Research suggests that a new kitchen remodel could add as much as 10% to the value of your home. The reason for this is that kitchens are the heart of a home. For many families, it is a more natural place to congregate, talk, eat, do homework, or relax, than the living room. Home buyers and home owners understand the importance of the kitchen. It’s why they value kitchens so much. If you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen in anticipation of selling your home, or just to add some zest to your house, here are 5 design trends to look out for.
Bold, Dark Kitchen Colors
The era of the predominantly white-coloured kitchen is ending. People are embracing bold, dark colors in their kitchen. Some of the most loved colors in this trend are navy, forest green and burgundy.
Consumers are shifting from the almost hospital-themed look of traditional kitchens, and experimenting with different colors. I’ve seen gorgeous pink and white kitchens, for instance.
What makes this trend so remarkable is that it is not as costly as other changes that you might have to make in the kitchen. A fresh coat of paint using bold, dark colors, can completely transform the look and feel of your kitchen.
Kitchen Tables Are No More
Just 10% of new homes have a kitchen table. Instead, kitchen designs feature large kitchen islands with 8 to 12 high stools around a dinner table. This design is more convenient for gathering around and talking and eating. It also reflects how the kitchen has become the default gathering place of families. Walls separating kitchens and dining rooms have generally disappeared, and the dining room has vastly reduced in size.
Before you jump on this trend, you should know that some home buyers appreciate a large dining room. Furthermore, creating a statement island may inadvertently result in removing load-bearing walls.
You Need a Coffee Station
No home can go without a coffee station. The coffee station is typically placed perpendicular to the stove, sink and general cooking area, and far apart to form its own distinct serving space, without being too far off. A favorite coffee station design of mine features granite and cabinetry, some with excellent cabinet refacing, snugly placed somewhere that invites the user to play barista.
No More Waterfall Countertops
Waterfall countertops are a monstrosity that I am glad is quickly going away. Waterfall countertops are, mercifully, on their way out. I love granite and quartz, but waterfall countertops take things way too far. It seems to be less about having a tasteful design than about showing how you can afford to have that much granite and quartz in your kitchen.
Herringbone and parquet flooring are having a moment right now. Homeowners have taken to them in a big way, and they have made their way into the kitchen of late. They add a wonderful sense of texture, warmth, and sophisticated earthiness to a kitchen.
Some homeowners have used porcelain and LVT instead of timber, for their herringbone floor design.