Spring will be upon us before we know it. As most of you know, Judy Niemeyer is a name that is recognized as an agent who knows the market in Fairhope, Montrose, Daphne, Spanish Fort and of course Point Clear. Locals call this area, the Eastern Shore of Alabama. My real estate career began in 1979, and oh how our homes have changed since then. Gold and green were the main colors back in 1979 and wallpaper was big. Wallpaper is coming back and I thought I would never say that. White is big and neutral is the new game in town. Accessories are being used to add the warmth.
If you are ready to make a change in your home, you may ask “Where should I start?” Most people like to start in the kitchen and Judy says YES!!!. Step back and give your kitchen a critical eye. Start pulling up suggestions either from internet sites such as Pinterest or Houzz, magazines, or even open houses in newer neighborhoods. If you need an outside eye, consult a kitchen designer but first think of budget. Get a notebook and start making a plan!
Appliances always show age, especially stoves. If you’ve had yours for years, go out and buy a new one. This is one of least expensive changes in a kitchen and makes an easy and immediate impact. Stainless has been popular for many years and still seems to be in style. Gas stoves are very popular and are favored by people who love to cook. Cabinet depth refrigerators certainly enhance the look of a kitchen, but they are usually more expensive.
Cabinets designs are simpler than they used to be. Shaker or slab doors are currently in style and present a clean and sleek look. In most cases, just replacing doors and adding hidden hinges will make a tremendous difference. Paint instead of stain is currently more common. Pull-outs shelves and Lazy Susan corners are a great way of utilizing your storage space if you are getting all new cabinets. Keep your kitchen color scheme as neutral as possible. Color can be added by using art and accessories.
Simple lines are fashionable. Lighting needs to flow. Quartz on countertops is used more today instead of granite or marble due to its versatility and resilience. Some people add depth to the countertop to create an additional dining space. Choose a simple backsplash but also keep it neutral. You do not want the updates to go out of style. I love a separated farm sink. If you replace the countertops, then choose a neat sink.
It can be tough to choose hardware that compliments your overall design. If your cabinet design is simple, stick with a simple pull. When choosing a faucet, consider spout height, pull down vs conventional, single vs. multiple handles and finish. Single handles are much more convenient to use as you can control with one hand. I recommend buying one that is easy to maintain. Pay for quality but easy maintenance.
Take your breakfast area and make it happy with comfortable chairs. This is a great gathering spot in a kitchen.
Updated kitchens bring a wow to a home. Have fun with the updates but remember start with a budget.