(BPT) - As the hardest-working room in your home, it's no wonder that so many people want to renovate their kitchens. A smart, stylish refresh doesn't just transform the space; it can influence the look and feel of the entire home.

Such an important and influential project can often be a bit overwhelming. Wish you knew how design experts tackle kitchen renovations to create timeless looks that you'll love for years to come? Now you can, with top kitchen redesign tips from renowned interior designer and LG STUDIO Artistic Advisor, Nate Berkus.

Add visual interest by blending textures and materials

A timeless aesthetic combines warmth with sophistication and a little edge. One of my go-to ways to achieve this is to select materials and textures that balance those needs. Things like ceramic floors, granite countertops, a subway tile backsplash, herringbone wood floors, black stainless-steel appliances and vintage accents are a great way to create texture and movement that never feel boring.

Invest in appliances that will go the distance

The refrigerator may be the workhorse of the kitchen, but that doesn't mean it can't be a stylish element, too. New finishes like black stainless steel, which is featured on the latest appliances from LG STUDIO, elevate the traditional stainless-steel look with a satin-smooth finish for a look that is both timeless and modern. I love the InstaVew(TM) Refrigerator - it is the full package, featuring a pro-style design, the warmth of black stainless steel with the innovation of the InstaView feature. Simply knock twice on the glass panel to see what's inside without opening the door.

Stay on budget by painting cabinets a fresh color

My No. 1 tip always for keeping costs down in a kitchen renovation? Repaint existing cabinets rather than replace them. An inspired paint choice will give worn kitchen cabinets a new lease on life. As for the splurge? Invest in the best appliances you can afford. Like the super chic, high-performance appliances from LG STUDIO that I helped inspire the design of.

Don't be afraid to mix metals!

When updating kitchens, homeowners often think they need to match the various metals throughout the space. However, mixing metals adds visual interest and brings personality to a space. For example, pair metal cabinet fronts with brass handles and sleek black stainless steel appliances to create a handsome combination.

Layer patterns and use neutrals for timeless sophistication

Neutrals like ivories, taupes and grays are always a safe bet and an easy way to ensure a high level of sophistication in the kitchen. I like to use neutrals while layering classic patterns and architectural details, like tone-on-tone prints and crown molding, to bring in texture while maintaining a clean, pared-down look.

Add outdoor fabrics strategically to indoor spaces

A successful kitchen renovation won't only look good, but it will also increase functionality. I recommend selecting materials that are as hardworking as they are good looking. One trick is to use outdoor fabrics indoors. These durable fabrics combat the wear and tear of high-use spaces, but still feel luxe!

For additional design inspiration, visit the Virtual Designer online tool. Users can experiment with some of Nate's favorite styles and appliance combinations to create their perfect kitchen, down to the cabinets, backsplash, countertops, floors and wall color.