It’s a new year, are you ready for a new kitchen? Many real estate experts say that a kitchen remodel will pay off if you think like a buyer.
According to a recent article in US News and World Reports:
Today’s buyers are especially interested in common spaces for the family to gather, such as screened porches and family rooms, as well as open-floor plan kitchens.
What if your floor plan doesn’t lend itself to gathering guests? Some of this year’s hot trends can still help make yours into a social kitchen. Here are our five top kitchen remodeling trends for 2013:
1. Better Homes and Gardens suggests incorporating curving shapes into kitchens in place of traditional boxy square counters and islands. Why not shave those corners, add a round table or a circular sink? Curved edges make a room feel more inviting and generate better traffic flow when entertaining guests.
2. Another tip from BHG is to use pendant lighting. Having a variety of overhead lighting affords you the opportunity to create various gathering areas within your kitchen. Want folks to hang out at the breakfast bar? Turn on your pendant lights to create a warm mood. Need a bit more light over your cutting board? A pendant light works there, too!
3. Artistic details can also bring family and friends into the kitchen by creating a space that feels less formal and cold. Try a stencil on cabinet doors, pictorial tiles in your backsplash, or antique canisters and teapots near the stove. Anything that starts conversation can help make your space feel warm and inviting.
4. Add an island! Bringing a central feature to your kitchen space can serve many purposes. Southern Living suggests creating an island that serves dual purposes: you can work on the meal on one side, while guests pull up seating on the other. Or kids can finish homework, using storage in the island to stow pencils and crayons while you finish up a meal.
5. We also like BHG’s suggestion to mix surfaces and colors. A cool-toned granite countertop goes great with warm wooden cabinets. Try a dark tone beneath the counter and a complimentary painted shade up top with glass doors. Keeping it varied makes it feel less formal so guests feel welcome to linger.