When remodeling a home, it’s easy to get carried away with ideas galore of how you want to craft each aspect of a room. As much as we’d love to re-create our ideal HGTV dwellings, our budget is often quick to bring us back down to earth. But that doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish the projects you hope to — it means that you must do so deliberately. Let this list serve as a guide on where to splurge and where to save during a home remodel.
Lighting is perhaps one of the most crucial design elements of any room as it is known to affect mood, perception of space, and much more. And since kitchens are, by nature, one of the most high-traffic areas of a home, achieving a functional and desirable ambiance is key. To do so, indulge in variations of lighting, including decorative lighting fixtures, strip led lights for use as recessed lighting, and even under-cabinet lighting.
To make the most out of this splurge, incorporate smart lighting options such as LED light bulbs or automated lighting control devices. For instance, the Google Smart Light Starter Kit allows you brighten, lower, and turn on and off lights by simply using your voice. Starter systems range from $50 to $200 but can turn out an average savings of $75 annually.