchen. Accent benchtops are all the rage these days, especially for kitchen islands, so why not use them to create an interesting focal point in your kitchen?
3. Fun furniture
Say you love the colour red. Rather than installing bright red benchtops in your kitchen, consider adding your favourite colour via something that will be easy to change down the road, as tastes and trends evolve. These stools add a fun splash of colour, and I like that they are a flexible, low-commitment option.
4. Colourful appliances
Tired of stainless steel appliances? If so, you’re in luck, as appliances now come in a rainbow of vibrant hues. Unless you are going for an eclectic and super-colourful kitchen, think about keeping the remainder of the hues in the space neutral, as has been done in this beautiful kitchen.
5. Painted cabinets
Here, a mostly white kitchen gets a nice kick of colour, and a great focal point, from leafy-green painted base cabinets. If you consider yourself handy, this can be a terrific DIY project. Or you can hire a pro to spray your cabinets in your favourite hue. The more vibrant you go with the colour, however, the more you should support it with neutrals.
6. Textured wall
Bold colour isn’t the only way to create a focal point in a kitchen. Texture is another, often-underused, design element. In fact, if you desire a monochrome kitchen, it’s a great idea to add some variety via sheen and texture, to keep the space from having a monotonous feel. This 3D feature wall really makes the minimalist kitchen sing.
7. Stunning view
Some focal points don’t need to be added to a kitchen; they already exist. If you are fortunate enough to have a breathtaking view out your kitchen windows, ditch the upper wall cabinets and install expanses of glass instead so you can take full advantage of the view. A full-height pantry on an interior wall can provide the needed storage you would lose from going without the extra cabinets.
8. Fetching fixtures
Good lighting is a kitchen must-have. But don’t just install a few ceiling can lights and under-cabinet strip lights and call it a day. Decorative pendants and chandeliers are hot right now, and they can be an excellent focal point in a minimalist or otherwise neutral kitchen.
9. Amazing artwork
This charming eclectic kitchen has a few focal points, but I find my eye going immediately to the artwork. It goes without saying, however, to use care and consideration when installing art in the kitchen.
10. Family wall
Rather than haphazardly slapping the kids’ creations on the fridge, think about displaying them in a more pleasing way. You could also do this with items such as family photos and postcards from your travels.
Here are a few creative ways you can create a strong focal point in your kitchen.
Unless you are going for a super-colourful and eclectic kitchen, think about keeping the remainder of the hues in the space neutral, as has been done in this beautiful kitchen.
Here, a mostly white kitchen gets a nice kick of colour, and a great focal point, from leafy-green painted base cabinets. Bold colour isn’t the only way to create a focal point in a kitchen. Some focal points don’t need to be added to a kitchen; they already exist.
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