LIke houses and lifestyles, kitchen renovations are unique and feature 1000s of possibilities. But when it comes to factoring in the cost of the kitchen renovation versus the “return on investment” (ROI), there are certain elements that work, every time. In this article, our design experts will reveal (some of) their secrets to make your kitchen remodel not only look great, but give you the best “bang for the buck”. Of course, for a more personalized consultation, you’re always welcome to stop by our 13,000-square-foot showroom filled with samples & kitchen displays!
Neutral Styles - Modern, Transitional
A transitional style (one that’s not quite modern but definitely more updated than traditional) tends to work best when it comes to resale value, according to real estate experts. Don’t go too ornate (French, Baroque, etc) but don’t over-simplify (Shaker, Sci-Fi, Contemporary). There are many choices for cabinet panels & doors, as well as countertops & backsplashes, that will create a nice updated look without swinging too far into any specific direction.
Bright orange and dark blue may be your personal favorite colors, but they won’t work too well, when showing a house to prospective buyers or tenants. It’s best to stick with neutral colors for the kitchen – shades of white, beige, or cream. Grey or navy can also work, depending on the climate and the community. Another nice thing about neutral colors is that they’re easier to match with cabinets, backsplashes, and countertops. Don’t “paint yourself into a corner” with an overly-dramatic color!
You can always bring in color accents with dishes, cutlery, placemats, cookware, and other “portable” accessories. You can also add artwork, framed photos, and flowers in colorful vases. The possibilities are truly endless – and it’s much easier to change the look of the kitchen with a few removable pieces, than to repaint or change cabinet doors!
White kitchen with bright orange cookware as color accents. Photography by Jason Briscoe.
You don’t have to go “full custom” to get the features and benefits of custom kitchens. There are many “semi-custom” options in the market, that offer beautiful looks and convenient interior storage options. Cabinets are one of the most important aspects of a kitchen, and it’s worth it to make sure they’re spacious and convenient enough to accommodate all your storage & display needs.
We invite you to visit our showroom, located at 2201 West Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach, FL 33069, to see our selection of kitchen cabinets, floor & wall materials, and custom quartz & natural-stone countertops.
Endless options for kitchen cabinet
colors, finishes, and textures!
Subtle Tile Backsplashes
Tile is a cost-effective decor option, and can really contribute to the look of a kitchen while being classy & subtle. White or off-white / beige / gray tile can complement almost any countertop color or cabinetry choice – and there are many interesting patterns available, which will let you express your style without overwhelming the look of the kitchen. Basically, go “subtle color, interesting layout” and you can’t go wrong with tile!
The undisputed “King of ROI”, quartz is a “wonder material” that’s made from finely crushed natural quartz bound with a super-tough acrylic resin. It’s the best of both worlds – the look and feel of natural stone, yet perfectly sealed so it’s easy to clean and doesn’t absorb stains. In addition, since the color is not just “skin deep” as it is with porcelain and some other materials, scratches and dents aren’t so obvious, and even significant damage can be repaired or buffed out without having to replace the entire countertop.
Quartz is suitable for countertops, backsplashes, bar tops, even floor & wall panels, so you can create a coherent and consistent design across the entire room or even the entire house. We have the machinery and experience to cut quartz into almost any shape, from waterfall countertops to mitered-edge bar counters to matching sinks to custom wall decor & artwork. The possibilities are really endless when it comes to this stunning material. As a certified dealer of the world’s premier quartz brands – Caesarstone, Compac, Cambria, MSI, Pompeii, Prizmaquartz, and many more – we offer literally 1000s of options for quartz colors and patterns.
Stainless Steel Appliances
Stainless steel appliances are a safe bet when it comes to kitchen remodeling, for several reasons. They’re easy to match with many decor options & cabinet styles; easy to clean and maintain; are hygienic and anti-bacterial (non-porous surface); and there are many options available from modern appliance manufacturers, including “smart” and automated models.
You can find more information online about the various trends & innovations in the stainless steel appliance industry. This informative article from appliance dealer AJ Madison is a good place to start: https://www.ajmadison.com/learn/are-stainless-steel-appliances-going-out-of-style/
One often-overlooked aspect of kitchen renovation is ventilation. The process of cooking produces many contaminants – aerosolized grease, excess heat, steam, odors, etc – and it’s a very good idea to have a vent hood (also called “range hood” or “kitchen hood”) to grab this air pollution and get rid of it. Range hoods can be broadly divided into 2 categories: ducted and ductless. Ducted range hoods use a pipe that leads to the outside, so the contaminated air is removed completely and replaced by fresh air from other parts of the house; ductless hoods use filters to capture the grease and other contaminants and then recycle the cleaned air back into the kitchen.
A ducted range hood will keep your kitchen easier to clean and increase the life of the cabinets, since airborne grease and excess moisture will be removed, instead of floating around and settling on cabinets in a sticky film. In addition, it lets you experiment with spicy ingredients without concern for discomfort or making the entire house smell like poblano peppers or salmon.
The design aspect of kitchen hoods can’t be overlooked – this is one appliance where designers can truly let go and create stunning visuals made from stainless steel and glass, which can add a completely unique touch to your kitchen. Yes, a range hood is an additional expense, but it’s a massive improvement to the comfort, durability, and look of the kitchen. Here’s a few ideas.
Balanced Part of Entire Home Remodel
The most important thing to keep in mind when planning a kitchen remodel is that it should be an integral part of the updates to the entire house. Even the most beautiful, professional-chef-worthy kitchen won’t have much of an impact on the resale value, if the rest of the house looks drab, aged, and run-down.