Ask a real estate expert how to add value to your home, and they’ll likely advise you to upgrade your kitchen. As one of the most well-loved, well-used rooms in a home, the kitchen can make a big impression on potential buyers—for better or worse. If your kitchen looks dingy or outdated, consider these five renovations to make it a more modern, appealing space.
1. Replace Your Old Appliances
Installing new appliances will automatically make your kitchen feel more finished and upscale with little-to-no construction required. Try to stay within the same suite of products to create a more cohesive look. If your budget doesn’t allow you to replace more than one or two appliances at a time, opt for whichever will add the most functionality to your kitchen. For most people, this is usually a dishwasher, range, or cooktop.
2. Change The Backsplash
A great backsplash can add a lot to the look and feel of your kitchen. Be careful not to commit to an overly specific aesthetic, like Moroccan tile, which may not fit a buyer’s taste and is likely to go out of style at some point. Instead, stick with materials that are both modern and timeless. White subway tile, white marble, travertine, and mosaic tile all fit the bill. Their neutral tones will also help the room appear bigger and brighter.
It sounds simple, but repainting goes a long way in making a room feel fresh and updated. From bright and airy light gray to a sophisticated navy, you can say a lot with paint color—so choose one that reflects the style and mood you’re trying to achieve. Lighter colors generally make a room look bigger and more open while darker colors lend a warmer, more intimate feel. Painting a single statement wall can also add personality without the commitment (and hard work) it takes to paint the entire room. If you can’t choose, a fresh coat of white paint always looks good.
4. Install New Flooring
Kitchens are no longer the small, isolated spaces they once were. More people use their kitchens as spaces for gathering and entertaining than ever before. That’s why it’s important to focus on upgrades that make a big impact on the look of your kitchen. Replacing an old or outdated kitchen floor with hardwood or even a nice-looking faux hardwood can make a big difference in creating an appealing space that you (and potential buyers) can feel good about bringing guests into.
5. Update The Cabinets
Replacing or even applying a fresh coat of paint to old and worn cabinets will immediately give your kitchen a facelift. Since cabinets occupy a lot of surface area, they’ll play a big role in determining the overall style of your kitchen. For instance, the clean lines of a plank cabinet will look more modern while classic frame-and-panel doors will give your kitchen a more traditional feel. Potential buyers look for versatility in a kitchen, so stick with neutral materials and colors. Check out HGTV’s guide to cabinets for more—there’s a lot to know!