Why is it that most sellers spend so much money on the kitchen when remodeling the home?
Well there really are too many reasons to list, for example: it’s one of the few rooms that you can actually really remodel (how do you remodel a bedroom??), everyone spends time in the kitchen, its part of the living space in the home, increasing the size and usability of the kitchen increases value across the home.
So now that we’ve established the fact that everyone remodels their kitchen when doing a home remodel lets talk about the hot trends that we are seeing this year.
Gaining steam: Maple cabinetry
Losing steam: Cherry cabinetry (Cherry dominated kitchens in early 2010 but was overtaken by maple cabinetry this year)
2. Kitchen finishes
Gaining steam: Dark natural finishes; light natural and colored painted finishes also remained fairly common, inching up slightly in use.
Losing steam: Medium natural, glazed, and white painted finishes are on the decline and the use of distressed finishes has dropped significantly in the last year.
Gaining steam: Grays, beiges, and bones
Losing steam: Brown tones, whites, and off-whites
4. Design styles
Gaining steam: Shaker style, which is characterized by its simplicity, un-ornamented yet functional, finely crafted style. (Shaker overtook contemporary style this year as the No. 2 most popular kitchen design style). Traditional style remains the most popular kitchen design, although it has dropped slightly in popularity compared to last year.
Losing steam: Contemporary style
5. Cabinetry upgrades
Gaining steam: Unchilled wine storage (yet undercounter wine refrigerators are losing favor)
Losing steam: Tall pantries, lazy Susans, appliance garages, and pull-out racks are declining slightly in popularity.
For the last 5 in the list of Top 10 Kitchen Remodeling Trends of 2011 check out the full article at Realtor.org
Credits To: Realtor.org
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* THIS ARTICLE WAS POSTED AT Thomas Feng’s Bay Area Real Estate Blog