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Easy Design Trends to Update Your Kitchen

Since updating your kitchen can you get you one of the biggest returns on investment in terms of home upgrades, it’s important to stay on trend. Whether you’re in the market for a major kitchen renovation, or are just looking to “spice” things up, put some of these tips to use!

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After cooking what has felt like a million meals and washing a million dishes, there’s no denying that our kitchens are probably one of the most utilized rooms in our homes at the moment. Since we are spending a lot more time in our kitchens, we’re also probably realizing this room could use a little love. An average complete kitchen renovation can cost upwards of $25,000 or more. Which, when looking for sound investments, updating your kitchen will help you get a better return on your investment should you decide to sell your home in the future. Whether you’re in the market for a major kitchen renovation, or are just looking to “spice” things up, it’s super important to keep kitchen design trends in mind. 

Even though darker wood kitchen cabinets are not the most popular choice, all white kitchen cabinets are slowly fading out of style. Instead, homeowners are looking to colorful cabinets to add dimension and interest. Darker, jewel tones are on trend for 2020, and mixing those colors with different types of metal (gold, brass, silver, etc.) can help bring the whole look together. But, if the thought of all of your kitchen cabinets being colorful is intimidating, try opting for either the lower or the upper cabinets to be the color accent. Another way to consider adding pops of color would be with a kitchen island. While we’re talking kitchen cabinets, you cannot go wrong with the clean and timeless look of a shaker style cabinet.

Modern interior. Spacious kitchen with white brick tile wall.

If adding bold color to your cabinets seems a bit too risky, consider adding color and design with your backsplash. Backsplashes come in an array of styles and designs to fit any decor. Another popular way to add color is your kitchen sink. Companies are introducing more choices from the standard stainless and white sinks. Some companies are even taking it a step further and giving you a chance to swap out the apron front for an easy update.

Countertops also come in a variety of colors and materials. While granite or marble were considered a high end upgrade, quartz has taken the lead. Quartz marries the high end look of granite and marble with the durability and low maintenance that many desire. Another popular and less expensive countertop choice is a butcher-block style counter. This also helps add some warmth in the kitchen by bringing in natural wood.

If you’re looking to have a temporary splash of color and don’t have the budget to refresh your kitchen, try adding it in through different types of decor and furniture. Colorful pots and pans can add the perfect amount of color to an otherwise neutral kitchen.

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Don’t be afraid to mix up your hardware and fixture finishes.  You can highlight your faucet and accent with your cabinet hardware. You can use different hardware to distinguish different areas or different functions in your kitchen space. Even if you wanted to make a quick, impactful, and inexpensive upgrade, you will be amazed what just changing your kitchen hardware will do to a space. 

Also not to be forgotten is adding a bit of spice with your light fixtures, kitchens deserve to have something more than the standard kitchen lighting. You can add a bold statement through  a chandelier or other more upgraded lighting. 

When deciding where to invest in your home, kitchen updates will yield the higher return on your investment, right next to bathroom updates. No matter how small or how big you’re willing to go with your kitchen update, there are plenty of amazing ideas out there. Kitchens are not just in our homes out of necessity, but they have definitely become a functioning heart of our families. Hopefully for many years to come. 

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Brooke has a lifestyle blog called Cribbs Style and currently lives in Charleston, SC. This wife, mom of two almost tweens, and mom of three fur children enjoys all things DIY and organizing. When she’s not helping others tackle the chaos of life, she’s either working out, at the beach, or just enjoying time with family and friends.

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