After watching a plethora of interior design shows on the various lifestyle channels, we all know that the biggest return on investment for your home renovation is in the kitchen and bathroom. The industry is buzzing with activity as home owners are caught in the flourishing real estate market. After speaking with your realtor for advice, you may discover that now is the time to undergo a major renovation. However, if this isn’t the case, and a large renovation isn’t currently in the cards, there are still many small things that you can do to your kitchen and bath to give it a facelift.

Change the Hardware: Replacing the knobs/handles on your cabinetry, towel bars, TP holders in a more contemporary finish can be a simple update that won’t break the bank. Try going with a different finish, or style than you currently have.

Create Functional Storage: Adding roll out shelves and trays to your existing cabinetry can make reaching the back items and organizing cans and boxes of food a breeze. There are various after market products that can be added to your current cabinetry.

Replace only the upper cabinets in the kitchen: There is much wasted space if your cabinetry currently doesn’t reach up to the ceiling. It may be above your reach, and higher than you would use on a day-to-day basis, but it provides extra storage for those items that you don’t use often, like seasonal or special occasion items for entertaining. It also draws the eye up, and makes your room feel larger. This is also an opportunity to add a couple of design features to your space by inserting glass in a few doors, or going with a contrasting colour to the base cabinetry.

Add a splash with a new backsplash: A tile backsplash can be a great place to add personality and pizzazz to the room. Try using tiles with a punch of colour or interesting shapes to add polish to the space. A room looks more finished and high end when the backsplash is tiled. (It is also easier to clean!)

Switch out the counter top: Counter top is one of the biggest selling features in a kitchen or bathroom. Buyers are looking for stone these days. There are many products on the market in various price points to accomplish this. Go for something neutral in colour, as it can be a larger ticket item to replace.

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