A quick way to update a kitchen to charm potential buyers? Try going bold with a splash of a saturated hue, like a kitchen island painted yellow, Sunset magazine suggests.
But its list of 15 ideas also includes going subtle, such as installing understated Shaker style cabinetry in bleached wood.
If redoing the cabinetry or painting a showroom or model home is out of the budget (or timeline), quick fixes include industrial lighting to accessorize, or high-end bronze bar stools for a touch of glam.
In a world of white kitchens, a broad stroke of color surprises. Try it on just the lower cabinets or the island, as in this Seattle kitchen by JAS Design Build (jasdesignbuild.com), to give the room a shot of energy. In open-floor plans, it helps to select a color that continues your home’s palette for a blended look. If making the kitchen stand out is your goal, choose a saturated hue, but keep the other elements subdued or raw to showcase your choice. Good news: Painting your cabinets is a project you can do yourself to save money (but plan for more than a weekend’s worth of work). Get full directions at sunset.com/cabinets.
An interior window framed in steel lets light pass between the kitchen and dining room—and brings an industrial quality to the design, as do the bracketed metal shelves hung over it.
See all 15 Kitchen Trends in a slideshow at http://www.sunset.com/home/architecture-design/kitchen-trends.