Figuring out what you want to do is one of the toughest parts of the kitchen remodeling process. There is nothing wrong with sticking to tried and true renovation ideas like replacing the counter, cabinets, appliances, and flooring. However, you might want to do more than refresh and update the kitchen.
Where do you get ideas, though? People who want to compile ideas for their remodels often use these four sources.
Neighbors, Friends, and Family Members
The world of style is dominated by folks who steal ideas so don't feel bad about following the trend. If you see something in the home of a neighbor, friend, or family member, there's nothing wrong with unabashedly using the idea. This is especially true in terms of functionality since a good practical solution like knocking out a wall and replacing it with a serving counter is still highly adaptable in terms of style choices.
If you're worried that others will see it as stealing their ideas, you can also treat things as spiritual inspirations. You don't have to make a one-for-one copy of someone's kitchen cabinets, for example. If they have a Tuscan-style kitchen with wooden cabinets, you can use the general inspiration rather than outright copying the look.
Setting up your kitchen remodeling budget can do a lot to help you narrow in on ideas. Foremost, it can eliminate some ideas that might blow a hole in your financing. Secondly, the challenge of making an idea fit into your budget can get the creative juices going. A family trying to squeeze the last dollar out of the budget for a countertop, for example, might discover something they love in quartz or butcher block once they quit focusing on other options.
Finally, it's a good idea to think broadly about stylistic traditions. You can incorporate or eliminate ideas quickly by comparing styles. A person who hates modernist kitchens, for example, can turn their focus to more traditional ideas. From there, stylistic choices should begin to fall into place.
You are going to be working with kitchen remodeling contractors on your project anyhow. Why not use their experience as a source of ideas? Contractors have seen what's trending lately, and they can be invaluable in telling you whether something is coming into or going out of style. Likewise, they have seen your neighbor's places and can tell you what's being overdone.
Also, use a contractor's kitchen remodeling portfolio as an idea source. If you see a kitchen island on their website that you love, for example, embrace the idea.
Contact a kitchen remodeling contractor to learn more.