Kitchen Makeover Tips to Balance Style and Function

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, you’re probably most excited about creating a space that looks just like your Pinterest inspiration board. It’s easy to forget that the kitchen needs to be functional and fit your needs for cooking and entertaining. During your kitchen remodel process focus both on  functionality, and if you think your house may not be your last, consider resale value as you make decisions. Below are five visually appealing design choices that will add lasting value to your home.


Seamless Surfaces
Before selecting your countertop surface material, set your budget and also identify how much wear and tear your countertops will receive. The below surfaces are all great picks, depending on both usage and budget.

  • Granite and quartz are both gorgeous, and offer excellent scratch and stain resistance. Quartz features perfect consistency in terms of the pattern, and both materials will give a luxe feel to your kitchen.
  • Solid surface and laminate countertops offer even better pattern consistency. What they lack in stain and scratch resistance, they make up for in price.
  • Eco/recycled countertops will make a large visual impact, they offer qualities similar to quartz, and are sustainable.

Luxe Lighting

The party starts and ends in the kitchen, so consider splurging on a conversation starting, statement piece like a chandelier, or a series of beautiful pendant lamps that also are also functional task lighting. Take it to the next level with recessed can lights in strategic locations, and simple puck lighting under cabinets for more concentrated lighting where you really need it.


Can-Do Cabinets

Slide-out shelves are an easy and affordable little known design secret. They maximize cabinet space by making every square inch accessible, and minimize frustration when you’re trying to get dinner together or unload the dishwasher.

The Super Sink

The kitchen sink is the workhorse of the house, so this is worth some investment. A farmhouse sink is a favorite pick for its clean lines and bountiful basin. The look is bold and traditional, but easily mixes with any design style. If you’re an avid cook, install a commercial style kitchen faucet with a pull-down sprayer.


Fabulous Finishes

Indulge in the appliance finish that you really want. Brushed brass finishes are making an appearance in 2015, and stainless steel is a classic option. You spend a lot of time in your kitchen – and so do your guests – so go the extra mile to make it look as good as it functions.

About the author: Kerrie Kelly, is an interior designer who writes for The Home Depot about kitchen layouts and the types of cabinets, countertops and finishes that work best in your space. Visit to see a variety of kitchen cabinet options for your home.

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