Whether you want to give your kitchen a new look or are looking to sell your home, a kitchen improvement can go a long way. It is always important to keep in mind that a kitchen improvement can be expensive so be sure to add or change only what you absolutely need. Below are a few tips that will help you do just that. 

Set an itemized budget

Before going all out and spending money on new countertops or appliances, it is important to decide what you need. Setting a budget is important so you do not have to go back to your pocket when the work has already begun. Home improvement experts advise that you allocate 10-15% of the current value of your home to a kitchen redesign. 

It is also important to go around the kitchen, list down what you would like to change, and the approximate cost for each of the items. That way, you always know where you stand as you go about improving your kitchen. 

Lighting is important

Gloomy or poorly lit kitchens are a turn off both to those living in the house and those who would like to purchase your house. A mix of tasteful and bright lights can give life to your kitchen and make cooking an enjoyable experience. A good lighting option is recessed ceiling fixtures. They are unobtrusive and provide good overall lighting. If you have a dining area in your kitchen, chandeliers or pendants also work really well. 

For those looking to sell their homes, under-cabinet lights are popular and provide a good ambiance. Beware though that they may reflect off shiny surfaces so if you are worried about that, find some that have diffusers or frosted glass. Kitchen splashbacks are another, more subtle way of lighting up your kitchen, and are easily available from places like Simply Plastics.

Improve your floors

Often overlook, floors can work really well to tie the kitchen together. Try to match the floor with the rest of the kitchen including the cabinets, countertops and other fixtures. Hardwood floors seem to go with everything as do tiled floors. Beware of tile floors, though, as they can be slippery if you spill any liquid on them. 

Improve your appliances

When improving your kitchen, it is always a good idea to see if you can improve your appliances. Appliances can look out of place if they do not match the rest of the kitchen. Replacing your appliances can be expensive so be sure to have them last on your itemized budget. 

Put a little of you into the kitchen

This tip is for those who are looking to improve their kitchen without selling it; make it your own. If you want bright curtains, do it. If you want certain types of cabinets installed, call a contractor and have it done. See a kitchen trend you like? Implement it.

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