All the research and studies point to the the same thing: the kitchen is almost always the room in a home that is most likely to sell a house.

Of course, there are a lot of other factors but it is the kitchen – the proverbial heart of the home – that has become the focus of modern family life.

So, whether you are looking to sell your home, or you have purchased an investment property and you are looking to make it more appealing to prospective tenants, you could definitely use some kitchen remodelling ideas.

The heart of the home, the kitchen has become a main focus of modern family life.

A kitchen upgrade can be a strategic move to add resale value to any property.

Here’s how to do it.

modern kitchen

Power of a first impression

Everybody knows that first impressions are important. If you are trying to sell a property, you literally have the matter of minutes that a viewing takes to make a good impression.

Some of the steps you can take to ensure your property ‘wows’ are tried and tested and nothing more than common sense. It needs to be spotlessly clean and tidy – show home level – and you should do all you can to clear clutter away and make the property feel as spacious and airy as possible.

cameo kitchen

What catches the eye most in a kitchen?

Various aspects of a kitchen can catch the eye: from stylish plate racks to a bold back wall; or handy lower cabinets, impressive stainless steel appliances and plenty of storage space – there are many things that can cause nodding glances of approval.

Attention will naturally be drawn to the kitchen space, but when it comes to the power of a first impression, there is possibly nothing more powerful than kitchen doors.

What makes a kitchen appealing?

There is much more to a kitchen’s appeal than its doors. The amount of natural light is important, of course. Similarly, the space it offers will always be of paramount importance.

Work surfaces such as granite countertops and quartz countertops are a genuine plus point.

A focal point, such as a farmhouse sink or a kitchen island, are features that a lot of prospective buyers might be looking for.

In the same way, a range of other elements, like a tile backsplash, upper cabinets, open shelving, or a breakfast nook, could be on individual buyer’s wish lists.

But none of these elements will ever secure a sale on their own.

green kitchen doors

How important are kitchen doors?

Our eyes are always drawn to the biggest block of colour and design in the kitchen. And in any kitchen, that is the style, colour, and finish of the kitchen doors.

If you are considering a kitchen renovation for resale, the choice of colour and style for your kitchen door upgrade is very important.

Choosing the right style

Once you have realised the importance of kitchen doors in the overall perception of any kitchen, the next dilemma is to make sure that you choose the right style for your kitchen door upgrade.

If you want a kitchen makeover, kitchen remodel ideas usually centre on whether you want modern kitchen doors that fit in well with contemporary trends – or a more traditional, classic, and timeless look.

If you want an appealing blend of classic charm and modern functionality, traditional kitchens are a great choice of style for any kitchen makeover or kitchen remodelling project.

Material matters

Explain the benefits of different materials, such as high gloss and matte finishes, and their impact on resale value.

High gloss gives an ultra-modern look that will ensure the kitchen looks fresh for years to come – and will help to bounce light around the room. Similarly, Gloss Acrylic Colours also deliver a highly contemporary and on trend look with their reflective surfaces.

One the other hand, while an old-fashioned style of kitchen is not so popular these days, you can still opt for something a bit more traditional that is timeless and no less impressive.

The Luxury Shaker and Signature Smooth Shaker styles never go out of fashion. And a Solid Oak kitchen never loses it appeal.

red kitchen

Colour and Finish

The most popular colour choices for kitchens have long been:

  1. White
  2. Black
  3. Grey
  4. Green
  5. Blue

This is useful because it gives us an insight into modern trends and preferences.

It’s probably no surprise to see white at the top of the list. White is a timeless choice for kitchen doors and units. With any kitchen remodelling ideas or kitchen renovation, white is always a sound and safe bet.

White accentuates whatever natural light you have in the kitchen and will make any space look bigger. Creating more space is an obvious factor that can influence a sale.

White is light and bright and looks classic and traditional, as well as ultra-modern and contemporary. It’s the perfect complement.

It also works well as a blank canvas. If prospective buyers want to stamp their own personality on the kitchen in the future, they can.

grey kitchen

Other things to consider about colour

From subway tile backsplashes to pops of colour on walls, white will accentuate any design choice in a contemporary kitchen.

Although very much on trend, black kitchens don’t work well in every space, and they remain a bit ‘Marmite’. A love-or-hate choice probably isn’t the best option if you are thinking of selling your property.

But grey, green, and blue cabinet doors are a bit more understated – and all have bags of contemporary appeal.

Functionality meets aesthetics

With all kitchen remodelling ideas and kitchen makeovers, there is an important balance to be struck.

You need to balance the functionality of a kitchen renovation with the aesthetics of the kitchen makeover

Practicality and functionality are vital because, after all, your kitchen is not a show home; it’s a busy space where lots of day-to-day activity is going to take place.

gloss kitchen

The kitchen needs to be a practical space

The modern family kitchen is a busy space. There is no point it looking wonderful if it’s not practical to be in.

Only you can make the final judgements that need to be made, depending on individual circumstances.

But, for example, handleless doors are a great option for convenience. If there are going to be little ones running around the home, a handleless kitchen can be great choice as the temptation of kids to pull handles on drawers and doors is avoided.

And they can’t bang their heads on a handle that isn’t there!

However, high gloss is always the best choice – unless you want to spend a lot of time wiping away finger prints and marks.

Installation and Maintenance

If you are investing in any type of kitchen makeover, you need to ensure that it’s money well spent.

Choice of style and colour is vital, of course, but you also need to make sure that everything is installed correctly and that the kitchen is maintained well.

This ensures longevity for the kitchen remodel and sustains its value.

corner cabinet

Easy assembly and installation

All Kitchen Warehouse kitchen doors and kitchen units are delivered flat-packed with easy-to-follow assembly instructions. Nothing should be beyond the capability of anybody with a basic level of DIY prowess.

However, if you lack confidence in DIY, it’s never a bad idea to enlist the help of family and friends – or to hire a professional to install the kitchen for you.

Keep on top of cleaning your kitchen doors

Advice about how to best maintain doors and kitchens differs slightly according to the choice of material – but ultimately, as with anything around the home, the best way to maintain doors and units is to keep on top of things.

For example, wiping clean spills as and when they occur. Don’t wait months and months for dirt and grime to accumulate and then attempt a deep clean.

It’ll only make the job harder the longer you leave it!

Final thoughts

At the end of the day, kitchen makeovers are simply for those who want to give their kitchen a bit of a refresh. But if you are looking to sell, kitchen modelling ideas take on a greater importance.

Investing in kitchen door upgrades and a carefully considered kitchen makeover makes complete sense.

It’s a smart financial decision for homeowners who are looking to sell.

Get in touch with the Kitchen Warehouse team if you have any questions about a kitchen makeover.