The average life of a kitchen is somewhere between 15 and 30 years. And since nearly 3/4 of all homes listed for sale showcase the kitchen as the main selling point, they tend to be a wise investment.
To get even more staying power out of your kitchen and ultimately get more bang for your buck, try the following timeless design trends.
White Cabinetry and Backsplash
According to a recent survey by Houzz, nearly half of all kitchen remodels incorporate white cabinets as opposed to wood or neutral tones. Interior design expert Nate Berkus calls white cabinetry “the single most popular kitchen accent.” Backsplash, such as with subway tiles, also tends to be more favorably received when it is white. Why is white so great? It’s simple, it’s clean and it’s functional – all features that stand the test of time.
Stainless Steel Appliances
One of the best things about stainless steel is that, if properly cared for, it ages well. In fact, Berkus calls it “the most timeless thing out there.” And it’s pretty popular. The same Houzz study referenced above found that 83 percent of home remodelers use shiny steel appliances to create a well-kept, sharp appearance. Best of all, stainless steel appliances are more affordable now than ever.
65 percent of those surveyed by Houzz listed accessibility as one of the most important aspects of a kitchen design. This is why built-in pantries have become a top trend in recent years. Having a built-in saves space and is practical while also creating a cleaner, sleeker design. They enable easy access to everything you need without impacting the ability to move around in the kitchen.
Once used primarily for smaller spaces, galley layouts have now become a popular design trend for kitchens of all sizes. Well-designed galley kitchens are efficient, functional and flexible. Galley layouts are practical in terms of maximizing storage and minimizing the need to move around, but they are also appreciated for the streamlined look they create.
Nothing brings a kitchen design together better than a beautiful countertop. And while granite is certainly a popular material, quartz is beginning to trend upward for a number of reasons. Because the material is made of crushed quartz stone mixed with resin, these countertops tend to be tougher than natural stone. They’re also much easier to maintain and come in a wide range of colors and patterns. There are even quartz countertops that are designed to look just like wood.
Renovating a kitchen requires a significant investment of both time and money. Choosing certain design trends can help ensure that you get the most return from that investment. The five renovation trends listed above should ensure that your new kitchen will stand the test of time.