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How to Keep Your Kitchen From Looking Dated

by John Wann 07/11/2022

Unfortunately, some trends do not keep their appeal long-term. If you’re designing your kitchen based on popular past trends, you might find yourself stuck with a dated aesthetic years later. Sometimes, dated kitchen features can even work against you when selling your home. If you’re putting your house on the market and considering some kitchen updates, here are some good places to start:

Granite Countertops

Granite countertops have been a standard in kitchen design for a long time. However, today’s homebuyers tend to prefer other materials like marble or concrete. Butcher block or vinyl imitation wood are also great options if you want to replace your granite for something more up-to-date.

Traditional Wood Cabinets

Traditional style wooden cabinets are becoming less popular. One reason is how much space they can take up compared to more modern shelving solutions. Cherry-colored cabinetry, in particular, is a good trend to avoid, as it can seriously date your entire kitchen.

Dark Colors

Dark colors, both for walls and wood finishes, were all the rage for quite some time. These days, the trend is fading in favor of lighter, brighter color schemes for kitchens. Darker colors can make a space appear smaller and more cramped, which is never ideal in a kitchen. Lighten up your dark walls or wood finishes and create some extra space.

DIY Backsplashes

A kitchen backsplash is a popular place to show your creativity and test your DIY skills. However, they can also distract and send the wrong message to potential homebuyers. Consider replacing your self-installed tile or custom painted backsplash with something simple with universal appeal.

Overly Ornate Details

Ornate details are another thing that can date your kitchen and cause a distraction to potential buyers. Things like intricate trim designs, ornate handle pulls or overly decorative wood accents can make your kitchen look busy to those who prefer a simpler style. Try going for clean lines and classic shapes instead to make a better impression.

Some trends are here to stay while others fade quickly. Some style choices you thought would last forever might be better replaced with something new. Keep these ideas in mind and consult a real estate professional or home stager to find the best way to update your kitchen for potential buyers.

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John Wann

My name is John Wann. And I have never sold anyone a home. 

What I have done is introduce people to houses, a community and one of the most beautiful areas of the country that I think they will love.

Frankly, there is a lot to love in this mountain area west of Denver. 

Yes, I am in sales. Of course. I have been in professional sales for more than 30 years and, more importantly, I have lived in the Evergreen area for more than 27 years. 

In short, I know the territory. 

I moved here from Atlanta, Georgia and never looked back. Every drive back “up the hill” from Denver feels like I am about to go on vacation. Again. That’s not a feeling you can get in many places in this world.

To be sure, I have intimate knowledge of the real estate here. But more, I know this community. 

If you're looking for a great restaurant with a cozy, mountain atmosphere. Just ask me. If you're looking for something less sedate, well, I know those places too. And I also know a lot of great hiking trails.

I am a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and a Certified Mountain Area Specialist. If you're coming from another part of the country that may not mean much to you, but I can help you avoid the pitfalls and understand the quirks of buying a home in the mountains. 

For people who are new to the area, this can ensure that you can find real happiness in a home here.

Simply, buying a house in the mountains is not the same as buying a house in Kansas City or Chicago.

For example, it makes little difference if you buy a south-facing house in Texas. But in the mountains, it can make all the difference between whether you get to your garage in winter or not.

Paying attention to such things and 100 others can ensure that you love your mountain home. Love your new community. And love the joys of mountain living. 

For me, it’s a privilege to pass along such insights.