Kitchen remodels can not only significantly increase the value of your home, but it can also significantly increase your own enjoyment of it. Kitchen remodels can be purely cosmetic or they can be extensive, including changing the shape or layout of a kitchen or even opening up the kitchen entirely into a different room. Many owners of older homes are doing away with outdated formal dining rooms and simply expanding their kitchen area to take up the space. No matter how simple or extensive your kitchen remodel is, however, one thing you will need to do is decide on a color scheme for your kitchen. Choosing a kitchen color can be difficult, partly because there are just so many options to choose from. When choosing a kitchen color, however, there are several things to keep in mind which can actually help narrow down your options a bit. Here are three things to consider when considering a kitchen color.
1. How “timeless” is it?
Every season brings the newest, hottest color trends, and it can be easy to get caught up in the hype. Designer kitchens often feature bold colors and eye-catching themes that can be easy to want to emulate. Just keep in mind, however, these are designer homes. They aren’t meant for people that have to live in the home and use the kitchen for decades, potentially. If you have the money to remodel every few years or live in a high-end designer home, where buyers will most likely remodel the home anyway to suit their own tastes, by all means, install an all-purple kitchen if that’s what you like.
Conversely, however, if you actually have to live in your home while it is being remodeled and don’t have the money to remodel every few years, you might want to plan on keeping the same basic kitchen design for a decade or more. By choosing more neutral or classic looks for big-ticket items like cabinetry, flooring and appliances, you can still change up the entire look of your kitchen every few years with paint, hardware or even matching accessories.
2. How likely is someone else to like your color scheme?
You may have no plans to sell your home when you remodel your kitchen, but that doesn’t mean life can’t change on a dime. While you should certainly end up with a kitchen you love, it is always important to remember that your home is both a home and an investment. That being said, a lime green kitchen is far more likely to be an attractive selling point in a Florida home than in a home in Kansas. A purple kitchen will probably go over better in a New York City loft than in a Colorado cabin.
Similarly, high end, hand-crafted “shabby chic” cabinetry is far more likely to be an attractive selling point in a southern home than in an LA condo. When it comes to designing a kitchen, you of course want something unique that shows off your unique style and flair, but it also needs to be potentially transformed quickly and easily to show off someone else’s unique style and flair.
3. What are your realistic needs?
You may love the clean lines of an all-white kitchen with stainless steel appliances, but if you have 5 kids, that might not be the best choice for you. Similarly, you may love the modern look of an all black and stainless kitchen or dark cherry wood cabinetry, but if your kitchen is already the size of a postage stamp, the dark colors can actually be overwhelming.
When it comes to choosing a color for your kitchen, you need to be realistic about both the space you are working with and the actual needs of your family. The kind of colors you can use in a sprawling penthouse bachelor pad are very different from what you need in a busy, smaller suburban kitchen. No matter how much you may love a certain look or color, if it doesn’t match will with the size of your kitchen or the style of your home, in the end you will hate it.