When designing a timeless kitchen remodel, it is tempting to see a striking new style in a magazine and try to reproduce it in your home. And while it may be a great look for now, how can you be sure that it won’t look dated in a few years? How do you make sure that our remodeling dollar is well spent and the resulting look will be fresh into the future? Here are seven ways to make sure your kitchen remodel will be relevant past next month’s issue of your favorite home magazine.
- Stick mainly to neutral colors:
White, beige, and gray never really go out of style. The use of accent walls can be good, but make sure that the color isn’t too bold. If you choose to buy new furniture later on, it may clash with the accent wall, so choose wisely. Color palettes like the Naturally Neutral Palette from Sherwin Williams are a good example of this principle.
- Invest in quality materials:
Choose durable materials. Quartz or granite for countertops, as they are scratch and stain resistant. Stainless steel is good for kitchen appliances such as the fridge because it does not rust as easily as other materials might.
- Keep cabinetry simple:
Opt for timeless cabinet styles such as shaker or flat-panel, with minimal hardware, to keep the look clean and classic.
- Focus on functionality:
A functional layout with ample storage and workspace will always be in style. Think about an open concept to allow more air flow. This also keeps your space more adaptable to changing needs.
- Incorporate natural elements:
Add natural elements such as wood or stone to bring warmth and texture to the space. The amount of light being brought in from the windows, as well as any curtains or blinds, should be accounted for as well.
- Avoid trends:
Steer clear of trends that may quickly become dated, such as bold colors, patterns, or unique shapes. While they seem fun at the time, it becomes increasingly difficult to find accessory items that compliment those styles.
- Have a good relationship with your remodeler:
It would be nice to think that you would pick a design and bring it to completion, and that would be that. But even if you’re happy with your work, it doesn’t mean your needs won’t change. The average homeowner moves every 10 to 13 years. Chances are there is a great home in your future that has one or more rooms that need changing or updating. Even if you stay put, it is impossible to know what new technology will become essential to our lives in the near future. A good relationship with a remodeling contractor can give you peace of mind.
So, it is good to have a friend in the remodeling industry. That is what we would like to be for you. We are working in Kansas City neighborhoods to give our clients a timeless kitchen remodel for the ages. Give us a call or click here, we would love to work with you.
- Ben Schatz, Office Manager – Schatz Construction Services