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Add new hardwood floors in the kitchen, and the rest will follow

May 01, 2014

Hardwood FlooringAre your kitchen appliances looking out of date? Is there a mismatch between counters, cabinets and floors? Not every kitchen upgrade has to be a major overhaul. By making one major change, like the installation of hickory hardwood flooring from Anderson's Eagle Lodge Collection, you've begun the impetus for a new look in the heart of the home.

Eagle Lodge floors are a good example of how wood floors can set a rich, warm tone in a kitchen. The variegated wood tones add a subtle texture unexpected in a product that's as well known for its durability. The collection is made of engineered wood, which is ideal for high-traffic areas like the kitchen because they're created from cross-ply planks and a tough finish that resist indentations and normal wear and tear. Engineered hardwood floors also requires less maintenance because of their durability.

Consider updated appliances
As the main activity center of a house having lots of devices that are used continuously, kitchens tend to get worn down faster than most rooms.

Once the floors are taken care of, it's time to look around at other features that can be upgraded. If your appliances are old, for instance, you'll save money in the long run by replacing them with up-do-date, energy-efficient models that can lower your utility bills. But if that isn't in the budget, Apartment Therapy suggested using appliance paint in neutral colors or a stainless steel finish will do the trick.

If buying big-ticket items isn't feasible, you can also take stock of the small appliances that clutter many kitchens. Find ways to clear them from the counter work space by attaching them under cabinets or placing them on roll-out shelves, which make it easier to put things away and take them out again.

Tackle cabinets and walls
Painting is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to give a room design new life. In the kitchen, there's not much wall space because cabinetry and backsplashes cover most of it. That gives homeowners the freedom to use bold colors on kitchen walls because there won't be enough showing to risk overpowering the whole room.

According to This Old House magazine, non-wood cabinets can benefit from a new paint job as well. Those made from wood can be painted or stripped down to the natural state and refinished to match the wood floors. In either case, the effect will be pervasive because one of the things that predominates in most kitchens is the large expanse of cabinetry.