In the 21st century, people are constantly ditching old things and replacing them with new gizmos and gadgets. But don’t get easily overwhelmed by what you see from other people’s kitchens and resign yourself to impulse purchases. A kitchen upgrade may be in the cards for you, but it’s important to take an organized approach when you’re making that kind of investment.
Take careful consideration to create a list of important pieces you need before acting, and consider the following important advice before moving forward with a costly but perhaps necessary kitchen upgrade.
When You Need To Consider A Kitchen Upgrade?
1. A Recent Change In Lifestyle?
Before making any sudden changes, ask yourself the following ten questions:
- Have you recently switched jobs?
- Did you just move out?
- Have you had a baby?
- Do you need more food in your new home?
- Do you need a more spacious and safer space?
- Do you expect guests?
- Do you plan to cook, bake or prepare food?
- Are your available appliances getting rusty and useless?
- Do you do more jobs now than before?
- Do you need to find more efficient and effective ways to do things in the kitchen?
These are few questions you need to answer before you make a significant decision. Remember that your kitchen should never reflect the look of other kitchens have, but rather, it should reflect your lifestyle.
2. Do You Need A Small Number Of Multi-Purpose Appliances Or A Large Number Of Single-Purpose Appliances?
Don’t invest in similar appliances that take up space and clutter your cupboards and drawers. Carrot peelers, can openers, whisks, spatulas and scissors, can extend to larger appliances like toasters. Invest wisely to save kitchen space and money.
Instead, invest in an appliance that has multiple functions. Instant pots, for example, are great for meals and food preparation, and they’ll save you storage space because you won’t have to invest in 7 different other cooking devices. Not only do you minimize the amount of items in your kitchen by embracing the multi-purpose mentality, but you also get more bang for your buck.
3. Replace Vs. Repair
Learn the 50/50 rule. If an appliance is halfway through its lifespan and the cost of repair is more than 50 percent of the cost for a new appliance, consider replacing it instead of repairing it. For those on a tight budget but still want a kitchen upgrade, Ask two things first:
First, how often does it that device need to be repaired? If it feels like you’re constantly having to fix it just to keep it running for a couple more years, it’s probably a good idea to just send it out to pasture and replace it. Second, if it does break down, how much would it cost to repair? If the repair is going to cost a lot of money, then consider replacing it instead of repairing it.
4. A Need for subtraction
Take a look at your kitchen. Do you still keep those rusty and dysfunctional appliances that are too expensive to be repaired? Do you have any appliances that are taking up valuable counter space? Do you have any appliances that are consuming too much cabinet space?
If it’s something you’ve used in the past 3 months, keep it. If it’s something that was passed down to you from your parents or grandparents and you haven’t used it in years, consider donating it to someone in need or sell it and earn a quick buck.
5. Colors Are Important
If you’ve got something weird like an outdated faux paint job complete with ivy or fruit-themed stencil work on your wall (that actually happened to me), then get a new paint-job. Color is one of the fastest and most inexpensive ways to update a room.
Think about colors in the following way. Color 1 is an existing kitchen color that can’t be changed. This may be the color of the countertop or cabinets. Color 2 is a neutral of your choice. Use it for the new wall color that complements color 1. It’ll serve as the kitchen backdrop. Color 3 is the color that makes your kitchen unique. Use it as a statement piece for your accessories like bar stools, vases or cookware.
The secret is in the three color palette. The best way to find the perfect three color palette is to grab paint swatches in the shades you like and shuffle them around until you’re happy with the combination. Once you find your signature three color palette, keep a set handy for accessory shopping.
Toxic cookware will make your kitchen the habitat of unhealthy and dangerous elements. Certain kinds of kitchenware can discharge toxic fumes and chemicals into your food. Over time these foreign substances can build up in your body, potentially damaging the health of you and your loved ones. If there are any safety concerns with any appliance, you definitely want to consider replacing it.
For instance, as popular as the convenient non-stick pan is, many are unaware of the toxic coating that forms the nonstick surface. Some of these pans contain chemical element called “teflon” used for coating pans. When heated, they release toxic fumes that can cause flu-like symptoms, increase the risk of high cholesterol levels, thyroid disease and infertility. This is a hint to change nonstick pans to safer alternatives such as pots made from stainless steel or cast iron.
Kitchen remodeling is perhaps one of the most rewarding remodeling decisions you can make, especially if you’ve recently purchased your home. It may be costly, but going this route will ensure many years of beauty and reliable service. And you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your kitchen look like a million bucks. Before you jump in with a sledgehammer and start knocking down your kitchen walls, establish a plan for the kitchen remodel.