5 Timeless Features that Will Never Go Out of Style
The Beatles, Denim, Men in Suits… some things are here to stay. A kitchen remodel can be expensive, and with the average of homeowner spending a little over $20,000 (homeadvisor.com) it’s best to chose features that will retain their value and marketability as other trends go out of style. Following are five timeless features that will look great in any kitchen.
Paint it White – While it isn’t the most exciting color, white is both budget friendly and timeless. It frequently appears atop lists as the most desirable color for kitchens, a big bonus for future marketability. Often commended by color therapists for its effects on mood and happiness, it will make your kitchen feel both larger and brighter. Plus nowhere for dirt to hide!
Carrara Marble for the Counters – Quartz and Granite have both been in vogue for some time now, and there’s no denying that they are both great options. That being said, Carrara marble is a great choice for the budget conscious homeowner looking for a more original countertop style. The biggest knock on marble in the past has been its vulnerability to staining, however, if you reseal once or twice a year that concern is easily banished. If taken care of properly, marble will last forever and only increase in visual character as it ages.
Hardwood Floors – Hardwood is a big one, it looks great and is considered one of the most desirable features by homeowners. It’s durable, timeless, and versatile. Hardwood will add warmth and a more “homey” inviting feel to your kitchen. It’s also a great investment. According to a 2013 survey conducted by National Association of Realtors buyers, on average, said they would be willing to pay just over $2000 more for a home with hardwood flooring. Furthermore, buyers surveyed in the northeast assigned more value to hardwood flooring than buyers in any other region in the country.
Shaker Style Cabinets – Few home design features are as ubiquitous as shaker style cabinets. The simple panel and frame design lends an unobtrusive elegance allowing for your personal design feature eccentricities to take center stage. The most popular kitchen style currently is a transitional one. These cabinets make it easy to blend the traditional with a more unique and modern look.
LED Ambient Lighting – This one may be a bit of a reach as “timeless”. However, given their affordability, popularity, and efficiency LED lighting seems to have what it takes to become a kitchen design staple for years to come. LEDs are cooler than incandescents so they serve well as under-cabinet or recessed lighting. The best fixtures are dimmable so lighting can be adjusted to fit any mood or occasion.