Remodel Kitchen Ideas for Your Home

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Your kitchen is among the most visited room in your house. As such, it needs to appeal to your taste, preferences, and resonate with your personality.

If you've just bought a new home and looking for kitchen decorating ideas, we got you covered. Or if you just looking for modern and trendy interior design ideas, you are at the right place. And it doesn't matter whether it's a modern or a farmhouse kitchen.

Even if you are living alone or with your family, these kitchen remodel ideas will prove helpful.

Let's delve in.

1. Kitchen Backsplash Remodel

Your backsplash should be among the first place in your kitchen makeover. Besides being the most used space, you cannot enjoy a new look without remodelling it.

The good thing is, backsplash remodelling is cost-effective and quite easy. You've two options, either to remove the existing backsplash design and get a new one, or just upgrade to your desired kitchen design.


If you have a tile backsplash, getting new tiles will result in an amazing look at an affordable price.

But if you are financially constrained, you can play with art and create a unique design on the existing material. You just need to be creative to craft a design in a secondary accent colour.

It can be challenging to choose the right backsplash material. But these factors can help you: your preferences, budget, overall kitchen material, personal needs, and style as well as use.

If you have no experience in kitchen remodel, trying DIY can be an uphill task that can still lead to unimpressive results.

Therefore, if you are not planning on a DIY, then you should hire a kitchen remodel specialist. Express your desires and let them upgrade your backsplash.

2. Kitchen Ideas for Your Cabinets

Your kitchen remodelling would be incomplete without renovating your lower and upper cabinets. The remodelling involves fixing loose hinges, unattractive colour scheme, or outdated designs.

If you have a tight budget, there are simple things you can do to transform your kitchen cabinets. For example, tightening the screws, or even repainting the cabinets. These small things will improve functionality and look.

Beyond that, if you want a cheap remodel, maybe to serve you for a short duration, you can go for cabinets made from Medium Fiber Density (MDF). These are made by pressing wood particles and glue together under high temperature. Quite affordable but not as durable, especially in a kitchen under heavy use.

Another kitchen cabinet remodelling idea is Ready to Assemble (RTA). These types of kitchen cabinets are in a flat pack and come with all hardware required for assembling. Saves you a lot of time.

But if you've planned for a kitchen remodel and have a budget for your cabinets, then you can enjoy some incredible kitchen designs. You can go for the pricy, but extremely durable cabinets. They are made from solid wood with dovetail joinery. They come in various designs and colour schemes, and you can personalize them to reflect your personality.

3. Kitchen Designs for New Flooring

Whether you have a big or small kitchen, relaying the floor can be a time-consuming and expensive undertaking. Your flooring kitchen ideas should suit your budget, styles, and resonate with other parts of your kitchen.

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The best flooring idea is to use hardwood material. In most cases, it comes as thick planks of natural and compact wood. This one remains intact even with rapid changes in humidity and temperature.

However, with increasing technology and engineering, you can find great flooring planks with thin layers of hardwood on the top joined with other layers to prevent extreme contraction and expansion cycles.

You can choose from walnut and oak hardwoods. They are durable, and quite affordable and provides a natural look on the kitchen floor. But if you prefer a light-coloured hardwood, ash is awesome if you have low floor traffic. But with many people in the house, hickory should be your top option.

4. Create a Kitchen Island

Consider creating an island in your kitchen, it works well even with a small kitchen or a farmhouse kitchen. Use natural stones such as marble, or quartz countertops that will increase durability and enhancing variety. Your kitchen island's size depends on its purpose and leg traffic in your home. If you’re looking for wholesale pricing, check out for wholesale party supplies.

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For instance, if you intend to serve drinks on your kitchen island, leave enough leg space. If it also doubles as a working space, make sure to add electrical outlets.

5. Luxe Appliances for Your Kitchen Remodel

Having the right appliances should be at the top of your kitchen design ideas. Otherwise, it will take such a long while to get tasks done.

Don't get carried away by modern appliances that look attractive. Functionality should be primary and looks secondary, but if you can find both attributes, go for it.

To maintain efficiency, ensure you have kitchen upgrades for your appliances every few years.

That said, changing to luxe appliances should include enhanced aesthetics and better performance and utility. So, don't hesitate to replace your two decades refrigerator with a stylish and sleek model. You'll love the quietness and space utilization.

6. Open Shelving for Kitchen Upgrades

Open shelf is a trend gaining popularity in many modern homes. With enough creativity like a white kitchen of open shelves, or mix and match, you can achieve a unique and stylish kitchen design.

You can have shelves between windows or on the corner of your kitchen to display teacups, cookbooks or pottery. You can add a sense of style by incorporating baskets, fancy hooks, or hang some awesome stuff.

