by Office Staff
on Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 9:52am.
As anyone will tell you, the kitchen can be a deal-breaker in a new home. Keeping the appliances up to date, making sure you cater to current styles, and keeping everything clean can prove invaluable when you are selling. But even if you aren't planning on going anywhere, sometimes a kitchen just needs to be touched up. It's one of the most used rooms in any home, and over time will wear out. If you see a remodeling, redecoration, or just a simple kitchen improvement in your near future, keep these style tips in mind:
• When in doubt, go black-and-white It's the "ol' faithful" of kitchen designs – modern, sleek, elegant, but also rural, the black-and-white look in a kitchen is a timeless classic that is a safe go-to when you can't make up your mind or agree on what to do. The contrast of light and dark is aesthetically pleasing, and these two colors are also easier to keep clean.
• If the space permits, add and island You have all that extra space there, so why not make use of it? Unless an island feature will seriously disrupt the flow of your kitchen, there isn't any reason to avoid it. You'll have extra storage space, extra counter space, a possible extra sink for rinsing food, and it requires no demolition for installation, unlike new cabinets or counters. • Blend it in with the rest of the homes In terms of interior design, homes have typically been divided up between the kitchen, and everywhere else. Break away from the mold and create a design that merges the kitchen's look seamlessly with the rooms around it. Use neutral colors if that is the predominant color scheme, and you'll soon forget the kitchen is even there until you're using it. • Or, make an eye-catching color statement If your goal is to make your kitchen pop, then a bold color scheme is what you need. Yellow is a good choice, as it is known to be more energetic and uplifting, bettering moods and generally providing a calmer atmosphere. There is no reason to go overboard, though – all it takes is several accents throughout the kitchen to make the color stand out. This makes it one of the simplest and cheapest projects you'll do – and the rewards are amazing.