Are you remodeling your kitchen? If so, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Perhaps you’re fully reimagining the heart of your home, or perhaps you just want to make a few simple changes so your kitchen looks like it belongs in the 21st century. Either way, improving your kitchen is a good way to add more space and boost the value of your home at the same time. If you’re wondering what you should absolutely include in your remodel project, here are four ideas to inspire you and help you get started with your planning.

Add In A Kitchen Island

If your kitchen has enough space, you should definitely consider adding in a kitchen island. They are so useful and multifunctional that you’re sure to wonder how you ever managed without one before. One of the top features that house buyers look for when viewing a new property, kitchen islands add valuable additional space for cooking, storage and dining, and there are many ways in which you can fit one into your available space. If you have a very large kitchen, you can have an extensive island space which can serve multiple functions. While one end can serve as a dining space with high bar stools, you can add a cooking hob and plenty of storage space for a convenient space-saving solution. Many people even add appliances into their kitchen island, with built-in freezers and refrigerators or ovens and dishwashers.

Many people think that kitchen islands are only for people who have very large kitchens, however you might be surprised to learn that in fact you can fit an island into even a relatively small space. Kitchen islands don’t need to be huge to be highly functional. They can still be used as a valuable dining space or filled with drawers and cabinets to maximize your storage.

Invest In Storage Solutions

Whether you decide to go for the option of a kitchen island or not, finding inventive ways to increase your storage is often essential in today’s modern kitchens. All too often, contemporary kitchens don’t contain enough cabinets or drawers to store all of the essentials that households need. If you’re lacking places to put all your glassware, flatware, cutlery and cooking equipment, there are plenty of unusual storage options that you might want to consider that can make all the difference.

Floating shelves are a great option. Not only do they look really stylish but they are a useful way of reducing all that clutter that is in your kitchen cabinets. Because they can be installed on the walls at a range of levels, they are a brilliant way of maximizing your vertical space in your room while leaving your floor space clear for you to walk around.

Pull out pantries are another great solution if you want to leverage more space with no need to dig through drawers and bins to find what you’re looking for. They’re a stylish and convenient option that will never go out of style and which will add a lot of value to your home.

How about hanging storage? Even if you have a very compact kitchen, hooks from the ceiling and over your oven can increase your storage capacity for pots, pans and cooking utensils. Why not put some hooks on your cabinet doors or on shelving units to hang your cups and mugs too? It’ll create a focal point while also improving the organization of your kitchen.

Add A Backsplash

Even if you already have a backsplash, you can probably do with giving it a revamp. They’re one of the simplest and yet most eye-catching ways to make a big difference to your kitchen’s style. Tiles are the perfect choice for a backsplash, but if you’re on a budget there are plenty of vinyl wall tiles which look like ceramic versions but at a fraction of the cost. You can put decals on the odd tile or two to create a feature or add regularly spaced colored tiles in a plain white backsplash for a little extra accent. It’s the perfect way to brighten up the space without breaking the bank.

Going Green

When you’re remodeling your kitchen, it’s the right time to think about the best ways to improve your energy usage and how to make your space more eco-friendly. Why not consider adding in some energy star rated appliances to save energy and add recycling and composting bins so you can reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfill. Adding plants not only brightens the space but also keeps the air clean and clear while also bringing the outdoors indoors which is good for your health and also good for the appearance of this most important room of your home.