Countertops, cabinets, and floor treatments may take center stage during a remodel, but the backsplash deserves attention as well. A color-coordinated backsplash made of wood, wallpaper, or tile can make a vibrant visual impact and enhance minute details of a modern kitchen. When selecting your backsplash material and design, ensure that the pattern plays well with the color palette and style of your kitchen. Homeowner Kristin Jackson's kitchen design received a beautiful visual boost from glossy white tiles arranged to mimic herringbone. The pop of pattern enlivens the sleek setup without overwhelming the space.
Remodeling your kitchen is the perfect opportunity to create a design that’s based on your individual needs. Focus on who will be using the kitchen most and how many people will be working in the space at one time. You’ll want to ensure you have room to work and move around as needed, so consider the work triangle in your new layout. You’ll also want to think about a dining area, how often you entertain, and what a kitchen with guests would look like. Our team of kitchen designers can develop a variety of options to ensure your new kitchen perfectly fits your lifestyle.
If you do have the budget to rearrange appliances, make sure to keep your floor plan in mind. Does it follow the natural triangular traffic pattern between the refrigerator, stove, and oven? Is the dishwasher next to the sink? It should be, because otherwise, you create a mess every time you walk across the room with a dripping dish in your hand. To save money, I once put a dishwasher in the counter opposite the sink – and as a result, I cleaned up drips on the floor for years.
Backsplash racks offer easy access and stylish storage. Most versions take just a few minutes to install. Type “backsplash rack” into any online search engine to find a range of styles. You’ll also find a range of prices (up to $60 per foot!). The stainless steel rails shown here cost about $3 per foot, and add-on shelves and bins range from $6 to $20 plus shipping at ikea.com.
Minor remodels aim to preserve the kitchen’s existing footprint while refreshing its overall appearance and usability. The significant changes are usually budget-friendly fixes like painting the walls, adding new flooring and buying energy-efficient appliances, since the customer isn’t selecting top-of-the-line materials or products. Cabinetry is often a lofty expense, but minor remodels opt for money-saving measures like refacing the existing cabinets or selecting entry-level cabinets, which are mass-produced and ready-to-install.
Don't place limitations on your color palette. While natural earth tones work well in some homes, playful pastels pair elegantly with other spaces.Homeowners Curtis and Jennie Hemmert began their kitchen remodel with a foundation of chestnut-hued wooden cabinets that begged for a coat of color. Semigloss seafoam-hued paint lends the Hemmerts' homey kitchen more whimsy and visually opens the space.
If you want more counter and storage space, then adding a center island may be worth the cost. But an island can limit the number of people working in the kitchen, reduce traffic flow to one-way with no passing, and make for cramped quarters. Try out an island before committing to one. Slap together a full-scale model out of cardboard or plywood and live with it for a few days. Make sure you can open your stove and refrigerator doors. No space for an island? Consider a kitchen trolley instead.