Ring in the new year with style by renovating that outdated kitchen. Tear off your old countertops and get to work; if you want to boost the value of your home and create a designer space, the kitchen is always the first room to address. With that being said, do not be afraid to try something new.
While sticking to traditional projects never hurts, keeping up with the latest designs can do a lot for your bottom line. This is especially true if you plan to sell in the near future; buyers are more attracted to properties that are modern and up-to-date so they will not need to do the job themselves. Whether you are aiming for open concept or want to add a full-length island, the choice is up to you. Have fun and make your home 2014-worthy with these trends.
Out With the Old, In With the New
- Make the space tech-friendly – Everyone has a smart phone these days. Brands like Apple are a household name, so it only makes sense to make your home iPhone and tablet accessible. The U-Socket is a revolutionary electrical outlet that features two built-in USB charging ports in addition to the standard socket. What’s more, it also will automatically stop charging your devices once they have reached full battery state, keeping them protected and lowering your energy costs.
- Install floating shelves – Who says your kitchen has to be boxy? More and more homeowners are minimizing their cabinetry in favor of floating shelves. These make the room appear more open and less constrained and are highly functional. For more storage and a sleek feel, ditch some of the cabinets.
- Go bold – In terms of color, most designers agree that the top shade for 2014 is cobalt blue. It has a profound visual impact and inspires a sense of peace and comfort. A cool way to incorporate the color is by using it on the appliances while keeping your countertops a lighter color like white, cream or tan.
- Mix materials – All-matching spaces can look cookie-cutter or lack visual interest. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, light wood cabinets and glass fixtures all together are pure eye candy and add personality to a kitchen.