By Candis Meredith
Choosing the right style for a renovated kitchen can be really challenging. After all, you want the people who buy the house to be impressed with all of the cool upgrades you made during the renovation process. At the same time, you don’t want to disrespect the architecture and history of the house, and you definitely don’t want it to look inconsistent, like you just dropped a contemporary kitchen in the middle of this beautiful old home. So what can you do? Here are a few of my favorite tips for choosing the right kitchen for just about any old home renovation.
Consider Your Home’s Architecture
Remember, the people who buy old houses usually find a lot of value in their traditional and original looks and styles. If you’re restoring or renovating a New England colonial home, you might want to go with a more formal and traditional kitchen. If you’re renovating an old wood home with lots of rustic appeal, bring that into the kitchen, as well.
Open Versus Closed Kitchens
A lot of newer styles of homes have open floor plans with the living room and kitchen incorporated into a large, open great room. That’s not the case with a lot of older homes, so you’ll usually be working with a closed kitchen. I don’t like knocking out walls in old homes to open up the kitchens, and I think that closed kitchens have their own charm and can work really well with older houses.
Another benefit to keeping the kitchen closed is that you get a lot more freedom to choose the style of the kitchen. In a closed kitchen, stainless steel and industrial appliances won’t look strange because you’re working with a room all to itself. In a more open layout, you’re going to need to bring the style of the rest of the house into the kitchen.
Consider Your Countertops
Countertops are one of the most essential parts of any kitchen, and they can make or break the style of a renovation. You don’t ever want to choose that cheap laminate-over-particleboard material that you see in so many houses built in the last few decades. It looks cheap in the best situations, and it’ll look really out of place in a renovation like this.
Unfortunately, some of the other more common choices for countertops can also look odd when placed in a Victorian or other older home. I like timeless materials, like copper or the right shade of marble, but every home is different. You’ll need to consider how dark or light your cabinets are going to be, as well, since you don’t want to go with all dark colors that will sap the light out of the room.
You Can’t Go Wrong With a White Kitchen
If you’re still having trouble, when in doubt, go with white. White is a classic color for any kitchen. White cabinets with a light gray tile backsplash, a simple black countertop, and black pulls and handles for cabinets and drawers will give you a classic look with an updated feel that will work for almost any closed kitchen. Plus, with all that white, the room will feel brighter and larger, which is always a plus.
So there are my top four tips for choosing the style of the kitchen for your old home renovation. These tips will help you choose a style that works with the house and that won’t inject too much of your personality into the house, which can make it harder to sell. And, of course, they’ll allow you to make all of the modern upgrades that your buyers want to enjoy when they move in.