How to Design a Kitchen That Sells Your Home
If you’re planning on selling your house in the near future, it’s important to not simply rely on the state of the property market. Your home has to have visible and permeable value to fetch the price you’re after. Given that the kitchen is one of very few rooms in the house that has a specialised fit-out, it makes sense that it’s also the one that can often make or break a home sale.
At Apollo Kitchens, we believe in planning for your kitchen renovation. With careful preparation and design, you can create a beautiful custom kitchen and add value to your home. In this article, we’ll show you how to design a kitchen that home buyers can’t resist.
Match your home
While you may love the look of a sleek modern kitchen, is that really going to suit your rustic style home? Design your kitchen to match your home. You want to create a seamless look throughout the house, not a clash of styles.
Mismatched styles between kitchen and house can look funny. But what’s worse is that they can make the rest of the house look dated. By renovating a kitchen in a matching style, you can give the whole house a refreshed look.
If your house has country charm, look into Hamptons kitchen styles with design hallmarks like shaker cabinets and light colour schemes. Consistency of design throughout the home is important, so if you have cabinetry in other rooms that you’re fond of, use it in your new kitchen design.
Design for a demographic
Look at the design of your home and figure out which demographic is going to want to buy it. Is it a large and spacious home for a growing family? Or is it a small cosy cottage suited to downsizers?
Design your new kitchen for your home’s relevant demographic. For example, if you have a young family, you want to create a kitchen that is spacious enough to have more than one person in it prepping food at any time. You might then opt for a no-frills kitchen joinery design that is durable and easy to clean, with hardwood floors and marble benchtops.
On the other hand, if you are single or a couple with no kids, you might be more creative in your kitchen design, with more ornamental and stylish furnishings. Don’t forget though, when the time comes to sell, your personal style could turn potential buyers away, so being conservative where kitchen joinery and permanent fixtures are concerned is important for this reason.
If you’re creating a completely new kitchen layout with your renovation, consider current design trends. Open plan kitchens wouldn’t be so popular if they weren’t functional. If you have the budget, time and space, an open plan should be a serious consideration, as often it will fetch more at sale.
Again, pay some mind to who might be buying your house. If you live in a suburban area with lots of families, consider how your new kitchen layout will work for you as well as a young family.
The layout you choose will also dictate whether you can include certain features like a kitchen island or a breakfast bar. You may even choose to opt for a portable breakfast bar if you don’t have the budget to go blowing out walls. Deciding your layout should be the first thing you do when planning your new kitchen, so you can then choose other integral features.
Create enough space
Home buyers love storage, especially in areas of the house that get a lot of use, like the kitchen and bathroom. If you’ve got a small space to work with, creating storage will add instant value to your home.
But by the same token, a large kitchen which does not make good use of space can turn buyers off. Design a kitchen that sells your home by creating abundant space and storage. How can you do this? The most obvious option is custom kitchen cabinets with specialised additions. There are also plenty of affordable, easy to install storage solutions you can use to optimise the space you have.
Read more in our article 10 ways to create space in a small kitchen.
Perfect the lighting
Lighting is an essential part of your kitchen design. By updating the lighting, you’ll add instant value. Some old kitchens do not have adequate or well placed lighting, so it’s a good idea to give it an update when renovating.
You should map out different points in your kitchen joinery before choosing lighting to ensure the space is light correctly. Task lighting goes above high-frequency food prep areas for safety, overall ambience should come from dimmable downlights or similar, and mood lighting can come in the form of a decorative pendant.
Next, style your lighting to charm your buyers. Use lighting to create a mood or to highlight stylistic features. Simply updating lighting fixtures will go a long way to freshening up your kitchen so that it sells your home.