Although kitchens and bathrooms can often be the most costly rooms to remodel, they are often the rooms where we spend most of our time. While renovating a kitchen or bathroom might seem like an overwhelming project, it can be the most rewarding.
Replace outdated hardware
While it might not be the main attraction in your kitchen or bathroom, cabinet knobs, drawer handles, and towel racks can add a rich, polished look to any room. For bathrooms, Restoration Hardware's Spritz Collection is sleek and solid adding elegance to otherwise bare cabinetry. For hardware that won't go out of style, look for something with a satin nickel or rubbed bronze finish.
Refresh your rug
We use our kitchens and bathrooms every day and, as a result, the rugs we have on the floors usually see more traffic than those in other rooms of the house. For bathrooms, the Pottery Barn offers plush rugs in a wide range of colors to suit any style.
If your bathroom colors are neutral, opt for a darker rug that will mask splashes and stains and hold up better than its lighter colored counterpart. In the kitchen, look for a mat to place underneath your sink or where you do meal preparation that will be functional as well as stylish.
A Wellness Kitchen Mat from Napa Style is a decorative way to make cooking more comfortable—the mats create extra cushioning and help reduce joint impact and promote better posture when standing for long periods of time.
Add a backsplash
Once meant only for function, kitchen and bath backsplashes are a colorful way to brighten a busy area in your home. You can use just about any material for your backsplash including concrete, natural stone, metals, mosaics, glass, and ceramics. Protect the walls over your bathroom sink from toothbrush splatter with ceramic tiles. If you'd rather opt for a more personalized look, hand-painting your tiles is the perfect way to ensure that your tiles won't look exactly like your neighbor's.
If toiletries are cluttering your bathroom vanity, and you can barely find your kitchen sink under layers of clutter on the counter, it might be time to create some storage space out of sight. New York architect Oreste Drapaca, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Designing Your Own Home," told HGTV.com to "Think drawers, not doors" when designing custom cabinetry. In a kitchen, cabinets with large drawers for plates, cookware, and small appliances allow you to see and retrieve contents without having to duck or crawl for the supplies you need.