Spring and summer are the high season for home sales and purchases – and homes for sale in  Kansas City are in high demand.

If you’re considering selling your home or have just purchased one, a complete remodel may not be necessary, especially if your floor plan functions well. Think about a space refresh instead – it can have a huge impact on the comfort, appeal and value of your home.

In this blog, Design Connection, Inc. showcases some of our favorite projects and tips for updating your home without changing the floor plan.

Kitchen Refresh: Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are often one of the most expensive elements of a kitchen remodel, because they make up most of the physical and visual space in a kitchen. If your cabinets are in good condition and the layout works, painting them is an excellent option, whether you’re moving out or moving in.

Our client purchased this city condo as a second home to visit family. The kitchen layout worked well, but the cabinetry was dark expresso, which made the space look and feel stark.

We gave the cabinets a facelift with paint in a rich shade of mocha, and replaced the outdated hardware with matte gold hardware. Combined with the pendant lighting, this kitchen now glows with inviting warmth!

Dining Room Update: Walls and Trim 

With floral wallpaper and heavy-looking wood trim, it’s a challenge to see this dining room’s good bones.

What a difference trim and wall color make! Even before placing the new furniture, it’s hard to believe this is the same room. With new trim and wall paint, this room now exudes elegance! We painted the trim white and coated the walls with a soothing gray – the perfect backdrop for navy accents.

Great Room Transformation: Feature Wall 

Here’s an example of a no-demo, high impact fix for a feature wall with bookshelves and a fireplace. The original oak finish and brick fireplace dominated the wall, obscuring the display potential of the bookcases and the beauty of the room.

Design Connection, Inc. painted the bookshelves and the brick fireplace in a creamy white to anchor the room and allow the artful arrangement of accessories and mementos to shine. Adding the mantle in a deep walnut brings a touch of contrast. Removing the brass fireplace doors augments the cohesiveness of this area. Who wouldn’t want to spend time in this room!

Fireplace Conversions: Tile and Tone

Fresh, options abound within existing floor plans. This fireplace was one of those spaces. The wood frame and mantel and large square tile surround evoked a dated feel.

Clean lines plus crisp white equal a more contemporary style! Design Connection, Inc. painted the frame white. The fireplace surround lends a transitional vibe with a mosaic tile in a mix of rich blue-gray tones.

Another example of how paint and tile can totally change the feel of a space. The impact of this fireplace with cabinetry was a lost opportunity in this seating area.

Updated with a soft taupe paint, the room immediately brightens. Changing out the fireplace tiles for mosaic tiles in tones of taupe transformed the fireplace into a focal point for the space.

Master Bath: Enlightened Original Footprint

Like kitchens, master baths are key areas for both pre-sale and post-sale home updates. The footprint of this master bath worked. But the brown cabinets with chrome hardware, while in good shape, didn’t work.

We refreshed the cabinets with off-white paint and finished them with matte gold hardware. The original sconces feel fresh and updated with new lampshades.

Ready to take your home to the next level? Whether you’re preparing to sell, have just bought a home, or are ready to transform your current home, Design Connection, Inc. offers expert design services and fresh ideas to complement your lifestyle.

We are currently scheduling design projects for fall 2021/winter 2022. Contact us for a consultation – we would love to help!

Our best to you all,

Arlene Ladegaard and the Design Connection, Inc. Team


We don’t design for what’s next. We design for what lasts.

To see more projects, view the Design Connection, Inc. portfolio HERE – and on HOUZZ