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Trends and Tips for Kitchen Design

Mother and daughter in their trendy new kitchen

Having a brand new kitchen can refresh the overall look of your home, providing a better living experience for you and your family. Aside from being an excellent way to enhance your living space, remodeling your kitchen also adds precious value to your home, with 53.9% to 77.6% cost recovery when you sell.

However, planning is key. Don't rush into the process. In order to save time and money, you should learn about each kitchen style, what it offers and which one works best for your home. Keep these points in mind when choosing a kitchen design:

  • Think about how you use your kitchen and who spends time in the room.
  • Decide on the items you absolutely need versus the items you simply want.
  • Look at other homes in the neighborhood for resale value. You will get a higher percentage return on your investment (ROI) if you keep your remodeling budget and style close to other homes in the neighborhood.

To choose a kitchen style, you really need to ask yourself how the room will be used, what personality it should have and what the rest of the house looks like. All elements of your new kitchen should complement the existing ones, and the kitchen should fit in comfortably with the rest of your home.

How will I pay for my new kitchen?

This is the big question. So, what comes next is looking at your options for paying for your new kitchen. What can propel you in your decision-making regarding cost is remembering that you can expect to spend 5% to 15% of your home's value on your kitchen remodel. 

You do want to be cost-conscious, but select what you like. After all, you will be the one using the kitchen so you should be happy with the final result. A well-designed kitchen is a perfect project to finance with a home equity loan. Discover Home Loans offers home equity loans that start at $35,000 and go up to $200,000, do not charge fees and have very flexible terms.

See our infographic below to get some ideas and inspiration from the top trends in kitchen remodeling design, including: country, modern, minimalist, the gourmet and the sleek/high-end. But, most important, it will give you pointers on how to add the most value in whatever you choose. Enjoy the journey!

Kitchen design trends and tips infographic


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