When planning your dream kitchen, it’s easy to get carried away with aesthetics before planning for functionality.
Jennifer Egbert, Porchlight Real Estate Group

Kitchen renovations are among the most exciting improvements you can make to a home. This high-traffic area has the potential to tie together the look of the property and serve as a communal space to enjoy with your household and friends. Kitchen upgrades are also an excellent way to add value to your house, and have one of the highest instances of ROI. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, consider the tips we share here to ensure a stress-free experience:

Think about functionality first

When planning your dream kitchen, it’s easy to get carried away with aesthetics before planning for functionality. However, you may find that your gorgeous new space doesn’t work quite like you imagined. To ensure that you fall in love with the renovations, consider working with an interior designer to make a plan. A skilled designer will ask questions to determine how you use the kitchen, and will make suggestions based on your usual routine.

Focus on lighting

Lighting has a significant impact on any room, but it’s especially crucial in the kitchen. Natural light is a must-have in many kitchens, so installing a large window may be an option to think about. There are numerous types of light fixtures to consider, from classic recessed lighting to surface mount fixtures attached in a grid. To enhance the utility of this room, invest in little details like cabinet lighting.

Splurge on appliances

Top chefs and designers alike agree that the stove is the most critical statement (and utilitarian) piece in the kitchen. A high-quality stove is a luxurious everyday convenience, and is the most visible appliance to visitors. Whether you’re planning to stay in your home for years to come or list it soon, investing in a great stove is a smart move. To create a cohesive look for the kitchen, purchase appliances within the same line to match.

Experiment with contrasting colors

When you’re ready to upgrade the kitchen, you may be on the search for ways to make the space pop. A simple coat of paint can transform a room, and contrasting colors are a beautiful choice for the kitchen. Contrasting hues can be subtle, such as navy and cream, or you can try something more adventurous to reflect your personal style. However, if you’re planning to sell your home soon, it’s best to stick with neutral, universally appealing colors such as cool blue and white or gray and white.

Remodeling the kitchen is an exciting step for your home. Communal areas like the kitchen are crucial in making a statement, and investing in renovations will almost certainly ensure a high ROI.

By Jennifer Egbert. Jennifer is a Realtor at PorchLight Real Estate Group and specializes in Luxury neighborhoods, home builders and current market conditions. Visit jenniferegbert.com, e-mail jennifer@jenniferegbert.com or call 303.619.3373.