4 kitchen renovation trends that add value

For anyone who didn’t know: A kitchen remodel can add a substantial return on your investment. If you're looking to sell up in the near future, or simply want to add a bit more value to your property, completing a kitchen renovation could make all the difference to those final figures.

4 kitchen renovation trends that add value

Before drawing up the plans to your new luxury kitchen suite, browse through our guide to this year's top renovation trends and craft a space that's perfect for both cooking and socialising.

1. Update worktops with engineered quartz

Marble, granite, and slate have long been the go-to materials for worktop upgrades, but they’re joined this year by quartz. Engineered quartz offers the ageless look of a natural stone material and yet is made even more alluring thanks to its low maintenance properties.

This composite is crafted from approximately 90% natural quartz and therefore glitters with the crystalline details usually found in this mineral. The remaining 10% includes a blend of pigments, resin, and polymers that create a sleek, pore-free worktop. This kitchen renovation update offers many practical benefits sure to tempt the pragmatic chef, including its scratch-resistant and anti-bacterial qualities.

2. Decorate with natural neutrals

Rather than adding a pop of colour to your kitchen, consider instead stripping the paint away to reveal the raw beauty beneath. Opt for a simple neutral colour palette to match a selection of warm and natural materials, like exposed brick, metal piping and timber.

Wood is a timeless central material to incorporate into your kitchen design. You can integrate natural wooden materials easily – look for reclaimed pine shelving, mahogany bar stools, or a laminated cherry worktop. This material also falls right in line with the perennially popular Scandinavian minimalism trend.

3. Appeal to the amateur chef with stylish cookers

Design a kitchen fit for avid foodies with a modern range cooker. Though it may seem like a kitchen renovation basic, a new range cooker lends both style and substance to your space that frequently doubles as both a practical area and an entertainment hub. Top-of-the-line models like the Wolf dual fuel range cooker offer extra features like an inbuilt pizza stone and griddle pan, while the retro-styled Delonghi Vintage 90 range adds cast iron wok supports to its five gas burners and multiple ovens. An impressive range cooker is an investment that adds substantial long-term value to a kitchen, particularly in today’s era of television chefs.

4. Leap into the future with smart appliances

We’ve noted that high-tech appliances were a prime component of 2016’s dream kitchen, and this year our cooking spaces are getting even smarter. This type of kitchen renovation can be easily adjusted to scale – you can completely redo the room with all-new stainless steel appliances, or simply add a feature here and there. Touch-free faucets and Wi-Fi connected refrigerators provide futuristic flair and practical benefits.

Everything from your oven to your digital scales can be connected to Bluetooth and monitored remotely, making kitchen tasks a breeze. Rather than tucking your appliances out of sight, these bold pieces are made to be left out front and centre. Look for futuristic designs that enhance a sleek and seamless aesthetic.

Undertaking a kitchen remodel is a time-honoured way to give any home a face-lift. By incorporating this year’s standout kitchen renovation trends – blending natural materials with next-level technology – you’ll be able to create a truly standout space.

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