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The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where your family and friends cook, connect, and enjoy meals together. So why not ensure it’s an inviting and functional space? If you’re considering doing some upgrades, Tremblay Renovation is known for our quality kitchen renovations in the Ottawa area. We work within your budget to help execute your dream room. With that said, we also know some key cost-effective kitchen update ideas that won’t break the bank but still make this room feel like a whole new space. Let’s look at these in detail:

Add a Colourful Backsplash

Tiles are a beautiful and practical addition to any kitchen, and they are also reasonably priced. From a practical point of view, tiles can be put along the countertop to protect the walls from any water or messes that may occur. From a visual perspective, tiles also provide an opportunity for you to exhibit your individuality since the final design is completely up to you. The options are almost limitless!

While a monochromatic kitchen is a great conceptual idea, a coloured backsplash is a unique feature that makes your space stand out from the rest. Alternatively, you could opt for a one-piece backsplash that’s quartz or Muraluxe for a clean and seamless look. 

Paint or Refinish Cabinetry

Cabinets can be the most expensive part of a kitchen reno, especially if they are custom-made. Get the most out of the ones you have by reimagining their colour or shade. An instant paint refresh means you can change up the colour scheme of your space with ease. If your cupboard doors are made of solid wood, you can strip them down and refinish them with a new coat of stain or varnish. This is a great option for homeowners who love the look of wood but aren’t fans of the current shade they have in their kitchen.

Switch Up Hardware

The hardware on your cabinetry may seem like a small detail, but it’s these focal points that make all the difference. Try playing around with different samples of metals, or look at adding uniqueness with contrasting colours or one-of-a-kind shapes. If your kitchen is cool-toned, incorporating colours like white, powder blue, gray, rich gold, or rose gold will look stunning!

Fit a New Countertop

Perhaps the most effective approach to updating a kitchen’s appearance, other than repainting it, is to replace a weary or out-of-date counter with a more contemporary style. If you’re keeping your existing layout, the measurement will be easy to calculate, and most materials screw in place. With a little silicone sealant and the odd finishing joint, this is a simple upgrade you won’t want to skip over.

Refresh the Sink

If you are installing a new countertop, it may be a good idea to replace the sink simultaneously. Even a low-cost sink will seem gleaming compared to a tried, lackluster chrome sink when installed. It’s a functional piece that can help bring the whole room together and is typically easy to install. Best to leave this to the professionals to ensure pipes and other elements are updated and replaced properly.

Invest in New Lighting

Modern kitchen.

Lighting floods your kitchen with a warm, bright glow, and the fixtures this light comes from are just as important as other details. If you have a dining area in the kitchen, consider changing the decorative light fixture. If you’re looking to add modern lighting, consider recessed lighting along the cabinets. Consider the overall visual aesthetics of your kitchen when choosing these fixtures, as they can really bring the room together.

Select a Complementary Laminate Flooring

Installing a laminate floor in your kitchen is a cost-effective solution to improve the appearance and bring the full look together. It is simple to maintain this type of flooring and keep it clean since it is naturally water-resistant. Consider a darker option if your kitchen is prone to spills or plenty of messes, as these won’t hold onto stains like lighter choices. 

Trust Us With Your Kitchen Reno

A gloomy kitchen can make a neat, tidy home seem incomplete. But with a few simple improvements, it can be transformed into a space where you want to spend all of your time, not to mention significantly increase the value of your property.

At Tremblay Renovation, we are proud to be a leader in home renovations in Ottawa, with more than three decades of experience under our belts. If you’re looking for expert advice on upgrades for your kitchen, we’re happy to help. Schedule a home design consultation with our professionals today.






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Bryan Tremblay is the proud owner of Tremblay Renovation Inc. since 1989. Bryan was born in northern Ontario in a small French community, and he is proud to offer his services in both French and English. Being from the North, Bryan loves to spend time in nature. After moving away from the North, he needed a place to do just that. So he built a cottage for his family and friends from scratch; That is where he spends most of his weekends.

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