It’s 2020! Now is the time to follow suit with the adage of out with the old, and in with the new—especially when it comes to a kitchen remodel. If you’re considering a kitchen renovation this year, check out our helpful list of tips to ensure you do things right! These six ideas are the perfect way to help freshen up the look of a tired kitchen.

1. Make Sure Walkways are Wide Enough
It’s easy to get carried away with thoughts about your cabinetry and appliances, but you also need to make sure you’re measurements are right. All walkways should be at least 36 inches wide to ensure you’ll be able to comfortably move around the kitchen. Make walkways 42-48 inches wide in areas where you’ll be cooking, such as in front of the stove or island.

2. Plan Your Corners Wisely
Many kitchen corners are purely wasted space. The cupboards don’t fully function, the doors don’t open, and appliances don’t fit in these cramped quarters. Make the most of your kitchen corners by designing a useful corner cabinet and by leaving enough space for all doors to open freely at the same time. You can also install outlets in the corners so you can discreetly store your toaster and other small appliances inside.

3. Include Landing Space
A landing space is an extra 15 inches or so of counter space that allows you to put mixing bowls, dishes, or ingredients to the side while you’re in the middle of cooking. It’s vital to plan your landing spaces near the sink, oven, and microwave—otherwise, you’ll be full of regrets when you realize you don’t have any convenient spot to put your supplies.

4. Designate a Spot for Knives
A quality set of knives is at the heart of any cook’s kitchen. Make sure you have the perfect place to put them by designating a spot for knife storage in the design of your space. Plan a knife block drawer or magnetic strip that’s easy to access while you’re chopping away.

5. Hide the Garbage and Recycling
No one really gets excited when thinking about kitchen garbage can placement, but it’s important to consider where you’ll put yours when you’re making remodel plans. Since you’re in charge, you can put the garbage can in a hidden spot that won’t be an eyesore for guests. Make sure to put it in a practical spot close to the action so you’ll be able to quickly toss foods and packaging in as you cook.

6. Choose a Stunning Focal Point
The most impressive kitchens have a focal point that naturally draws you in. The focal point might be a bold kitchen range, contrasting cabinetry, or a fun backsplash. Just make sure these elements aren’t competing for attention, or else the kitchen will look too busy.

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