Today’s modern kitchen does so much more than simply serve as a place to prepare meals. Functionality plays a part, sure, but so does fun and family. As the heart of your home, it wears many hats and is vital to the smooth running of a busy household. We congregate here to communicate, entertain and socialise. The breakfast bar can function as a pop-up home office and the little ones use it as an activity space to play, bake and paint. And of course, we all sit down for dinner here, to swap stories and cement bonds.
There’s no denying the room’s importance, and here’s an interesting thing if you’re looking to sell your home; a new kitchen can add a 4 – 7% value increase to the average property. So, if you’re going to tackle a specific area of your house, this is the room to renovate. With that in mind, here are 5 IDEAL kitchen renovations to add value to your home.
Your kitchen sets the tone for the entire house, and colour tends to set the tone for a single room, so it’s important to get this bit right. When a potential buyer first claps eyes on the kitchen, that first impression can make or break a sale, so it’s worth thinking about the colour scheme carefully.
If done well, the colours you choose can completely alter the mood of your kitchen, as well as make it look and feel bigger and brighter. There are a few different avenues to travel down here, depending on your taste and what look you’re trying to achieve. It’s fairly common knowledge, however, that the most prominent colour should be a light shade rather than dark, so the kitchen does not feel like a gloomy or enclosed space.
It is also best to avoid too many colours in the kitchen. You don’t want your kitchen to be too busy and overbearing on the eyes, distracting from that Masterchef worthy meal you made. A simple two-tone kitchen is the safest and most stylish option. A light, reflective colour opens the kitchen up, making it feel spacious while a secondary supporting colour will add class and character. Consider a bright but still muted pastel shade, which makes the perfect backdrop for some natural features like wood or marble. The patinas found in these natural textures will stand out against the more modest but bright surroundings, combining modern design with a beautiful authentic natural touch.
In this day and age, kitchen islands are almost essential parts of the kitchen, if the space grants such a feature, of course. They create absolute comfort when working from home or when simply working on a meal, freeing up other spaces and surfaces in the process.
The three key ever-presents of the kitchen are the sink, refrigerator and stove. With one of these located on a kitchen island, the kitchen working triangle layout is created — the optimal layout advised by kitchen designers. What’s more, kitchen islands are easily customisable. Whether you want to add a wine rack, open bookshelves, a hanging utensil rack or simply extra storage space, an island opens up the room to a wealth of new opportunities.
What’s most important, however, is the impact the kitchen island has on the overall space and how it functions as a room. It turns a four-walled kitchen into a dynamic space with multiple surfaces allowing you to interact with guests or keep an eye on kids doing homework, all while preparing meals. The kitchen island becomes a focal point being the where people can easily and comfortably gather, and we all want a bit of that, don’t we?
An undervalued kitchen feature in modern design is the kitchen backsplash. Bright walls are advisable, as we already mentioned, but they can be detrimental to the appearance of your kitchen if food marks are left behind stoves and sinks. And if you’re trying that cheffy toss in the frying pan, or your family have a particular propensity for tomato-based sauces, then stains are inevitable.
The backsplash is a multi-functional design piece that assists with hygiene, practicality and character. Used for years, it’s kinda surprising that any kitchen out there attempts to make do without one. Usually, this features comes as a layer of tiles positioned behind worktops, stoves and sinks to protect walls from splashes created while cooking or washing. The durable and smooth surfaces of the tiles make them easy to clean and care for.
Backsplashes also have a decorative purpose and can, when best deployed, add that special touch to a kitchen’s appearance, becoming a feature potential buyers will remember.
Quality overall lighting is a game-changer when it comes to kitchen value. A well-designed kitchen is pointless if not effectively lit; becoming a place avoided rather one to luxuriate in.
But it is not just the electrical lighting that needs to be perfect — natural light has an enormous impact on property value in today’s market, too. Fancy kitchen features and state-of-the-art kitchen appliances usually draw the most fawning praise initially, but for those in the know, it is the amount of natural light exposure that truly sells a kitchen space.
Sometimes improving natural light takes the most simple of jobs. Restoring windows and bringing them back up to their full potential with a thorough clean and refurb will achieve a surprising amount. And make sure you remove any obstacles either side of your windows and let as much natural light as possible flood the kitchen. But if your kitchen lacks natural light exposure and those interventions aren’t possible, having windows inserted might be just what your kitchen (and your property’s value) needs.
Last but by no means least are those valuable appliances that keep the kitchen ticking – and looking – on trend, we might add. Colour schemes, layouts, backsplashes and lighting are all essential parts of the kitchen and are the cornerstones of kitchen design. But the appliances will always catch a buyer’s eye, allowing them to visualise living in the house, which is integral to harnessing early, solid interest. Should you have any, display them proudly (but effortlessly) for best results.