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Kitchen Remodeling Decisions You’ll Never Regret

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Kitchen Remodeling Decisions You’ll Never Regret

By: John Riha,  Houselogic

Afraid your kitchen remodeling choices will look so 2013-ish in a few years? Relax, we know how to make your kitchen timelessly gorgeous and functional.

We see lots of kitchen trends at HouseLogic, so we know it’s easy to get swept along with what’s in vogue, only to get bummed out by your faddish design choices a few years later. Thank you — and damn you — Pinterest.

But chances are you’re only going to remodel your current kitchen once. After all, the annual Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling magazine pegs the average price of a major kitchen remodel at about $54,000. With that much on the line, you want to make all the right moves. If you do, you could recoup nearly 70% of your investment if you sell.

So we’re here to future-proof you from angst by naming the seven definitive kitchen features that will retain their beauty, marketability, and value — all while giving you lasting enjoyment. 

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#1: White is the Dominant Color 

Bottom line: White is the most marketable color. You’ll always find it atop the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s annual survey of most popular kitchen colors. It simply doesn’t go out of style.

White’s mojo:

  • Throughout history, it’s been associated with happiness, purity (think Snow White), and new beginnings.
  • It’s a bright color that reflects light and makes even small kitchens feel larger.
  • It’s a neatnik’s dream — dirt has no place to hide.

Even better, it’s uber-tolerant of both your budget and taste: A standard color for any manufacturer, you’ll find white cabinets, tile, counters, faucets, sinks, and appliances at any price point.

And with a white backdrop, you can be as conservative or expressive as you want. After all, it’s about your enjoyment, not just dollars and cents. For example:

  • Add your personal touch with colored glass knobs and pulls.
  • Show off antique Fiesta ware on open shelves or in upper cabinets with glass fronts.
  • Paint walls the color du jour — even off-white!

Heck, with a white palette, you can change your mind about paint color on a whim. Those all-white basics will make any hue you choose look fresh and contemporary.

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Why White Kitchens Stand the Test of Time

By: John Riha, Houselogic

Kitchen fads come and go (RIP, avocado and harvest gold), but when it comes to enduring value, the white kitchen is champ. Here’s why.

If you’re ready for a major kitchen remodel, then you’re about to drop some serious cash. The Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling magazine says the average kitchen redo closes in on $54,000.

So how do you keep your expensive new kitchen from being the leisure suit of design, with an ROI that disappears faster than sour milk down a sink drain?

Two words: white kitchen. 

“White has stood the test of time because it’s clean and fresh,” says award-winning designer Mick de Giulio, of de Giulio Kitchen Design in Wilmette, Ill. “And those two words — clean and fresh — are classic words for describing a great kitchen. There isn’t a better way to approach design.”

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Classic and Timeless: The White Kitchen

By: John Riha, Houselogic

Want enduring, marketable good looks? You’ll never regret creating a great-looking white kitchen.

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5 Projects to Whiten and Brighten Your Kitchen
Published: June 04, 2013

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon, Houselogic

Here are fun, creative ways to add the timeless beauty of white to your kitchen.

When it comes to kitchen colors, white is always popular. A 2013 National Kitchen & Bath Association survey found that 67% of respondents would choose white kitchen cabinets over anything else, a 20% jump in the last two years.

Why white? It’s bright, goes with everything, and never falls out of style. And if you’re germ-a-phobic, white lets you easily see the dirt you’ll want to wipe away.

So we asked a few of our favorite bloggers to show how a little bright white perked up their tired kitchens. Their projects are clearly inspiring.

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Kitchen Makeover Goes White with Paint and Laminate

Published: June 12, 2013

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon, Houselogic

This fantastic kitchen gets a brand-new look using some low-cost upgrades.


White is always right in kitchens — clean, bright, a happy backdrop for a carousel of colorful accessories.

That’s why Emily, aka the blogosphere darling Decorchick!, upgraded her older oak kitchen cabinets, countertop, and beige-y finishes to 
bright white.

“We have our dreamy new white kitchen, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about it,” Emily says. “I seriously get giddy each time I walk into it.”

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