Now that our holiday decorations are put away and the kids are back in school, you may have a little breathing room to begin planning for the next busy season: Graduation Season! Graduation season is a great general term for all those springtime “rite of passage” events that we celebrate with family and friends such as First Communion, Sweet Sixteen, Bar Mitzvah – including, of course, High School Graduation.
Although it’s an incredibly exciting time, it does take some work to plan and prepare for these events. As you look around your home, you might wonder if there are things you can do now to have your home in tip-top shape for the festivities. Because the kitchen is the “heart of the home,” we consider any transformation to your kitchen to be “high impact!” It will get noticed, and you will be proud of your new space – on the day of your celebration and well beyond.
Kitchen projects can have a wide-ranging scope. In this blog post, we simplify the possibilities down to three general types of projects. You can determine the appropriate scope for your project. Remember – sometimes all you need is an upcoming event to get a project going. Your professional design team at Mingle will keep your project stress-free and on track so you can savor this special time.
The first way to give your home a quick refresh for graduation is to update a few high-visibility items such as accessories, furnishings, cabinet hardware and decorative lighting.
Some of the easiest and least expensive updates involve accessories such as new throw pillows or new rugs. Add pops of a vibrant color for surprise and excitement. Fresh paint or new wallpaper can also have a dramatic effect on your spaces, and is relatively inexpensive.
Cabinet hardware is often called the “jewelry” of the home. This update is easy to do yourself. Today’s homes integrate many different metal finishes, so don’t be afraid to replace some polished brass with brushed brass, or swap out some chrome for polished nickel or oil rubbed bronze.
Update your decorative lighting. Styles of kitchen pendants and chandeliers have changed over the years, and a small investment in new lighting can infuse your space with an entirely new vibe.
The second way to have your kitchen refreshed for graduation season is to work with a Mingle Kitchen and Bath Refresh Specialist. Our Refresh Specialists work with clients who don’t want to start from the ground up, but still want to update their space. Common elements that are refreshed are countertops, tile, plumbing and even bathroom vanities and shower doors.
Countertops can be easily changed to give your kitchen a fresh, clean look. There are many types of easy-care surfaces to choose from, at a variety of price points. Quartz-based products such as Silestone, Caesarstone and Cambria are a very popular alternative to granite and are becoming increasingly affordable. Keep in mind that not all kitchen surfaces have to be the same. You can fool your guests into thinking you remodeled your entire kitchen, when all you did was replace a countertop!
For some homes, a kitchen remodel may be the most practical option to get ready for graduation season. If you plan to stay in your home for several more years, you might want to take this opportunity to jump in with both feet. Your Mingle kitchen and bath designer will guide you through the decision-making process so that you achieve your design goals, stay on budget, and have a beautiful new space in time for your spring events.
But time is of the essence! Make an appointment with a Mingle kitchen and bath designer to discuss your ideas and begin the design process. Your design professional will lay out the proposed project schedule and help you decide if the time is right for a remodel. Regardless of the scope of your project, your Mingle designer will have great ideas to help you make your space shine this spring.