Well, how did it go? Did your kitchen, bathroom, and living room pass the test? The countless judgmental eyes of friends and family didn’t bat even a single lash at your older than new home decorations and fixtures? You would be in the minority, my friend, if someone during the holidays didn’t say SOMETHING about the countertop material, cabinet color, rug color, fireplace color, kitchen tile choice, tub design, and any other element of your home that is ripe for evaluation.
Perhaps it could be some sort of resolution. A resolution to stop hoarding home fixtures of years past. If you feel a new countertop of cabinet is feasible, than it very well might be. It can also be the time to update things like lighting, the paint or wallpaper covering your walls – really give your home a television-style makeover. You have it in you.
Take a look at the options at hand for countertops:
Granite – Durable, elegant, comes in a variety of colors. Not porous, holds up to stains and heat. A very fashionable choice, and one that has been popular long before you knew what countertops were, and will be long after you’ve moved on.
Marble – Classic, sturdy, and very attractive. Also quite expensive. Marble can become somewhat porous and erodes faster than granite. A very luxurious option, indeed.
Soapstone – Has a very natural look and can instantly upgrade your kitchen, but it is also quite porous and not very durable compared to its stone counterparts on the countertop market.
Wood – Want to have a chef-like kitchen? Well, this is a good choice, but what it also is is not very durable. It allows water in and does not hold up well to heat or scratching.
Stainless Steel – Very modern looking. Also very industrial looking. This is an easily scratchable, but otherwise very durable material. Won’t shout ‘rustic’ or ‘homey’ though.
Linoleum – Do you have it? If so, it’s time for it to go. Very popular as a budget choice for years, but better options are out there both from a looks standpoint and a durablity standpoint.
What about cabinet options?
Classic molded wood – This is what you are probably most used to seeing. The quality of these cabinets greatly vary, based upon the type of wood, the intricacy of the molding, and the scale of your renovation. This is a classic look that goes with just about any style of kitchen.
Modern Flat Wood – Capture all the elegance of a wooden cabinet with the modern inflections a flat face, perhaps metal handled, cabinet can offer. Works well with brushed nickel and chrome appliances and fixtures. A clean look.
Metal – Industrial or modern? It depends on how you spin it. Some people might choose a more maritime, galley-like appearance while other would, and more prominently, choose a metal door with a frosted or clear window. Certainly on the cutting edge.
Plastic – Not exactly what you think. Many people opt for the ultra-modern, glossy plastic finish. This can come in a wide variety of colors, so having a creative mind when decorating can really come into play when choosing a colorful plastic based cabinet.
Glass Doored – A cabinet option that seems to be gaining popularity with each passing year. A frosted or clear blass window on a cabinet door, whether it be wooden or metal, allows for a very open feel, liberating the dishes and appliances trapped inside. It’s a choice worth making, if you won’t grow tired of it.
So look around you! Are you in need of a change. You never know when the home remodeling bug will finally hit.