There are countless ways we can improve our homes to make them feel more like a place that we want to spend more time in. We can rip up the carpet and install beautiful hardwood flooring in that perfect shade that compliments our furniture. We can change the floor plan so that foot traffic flows better. With so many projects that we can do, top rated real estate agents say that starting in the kitchen is always a good idea.
As the year is coming to a close and you’re preparing to buy and sell property at the same time, here are six kitchen trends that real estate agents say are going to be popular in 2022.
1. Bold kitchen cabinets
In the past, whenever we saw a home renovation television that focused on a kitchen, it was all white. White countertops, white cabinets, white flooring… white white white! How on earth is anyone supposed to actually live and cook in a white kitchen is beyond us!
Anyway… Real estate agents say homeowners in 2022 are going to want to make a statement and bold kitchen cabinets are the way to go. Instead of white, agents say we can expect to see deep colors like jewel tones, matte black, burnt orange and the like. However… Agents warn that if you’re going to be renovating a house you’re selling, stick to a neutral color palette.
2. Natural wood
Bold colors aren’t necessarily everyone’s cup of tea and agents say that there’s definitely a market for natural wood cabinets, particularly made from light toned wood.
3. Use table lights for ambiance
Usually lighting in the kitchen is relegated to overhead pendant lights, recessed lights, and maybe under cabinet light strips. Realtors say this trend is changing, as they’re seeing more homeowners use table lights in the kitchen to create a cozier atmosphere.
4. Opt for quartz countertops
It wasn’t uncommon to find kitchens with white granite or marble countertops – in fact they were one of the top choices homeowners preferred. However, although granite and marble are still desirable, homeowners are opting for granite countertops in an effort to be more eco-friendly. Granite is a man-made material, therefore making it a customizable and sustainable option. You can find them in a variety of colors and designs, so you can bet that you’ll be able to find the perfect countertop for your home.
5. Unique kitchen islands
Kitchen islands are a common project in a kitchen renovation, but now homeowners are thinking beyond the typical island. They’re creating islands that use different materials to add visual interest. They’re interested in two-tiered islands and waterfall islands, too.
6. Increase storage space
We have a ton of stuff and it seems like we’re filling up our kitchen cabinets faster than ever. Sometimes our kitchens are stuffed to the brim that we’ll look for other storage options. That’s why homeowners are making sure that when they’re renovating the kitchen, they’re going to build plenty of storage space, such as a walk-in pantry, for example.
Trendy kitchens must be functional, too!
One of the most used rooms in our house is the kitchen, so it makes sense that when we’re looking to renovate our homes, that’s one of the first places we start. A newly renovated kitchen can be done beautifully but you can’t just think of the aesthetics. You have to keep in mind how well it functions, too!