Maintain one colour of glassware on the open shelves. More than that distracts and reduces the astonishing functionality, which open shelving, when done correctly, serves.

7. Have Honed Granite and Quartz Countertops

If you want to enhance your kitchen decor, adding some natural stone options on your countertops is something worth trying.


Combining honed finish countertops with white oak cabinets creates such an ultra-modern and stylish touch. Since oak is durable and less susceptible to water damage, combining it with honed granite serves you over a long period.

You can also get creative depending on the size of your countertops and the major functions.

8. Consider Repainting Your Kitchen

When considering kitchen design ideas, it's possible to forget about another coating of paint on the walls and top. An ideal kitchen makeover should make sure that your kitchen looks like it's brand new. That's why a retouch of paint is extremely important.

Kitchen repainting can be a bit tricky because you want to pick a colour that blends well with the rest of the kitchen, appliances, and one that can withstand water, oil, and heat stress. But with ample time on researching, you can rise above that.

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The good thing is that repainting is easy, cost-effective and you can try DIY. This allows you complete control of the design, texture, and colour.

A quick tip, choose colours that create a visual effect that can be associated with food. Semi-gloss and satin are among the best options for kitchen remodelling as they are shiny enough for easy cleaning but also flat to hide imperfections.

9. Be Creative with Lighting

Creative and smart lighting kitchen remodelling ideas can transform your kitchen into a haven of serenity and tranquillity. This cost-effective trick is best achieved when you mix and match different fixtures in specific places in your kitchen.

Kitchen remodeling ideas about light are countless depending on your goal and budget. For example, are you are looking for task lighting or ambient lighting?


As a homeowner, you cannot go wrong with LED ceiling lights. Besides being low power consumers, these lights are ec0-friendly. You can achieve the wow factor if you install pendant lights above your dining area or kitchen island.

Planning to eat dinners in the dining room? Consider adding dimmers.

Regardless of your kitchen remodelling ideas, goals, and budget, you can find awesome lights to enhance the form and appearance of your kitchen.

If you are not sure of which spots to light up, consider hiring an interior designer.

Tips For Your Kitchen Remodeling

The tips below can help you avoid pitfalls and get a kitchen remodel that you are happy with.

1. Put Your Budget Together

You'll need to make a budget, but you'll also need to build in room to go over budget because it's very common for this to happen with any kind of remodel. A common way to pay for a remodel is with a home equity line of credit. This allows you to get money for the equity that you have in your home. You can find out more about getting a HELOC, what kind of interest rates you can expect and tax information by reviewing a guide that can help you understand your options.

2. Think Practically

A big mistake that many people make when doing a kitchen remodel is failing to consider how they actually work in the space. Where appliances will go, traffic flow, and storage and counter space are among the things you should consider. Islands are very popular, but will one work for you? You might want to actually try constructing a temporary structure out of plywood just to get a sense of how it might work. If you do decide on an island, think about how you want to use it. For example, it can be for food prep and eating, or you could have a sink or dishwasher installed.

3. Get Help

You can hire a professional to do everything, or you can do it yourself, but it's a good idea to at least have a designer review your plans. On your own, there are almost certainly things that you have missed. A professional may also be able to suggest a solution that you have not considered.

4. Know Yourself

You're spending a lot of money on this project, so you might as well be honest with yourself. This is not a time to be aspirational and hope that if you pay for a high-end kitchen, it will turn you into a gourmet cook. If what you're really after is a place for family meals or just an update for some tired old cabinets and appliances, choose the design you want and not whatever is trendy right now. Keep in mind as well that trends come and go. What's hot right now may look dated in just a few years.

5. Tie It All Together

While you'll need to think about individual elements of the kitchen, you also need to make sure that they all work together. You love the color you've chosen for your walls and you love the color and design of your cabinets, but do they look good next to each other? What about your fixtures? What is the overall feel that you're going for? This is a place where a professional may be helpful as well, suggesting tweaks that tie the look together.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a typical kitchen remodel cost?

Honestly, there is no standard cost since there are so many factors to consider such as, hiring a kitchen renovation specialist or not, family room or not, type of materials, desired details, budget, remodeling ideas, and desired outcome.

How can I remodel my kitchen cheaply?

The cheapest way to remodel your kitchen is to use DIY. Watch YouTube videos and replicate that in your home. Outsourcing only that which you cannot do.

How do I redesign my kitchen layout?

Redesigning your kitchen layout requires skills and expertise. As such, it's best to hire an interior designer to work with. Letting them know your desired details and look can be instrumental in your kitchen makeover.

What should I Consider Most in Kitchen Remodeling Ideas?

Function and operations in your kitchen should primary when renovating your kitchen. For example, do you need better kitchen lighting to carry out your tasks or are you looking for kitchen storage ideas?

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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