5 design trends for the kitchen worth considering
There’s a difference between renovating your kitchen with the purpose of living in it for a few years and renovating with the goal of putting your house on the market. In the latter situation, the homeowners’ design preferences are somewhat irrelevant. Homeowners who want to sell should make design choices with mass appeal in mind.
1. Quartz countertops
In high-end kitchens all over the country, you’ll notice that granite countertops are being replaced by quartz. Whereas granite can easily be stained, quartz is non-porous and highly resistant to staining and bacterial growth. With the increased demand, suppliers are increasing their choices. Quartz comes in a variety of styles and colors and often resembles granite, but without the negative characteristics and on top of that, they look absolutely gorgeous.
2. Concealed appliances
There was a time when kitchen appliances were the focal point of the kitchen. Stainless steel refrigerators and dishwashers were what buyers looked for in a modern home. They are still very popular, but style preferences are evolving and one of today’s biggest trends is concealed or hidden appliances. Refrigerator faces now blend in with walls, and dishwashers look like they’re part of the cabinets.
3. LED lighting
Gone are the days where bright overhead lighting was the primary light source for kitchens. Today’s most luxurious kitchens are using under-cabinet LED lighting to accent features and provide sophisticated ambience. Not only can the brightness of these lights be changed, but in many cases, the color and hue can be adjusted as well. And because the light strips are so thin, you won’t even notice they’re present.
4. Steel windows
Steel windows are officially in. They’ve long been used in industrial settings, but some of todays most luxurious and fashion-forward kitchens are using steel to turn windows into statement pieces. One of the hottest trends is to install floor-to-ceiling steel and glass windows for a modern and sophisticated look. Other homeowners simply choose to replace existing double-hung windows with fresher steel options.
5. Reclaimed wood
Reclaimed materials are totally in right now. Not only do they add character, but they also appeal to homebuyers who are big on sustainability. One really prevalent trend is the use of reclaimed wood. You don’t want to go overboard, but a nice accent wall or unique kitchen island can add an attractive flare or even open shelving. When combined with metal or exposed pipe, reclaimed wood creates that posh, industrial look that many homebuyers desire.
Give the kitchen a facelift
The kitchen can be a huge selling point for a home. Thankfully, it’s also one of the highest returning rooms. Homeowners can expect to get most — if not all — of the money they put into a kitchen facelift back at closing.
Let our team know if you need help falling back in love with your kitchen or if you need to ready it for market.