Kitchens are one of the most important rooms when selling your house, says Zillow Digs home design expert Kerrie Kelly.
“They’re a big-ticket item that a lot of buyers find harder to deal with,” explains Ramona Griffin of G&G Interior Design. “If buyers can get a kitchen that’s good before they move in, that’s going to be better for them.”
Whether you want to make some updates to your kitchen before putting your house on the market, or are seeking design ideas for your next renovation, these five trends may help provide some inspiration.
“You have the doorknob at the back door, the faucet finish, the other hardware finishes — all these elements that in the past we as designers suggested were a ‘must’ to match,” Kelly says. “Now, not so much. When you’re in one category, such as appliances, you should stay within a finish for it to be cohesive. But don’t feel like you have to match your faucet or your appliances to your hardware.”
She points out that this may also be a cost-saver, because if you want new light switch plates, for instance, you don’t have to replace everything in the kitchen to match.
Image courtesy of Steven Miller Design Studio/The NWBLK, San Francisco.
“I’m seeing a lot of people wanting to upgrade their kitchen cabinet storage,” Griffin says. “They may add rollout shelves, for instance, or compartments that are customized for certain food items or spices.”
Even small spaces can make a big difference. Griffin used this trick in her own kitchen: “We had a 6-inch gap between our cabinets, and there wasn’t a cabinet small enough to go in there. So we built a rollout shelf that holds all of our spices.”
Image courtesy of Christopher Davison, Realty Restoration, LLC.
This may come as a surprise, but your kitchen cabinets don’t all have to match. The “tuxedo” look pairs black with white, Kelly says — for instance, white cabinets up top and black below. But pairing other colors is also popular, according to Zillow.
“If you don’t feel like you’re bold enough to do black and white, you could tone it down a bit with gray,” Kelly says. “The good news is that if you want to paint your cabinets to update them, paint is inexpensive,” she adds.
Griffin says many of her clients are installing backsplash tile, often with natural materials, such as marble and stone, or unique shapes.
“A lot of backsplash options are falling into really moderate price points nowadays,” she explains. “It has to do with the technology that is changing the way the tiles are manufactured. You can get more interesting, intricate patterns than you used to.”
Beautiful backsplash tiles can be a minimal upgrade but still make a big difference in a kitchen, she says.
Image courtesy of New Mood Design, Atlanta, and Darren Edwards, San Diego.
Homeowners are bringing the outdoors in for a cozy kitchen atmosphere, Kelly says. “Wood paneling or shiplap — which is a type of wood paneling, typically painted white — adds texture and personality to a kitchen.”
This farmhouse-inspired trend is being used on everything from backsplashes to ceilings, according to Zillow.
“Horizontal or vertical, wood panels create some interest in lieu of wallpaper or other textured walls,” Kelly adds.
Image courtesy of MHK Architecture and Planning.