If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, here are some current trends to consider. Whether you have just purchased your home and want to update the kitchen, or whether you are looking to you’re your home in the future, you should consider the long-term resale value of any updates you undertake in the kitchen.
Most home buyers are looking for homes that are updated, because simply put, they don’t want to do the work of updating. Therefore, if one of the most important rooms isn’t updated (the other is the master bathroom), many potential buyers will start adding up the cost to update the kitchen, at minimum, and may not offer as much for your home down the line.
Therefore, if you are considering updating your home to maximize the sales price, as well as to compete with similar homes in your neighborhood, here are some design trends to consider:
1) Paint. Painting your kitchen in a soft, neutral color, especially if it hasn’t been painted in the past five years, is a simple, inexpensive and quick way to update this area of your home. Be sure to pick a color that will appeal to the widest range of buyers, and that will coordinate with your existing cabinets, countertops and appliances.
2) Stainless Steel Appliances. Buyers still want stainless steel appliances, and this trend isn’t likely to change anytime soon. After paint, updating your appliances is another cost-effective, yet simple way to quickly update your kitchen. Black stainless steel is quickly gaining momentum as being on trend in kitchen appliances as well, so you may want to consider this color if it coordinates with your existing cabinets and countertops (ie, whites and grays rather than browns and beiges).
3) Flooring. After paint and appliances, take a look at the flooring in your kitchen. Buyers prefer tile or other hard flooring in the kitchen. Eighteen-inch porcelain or ceramic tiles in neutral colors are relatively inexpensive, yet provide a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to updating the look of your kitchen. While hardwood flooring is always in style, it’s not a favorite in kitchens due to potential issues with water damage. Wide plank porcelain tiles are absolutely on trend, especially in larger dimensions (for example, 12 by 24 inches).
4) Countertops. Non-laminate countertops in kitchens are very important to buyers in today’s market. Granite or quartz countertops in the kitchen are upgrades that will quickly update the look and style of your kitchen, and because they are very low-maintenance, they will stay popular. There are various levels (or pricing) of granite, and I would be happy to suggest which level of granite would be appropriate for the price range of your home as you don’t want to price yourself out of the future resale market.
5) Cabinets. Assuming you’ve already implemented the above updates, when it comes to prioritizing updates in the kitchen, the last piece of the puzzle is updating your cabinets. Depending on the type of wood and the style of cabinet you currently have, simply painting or refinishing your cabinets may do the trick. If the interiors of your cabinets are in good condition but the style of the doors is not current, re-facing may be a better option to update your cabinets. With re-facing, the doors and drawer fronts will be removed, and they can be replaced with any style or finish. A finished wood veneer will be affixed to the cabinet sides, and new knobs and handles can complete the updated look. White and gray colored cabinetry are more updated and on trend than maple or blond cabinetry. A current trend with cabinetry is contrasting the colors of cabinetry with one color of cabinets in your kitchen island and another color (typically lighter) in your perimeter cabinetry.
Updating your kitchen with any of the above suggestions and trends will be sure to help you maximize the final sale price of your home. I look forward to working with you to prioritize the costs of any remodel or update you plan to undertake with an eye toward maximizing the sale price of your home.