By Candis Meredith
By now, most buyers and sellers know that the kitchen is essentially the most important room in the house. It makes the biggest difference where market value and profit are concerned, has some of the most major influence when buyers are considering what they want in a home and is also one of the most reliable rooms to invest in when considering a rehab or an upgrade to a home.
Every design factor in a home’s kitchen plays into the overall feel of the house and its potential resale value. Whether you are in the process of flipping a home or otherwise have found yourself with a home that still has an older kitchen interior, you will eventually have to decide whether you are going to scrap those cabinets and kick that kitchen up a notch or make the most of some styling, vintage accessories to play up the nostalgic, cutesy kitchen ambiance.
Reasons to Consider an Upgrade
Modernizing a kitchen space is one of the fastest and most strategic ways to invest in a home, since a kitchen is often the most used space in any house and will be almost always ready for an upgrade. Tired kitchen cabinets can make the whole room into a bore, unfortunately, but a simple cabinetry face lift can do wonders for an aged, weathered space.
Professional cabinetry can add a touch of pizzazz that almost nothing – save for maybe an appliance overhaul – in the kitchen can equal. Dated stains or paints, interior wear or old cabinet liners and even old-fashioned fixtures or handles can make kitchen cabinets look like they belong to a much older home. Reinventing a kitchen with sleek, new storage spaces, modern hardware and a polished appearance can bring a kitchen into the modern age in a dramatic way.
Buyers who love a modern look will fall for a kitchen cabinet upgrade every time, but there are also those who will be head over heels for a kitchen that retains the authenticity of its old-fashioned woodwork.
Why to Keep it Cutesy
While a kitchen update is appropriate in some situations, not everyone likes a modern look. If upgrading the kitchen will make that room stand out unusually from the rest of the house, then it may not be for you. Designs and decor that rock a cutesy kitchen, and the cabinets that go along with it, are plentiful and popular, including a French country farmhouse theme or even a rustic woodland lodge scheme. Keeping it cutesy in the kitchen is one way to incorporate a vintage or old-timey ambiance into your home as a whole.
Take the cutesy to a whole new level by replacing your kitchen cabinet handles, knobs or drawer pulls with vintage accessories that give the room a rustic feel, match the appliances or complement the cabinet color or stain. Even a simple hardware upgrade like this can help pull a kitchen together and give a more cohesive vibe.
Whether you decide to modernize or aim for a classic look, a change in kitchen cabinetry is one weekend project (or a several weekends long project) that is worth the effort.