Planning a kitchen renovation? Me too, it starts next month!! According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, you aren’t alone. Home renovation and remodeling spending is expected to increase through the first quarter of 2021, at least.
Most DIY remodelers say they will concentrate the renovation dollars on the kitchen and bathroom, with 83 percent of them claiming high hopes that their kitchen remodel will increase the home’s value. We are replacing floors, but, also a full kitchen and bathroom renovation.
Here are some of the kitchen projects that they’ll be undertaking and the trends you need to pay attention to if you hope to sell your home in 2021 or beyond.
If you’re going to remodel your kitchen with an eye to selling the home in the future, skip the raised panel or Shaker panel cabinets and opt for a smooth-front cabinet design.
In fact, minimalism is so in-demand right now, you might also want to consider forgoing handles all together, in favor of touch-release type of cabinets. That’s what we opted for, trendsetters I guess!
Ceiling-to-floor cabinets are expected to trend in 2021 as well. “… it’s becoming extremely popular to totally eschew the open shelving or no-uppers trend of years past in favor of wall-to-wall cabinetry,” according to the pros at HGTV. We did this as well, who wants to see dust bunnies on top of the cabinets.
Finally, while the stark white cabinet colors of last year are still popular, the trend is toward warmer colors, such as “…wine reds, deep greens and rich browns,” according to HGTV’s decorators. Hmm, white and brown for us. White as the primary colour and brown as the accent.
Walnut cabinetry, for instance, is gaining in popularity, according to the folks at homesandgarden.com. “It’s rich, dark color, fine grain and natural warmth are prized by makers for its feeling of instant luxury.”
While kitchens with granite and quartz countertops were among the most Instagrammable in 2020, many designers are touting marble for 2021.
“If there’s one thing that’s storming the style charts and shaking up interiors, it’s the return of marble,” according to design pros at homesandgardens.com. Specifically, “… strongly veined marble, the busier the better for unmissable luxury and next-level style.”
Quartz took a huge leap forward in popularity last year and the experts at residentialproductsonline.com see a more specific surge in 2021: “… light-colored quartz will become the ‘it’ material.” Wait till you see our countertops. I’ll share more soon!
Wood flooring and wood-look flooring in the kitchen has reigned supreme for the past decade and most designers agree it will trend even more in the new year. We currently have tile, but we opted for engineered hardwood throughout, including the kitchen.
The beauty of today’s technology allows for the look of hardwood in a waterproof, durable flooring, so necessary in a busy kitchen.
For a lighter, airier feel in the kitchen, designers with flooringinc.com predict homeowners will turn to blonde-colored wood or wood-look flooring.
Kate Tyndall, with internationalsurfaceevent.com, agrees. “Lighter stains rule, and shiny finishes are out.” Light for us as well. Our Condo is north facing so doesn’t get a lot of direct sunlight, so go with lighter colours to brighten the mood.
Kitchen wall colours
The big paint companies will soon be out with their Colour of the Year, but kitchen remodelers don’t seem to care. They have their own preferences, which include gray, white and off-white, brown and beige.
We’ve put together a sampling of some of the year’s most popular shades of these colors for kitchens.
Shades of gray to consider:
Longing for a brown kitchen?
Shades of beige for your kitchen walls:
When you shop for lighting for your 2021 kitchen makeover, keep an eye out for two styles:
According to a survey by Houzz, homeowners “… are showing interest in swing-arm and other sconce fixtures, which can add some adornment while providing needed task lighting around a sink or range.”
Pendant lights came in second on the list of Tap Warehouse’s Instagram kitchen trends in 2020. Especially if you have a kitchen island, consider adding drama, texture and color in the form of pendant lighting.
While stainless steel appliances remain popular, matte-finishes are gaining. This is no doubt due to both stainless’ high maintenance requirements and the attractiveness of the matte finish.
Graphite gray from Viking (see it here), Slate from GE (it’s smudge-proof!) and black stainless steel finishes all made headway in 2020 and experts predict they will gain in popularity. We opted for a black built in cooktop and steam oven. The other appliances, fridge and dishwasher will have cabinetry on the front to integrate into the design that we chose.
Check back soon and you will see how we are making out. It’s going to take us about 4 weeks to finish the project..
About the Author:
The above article on Kitchen trends for 2021 was provided by Regan Pyke, a leader in the field of sales, marketing, and Real Estate Investing. Regan can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 778-228-2448.
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