The rise of crazier, more creative cooking shows and those cute, five-minute recipe videos on social media has awakened the majority of the population’s culinary inclinations. More and more people are flocking to their kitchens with the intention of actually cooking rather than just raiding the fridge. The collective movement towards health and weight loss has encouraged people to start preparing their own meals. Thanks to this, hundreds of dollars are invested in raw ingredients and kitchen redesign ventures.
If you’re thinking of jumping in on this trend, you should. After all, redesigning your home can be a very smart investment rather than an expense. There are certain [rooms and areas you can remodel](https://www.bldgpros.com/5-summertime-remodels-that-will-boost-your-homes-value/) to add to your property’s overall market value. And, yes—upgrading your kitchen is one of them.
According to Interior Designer Nate Berkus, a “larger kitchen” is what many buyers really look for when they’re house shopping. Which makes sense, if you think about it. After all, most homeowners naturally want as much space as possible: big bedrooms, spacious dining areas, and roomy bathrooms. However, a sizeable kitchen is *especially* coveted, as it’s universally [considered the most valuable room](https://www.independent.co.uk/property/the-kitchen-is-now-the-most-valuable-room-in-the-house-8869258.html) in the house.
Expanding your kitchen is one sure-fire investment that will pay off—*exponentially!*—in the long run. The best part is that you don’t necessarily have to add on top of the house’s existing square footage just to get a bigger kitchen. Expansion can be as simple as knocking down a wall that separates the kitchen from an adjoining room or installing wide-glass windows to create the illusion of space.
You can also opt for an open floor plan, using kitchen counters and cabinets instead of walls and doors to indicate the area. This is an especially attractive option for people looking to improve the natural flow of the house’s layout.
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Swapping out all of your existing appliances for sleeker, techier, and more cohesive models may be the priciest kitchen remodel investment, but it’s *also* the most lucrative. Dated, mismatched pieces can make even the most modern areas look cheap and cobbled together. You want to install appliances that have the same color, finish, and style. They don’t necessarily have to be from the same brand, but they should *definitely* feel like they are.
A kitchen will also look classier and more expensive if all the appliances in it appear to be from the same suit. After all, uniformity and cohesiveness are very attractive in a kitchen. Top-of-the-line ranges, refrigerators, cooktops, and dishwashers can also increase the functionality of the room—and thereby its value—tenfold.
The thing about colors, designs, patterns, and textures is that they go in and out of style. What’s considered trendy and the height of aesthetic brilliance *now* can become horrendously tacky five, ten years down the line. Ergo, picking bold colors or 80’s-esque diner patterns for your kitchen redesign isn’t really in your best interest. You might love how that millennial pink looks splashed in every corner of your kitchen, but potential buyers may not share the sentiment.
Going with a more neutral palette for major surfaces in your kitchen—such as walls, countertops, and floorings—may prove to be a more financially sound decision. It may seem dull or colorless, but neutrals are more universally accepted. Regardless of personal color preference, many people find themselves loving—or, at the very least, accepting—a clean, minimalist look. If you must have color, opt to add complementing pieces instead that can easily be swapped out.
If you’re not sure how you want your kitchen remodeling to go, [here’s a great, beginner-friendly guide on where to start](https://www.bldgpros.com/i-want-to-remodel-my-kitchen-where-do-i-start/). After all, this isn’t something you can do spur of the moment. If you want it to pay off eventually, every aspect of your kitchen remodel must be carefully thought through.