How to Fall in Love with Your Next Kitchen Remodel

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. In so many ways, this is so beautifully true. It is a convenient meeting point for catching up when guests first arrive. It’s a generator of intoxicating scents that spread throughout the house, alerting everyone that their stomachs are about to have a party. It can also be terrifying and unsettling, that is if you decide you want to remodel it and completely miss the mark. Since a kitchen remodel can end up costing you thousands of dollars, even when you shop smart, it’s important to get it right the first time. Here’s how to do just that.

1. Trust your gut, and only your gut, unless the other gut belongs to a professional.

Only you know what your style is. Only you have a picture in your mind of what you want the final product to look like. Only you truly know your budget. All that to say, keep the “advice” you receive to a minimum. Everyone will have an opinion about how to make your kitchen look great, but ultimately the kitchen is not going in their home, it’s going in yours. If you do need some assistance, it’s okay to talk to a designer, just be sure to very clearly communicate your ideas to them, and don’t be afraid to put your foot down when they say something you disagree with.

2. See everything in the right light.

Everything we buy, whether it be jewelry, a sports car, or kitchen cabinets, looks different in the showroom than in your home. For some items, seeing them in your home can be a let down, compared to the carefully designed lighting that stores employ. So, to be sure you’ll absolutely love your kitchen remodel, be sure to bring samples home and take a good hard look at them in the exact space you’ll be using them. Then you will know if something looks great or not.

3. Know when to stop.

Since a kitchen remodel is one of the most expensive updates you’re likely to make to your home, it can be tempting to want to stick to your guns with the decisions you’ve made. However, if you’ve made a bad decision, it then becomes a battle to cover up that bad decision, rather than admit you made a mistake. Just stop. Don’t spend more money to cover up bad design choices, because at some point there won’t be any more money. Own your mistakes, and make the most of the materials you have already chosen.

4. The pros are there for you.

When you bring on a professional to complete some aspect of your kitchen remodel project, it can be easy to assume they know exactly what they’re doing and will do it right the first time. In many cases this is true. However, if something was miscommunicated or not made clear to them, they could make mistakes without realizing they’re making a mistake. If you see something that’s not right, be willing to say so. It might cause momentary displeasure for you or the professional, but it will be much worse if you allow them to finish and then tell them they did something wrong. If they’re a true professional, they’ll be glad to hear your feedback, since they exist to make you happy with the final results.

Though there are always ways to rescue a botched remodel, the best way to do that is to not botch anything to begin with. Use good planning, and be vocal throughout the process, and you’ll end up with results you’ll love for years.

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