Low-Maintenance Materials for Your Kitchen Makeover
Whether you’re making over your kitchen for your own enjoyment or are readying your house for the real estate market, it makes sense to seek out low-maintenance materials that look great but aren’t overly fussy when it comes to their care. After all, when you don’t have to spend half your afternoon cleaning grout, you can perfect your meatballs or enjoy a smoothie while marveling at your brand-new kitchen.
In the world of countertops, granite counters are still popular, but quartz is proving to be a hot trend with staying power. While granite counters are durable and easy to maintain, they do still need to be resealed periodically–usually once a year. Quartz counters, on the other hand, do not need to maintain a protective seal and offer the same durability to homeowners. Quartz counters are resistant to stains and is just as resistant to heat, cuts, and scratches as granite.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance kitchen floor, you might want to consider vinyl. Today’s vinyl flooring comes in a dizzying array of styles, patterns, and colors. High-end vinyl floors are dazzling designers and proving that they aren’t at all demanding in the care department. It’s tough, resists cuts and scratches, and can simply be wiped clean. Unlike stone, brick, concrete, and other options, vinyl doesn’t need to be resealed. If you fancy hardwood but don’t want to worry about its care, there are plenty of vinyl flooring options that beautifully mimic the look of hardwood.
Whether you select wood, plywood, or laminate for your kitchen cabinets, you’ll want to opt for a flush design to ensure cleaning ease. Forget the trim or moldings for your easy-to-clean cabinets. Plus, a flush design will give your kitchen a fresh, contemporary look that’s perfect for a makeover.
When it comes to kitchen walls, paint is an easy-to-maintain option. For the kitchen, however, you’ll want to select a high-quality paint that can be scrubbed. A high-end paint may cost more, but you may not need much considering that your cabinets will take up a lot of wall space. Wallpaper in a kitchen tends to be difficult to keep clean and may suffer from moisture-related problems (from cooking steam) like curling or peeling.
Draperies in the kitchen may require frequent laundering, which makes them a fussy choice when it comes to window treatments. Shutters are a low-maintenance option that are easy to clean and also come in various styles to suit your décor. In fact, vinyl shutters are a hot alternative to shades that are easy to care for and look great in any kitchen.
One thing is certain: you don’t have to sacrifice anything in the looks department to have a low-maintenance kitchen. Today’s low-maintenance materials can actually enhance the overall functionality of your kitchen too. Be sure to consider materials selection carefully when you plan your kitchen makeover. We can help you address any concerns you have about specific materials when you consult with us. We can also help you source the materials you want to include in your renovation.