If you do wish to install new floors or you don’t have the option of refinishing wood, you can select an updated flooring material from vast and varied options, including bamboo, cork, ceramic, and engineered or solid hardwood. Linoleum today is likely different than your perception of the popular choice of the 1950s. Now, it’s an environmentally conscious choice, composed of linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, tree resins, ground limestone and pigments. A more unconventional, yet highly flexible possibility, is concrete. Concrete flooring is an indoor material that you may not have considered. It can be polished, stained, stamped, colored, stenciled, and heated. Go to concretenetwork.com for examples of how it can be used.
Lighting can easily appear outdated and it is a simple and quick fix to update. Change out existing fixtures with contemporary alternatives or add a fixture where none existed before. To provide adequate illumination, lighting should appear in three ways: ambient, task, and accent. If these three areas are not represented in your kitchen, this may be contributing to a dark and dreary appearance. Well-placed task lighting is essential to a high-functioning cook’s kitchen. Track, pendant, or recessed lighting is a good choice over workstations, such as with cooking and prepping areas. Coordinating new lighting adds another bright layer to help update your space.
Another idea is to install a new backsplash, a job that is relatively low cost but that provides a powerful focal point. Some backsplash choices include slate, glass, beadboard, stainless steel, ceramic tile, tin tiles, and marble. Two materials can be incorporated offering not only artistic visual appeal, but also creating a separation of task spaces. Complement the current look of your kitchen by selecting classic and timeless marble, or pair eco-friendly recycled glass tile with your contemporary stainless appliances.
Whether you opt for a few or many layers to your update, refreshing and rejuvenating your current kitchen will provide the inspirational surroundings that can bring new life to your cooking approach.