Attract Buyers with These Budget-Friendly Kitchen Updates!
The kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s also one of the most important rooms home buyers look at when thinking about putting in an offer on a home. Your outdated kitchen has the power to keep offers away and your home on the market. According to the NAR (National Association of Realtors) 2019 Home Staging survey, 84% of agents said the kitchen is one most common rooms to stage when selling a home in addition to the living room and the master bedroom. Luckily, you don’t need to completely gut your kitchen to attract interest and serious offers. Below we’re sharing a few budget-friendly kitchen updates you can implement to attract home buyers:
- Paint Your Cabinets
Your kitchen cabinets do more than just store dishes, pots and pans, and serveware. They also add color and life to the room. Traditionally, we’re used to seeing white, black, and wood-stained cabinets. However, more homeowners are choosing to use color – like grey, greige, and olive green – to give their kitchens a little more pizazz.
To make your kitchen pop, consider painting your cabinets. You can do them all the same color or try the two-tone look where the top cabinets are a lighter color and the lower cabinets are darker.
You can take your kitchen updates one step further by using Sherwin Williams’ Color the Year. The color is Naval and it’s a relaxing, calming blue that will make all feel welcome.
- Add Color
Your cabinets aren’t the only way to add some color to your kitchen. If you have floating shelves, decorate them with colorful accents (like serveware, fake flowers, or knick-knacks). Or if you have cabinets with glass panes, you can add colorful accents there too. (You’ll just want to make sure the cabinet is tidy since you can see inside.)
- Update Your Backsplash
For the past few years, backsplashes have been pretty popular. From subway tile to geometric designs, this kitchen feature is a way to add personality and color. It’s also a great way to set your kitchen apart from other homes on the market.
But as much as we find the simple white subway tile looks clean and easy, it’s time to try something new like unique tile shapes. Go ahead and some dimension and style with a touch of charm to say a modern kitchen. We love this floral design or try out a hexagon or even herringbone pattern to break away from the subway tile tradition.
The nice thing about updating your kitchen backsplash is that you can DIY-it or hire a professional. Home improvement stores, like Lowes and Home Depot, carry many designs to make choosing and installing your new backsplash easy.
- Mix & Freshen Up Hardware
Who says hardware has to be the same. Go for a mix of handles and knobs in the same color tone for a subtle twist on the conventional. Hardware replacement is very economical and super easy to replace and instantly can update a cabinet or drawer in a matter of minutes!
We love the all-white kitchen with black hardware – the reverse of what was trending in 2018. Use matte black hardware to invigorate your design as if it was a new neutral.
- Bring in Plants & Greenery
Even if you weren’t looking for ways to update your kitchen, we would still suggest you add plants to this room. Their gorgeous leaves add color, give off positive vibes, and make you feel happy when you walk in the room.
If you aren’t a fan of plants, consider adding herbs to your window sill. Not only does basil, thyme, or rosemary smell good, they’re also great to have on hand when cooking.
- Hang Some Art
Artwork is good in any room of your home, especially your kitchen. And because art is truly different from person to person, you can have fun selecting pieces that make you feel happy when you see them.
You also have plenty of mediums to choose from: canvas, framed prints, wooden signs, kids’ art, and more. When showing your home, you might opt for neutral pieces so as not to stand out but still had something to your walls.
- Hang Window Treatments
Want to make your kitchen feel extra homey? Add valances, tiered curtains, or a pull-down shade to your kitchen window.
This makes looking out the window all the more appealing. And by getting prospective home buyers to look out the window, they can start to envision watching their kids play in the yard while making dinner or baking cookies.
- Buy Fun Canisters
Another way to add color and pattern to your kitchen is to buy fun canisters and place them on the countertops. From animal shapes to solid colors, you have a lot of options that will add personality and fun to your counters.
- Install Floating Shelves
Floating shelves are a great way to add extra storage and eye-catching appeal to your walls. Even if you don’t think you need them for dishes or stemware, you can still install them for another place to add photos, flowers, or canisters.
Floating shelves come in a variety of styles and colors. So whether your decor is farmhouse or french country, you’ll be able to find something that fits in perfectly.
- Add an Island
Homebuyers are wanting larger kitchen islands as this feature of the kitchen is becoming the NEW dining area in most homes fitting up to 6 counter or bar height stools. Kitchen islands also make the kitchen appear spacious, which adds more value to your home. And while you might think installing an island is costly, you’d be surprised at how budget-friendly this simple update can be.
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