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Eight Inexpensive Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen

A modern kitchen with blue cabinetry and open shelving.

Whether you are hoping to increase the value of your home or simply want to rid yourself of an outdated eyesore, upgrading your kitchen is an excellent option for any homeowner. Contrary to popular belief, upgrades don’t have to break the bank or be life-altering changes.

In the case of your kitchen, there are plenty of ways to make inexpensive changes that boost the appearance of your home and may help you reach a higher price tag when it comes time to sell. Below are a few options for upgrades under $100 that make a huge splash!

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When is the Best Time to Update a Kitchen?

A kitchen that has been updated with new gray cabinetry and backsplash.

A home reflects the type of lifestyle it houses. The kitchen in a house with kids will be very different from the one used by a single person or empty nesters, and this will often lead to design decisions for the space.

If you are looking to sell, the consensus among real estate experts is that kitchen updates are important at some point before selling. What if you’re planning on staying in the house for a decade or more? It still may make sense to make them part of a renovation project rather than doing minor touch-ups here and there.

The best time to update a kitchen space can vary depending on your circumstances. However, there are some general guidelines that you can follow to help make the process easier.

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Stove Shopping: Gas vs. Electric

A kitchen with a new stove next to blue cabinets.

As any homeowner will tell you, there’s more to a home than meets the eye. One decision on the horizon is choosing between gas and electric. If appliance choices have got you feeling the heat, know that it’s easier than you think. Here are a few pointers on choosing the right stove for your needs.

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Designing the Perfect Breakfast Nook

Are you in the process of designing your dream home or looking at renovating your current space? Chances are the biggest options or decisions you have to face during the design process are focused on your kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of your home and oftentimes is a big undertaking from cabinets, countertops, appliances and more. Something you might want to consider is a breakfast nook. These unique and cozy gathering spots are a great addition to your kitchen. Here are some tips to creating the perfect breakfast nook for your dream kitchen.

Seating

It may not seem like a big decision, but the type of seating you choose can make or break your breakfast nook. Of course, you want the area to be functional and cohesive with the rest of the home, but it also should be comfortable! This space is meant to be a gathering spot not only for breakfast time but for after school homework or a good coffee chat during a Sunday afternoon. Since a “nook” is meant to be made out of a corner or small space, it often includes benches. But you can always add a large dining chair on the end if you want seating other than benches. When it comes to bench or chair coverings, check out different materials and textures to see the right combination of color, comfort and utility.

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Kitchen Trends That are Here to Stay

Whether you want inspiration to revamp your kitchen (and do it right!) or simply learn about what’s the most up-and-coming in the realm of kitchen design, we’ve got you covered.

There are many kitchen design trends that spring up each year, but here we dive deep into the top four ones that are very much here to stay.

Kitchen Islands

Breakfast bars and kitchen islands are not a new trend, but they’re surely here to stay. These provide a cozy spot for quick and casual dining and can also serve as a workplace with storage.

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