However, unless you never plan to move, you’ll also need to consider what future occupants of your house will think of the kitchen. A new kitchen is a considerable investment, and you’ll want it to increase the value of your property rather than making it hard to sell. This is why it’s a good idea to at least bear in mind the appeal of the design to future buyers when coming up with the design.
It’s also important to design a kitchen that doesn’t date, or again it could negatively affect the value or appeal of your property when it eventually goes on the market. Kitchen design trends change all the time, but there are some ways you can future-proof the space. Bear these tips in mind:
- Avoid brightly coloured units and embrace neutral shades. Unless you’ve absolutely got your heart set on those deep purple or avocado green doors and drawer fronts, it’s usually best to stick to relatively neutral shades. Black, white, grey and natural wood are all timeless choices, which should ensure your kitchen doesn’t date.
- Include colour in tiles and paint. Just because you’re bearing the future appeal of your kitchen in mind, it doesn’t mean you can’t have the colours you want. It’s best to include these in relatively inexpensive and easy to replace ways, such as tiles and wall paint. If this isn’t to someone else’s taste when you sell your home, replacing them is simple.
- Want something quirky? Make it portable. Just like your colourful tiles and walls, you can add in items that suit your personal taste but make sure they are easy to remove. For example, distinctive light fittings and wall art, which you can enjoy while you live there but which are easily removed for a neutral, clutter-free space.
- Incorporate technology, but don’t go crazy for gadgets. The problem with the latest trends in technology is that they end up being short-lived fads. By all means leave space for handy high-tech kitchen gadgets but it could be an expensive mistake to incorporate and integrate technology into the design of the kitchen itself.
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