Other key trends to look out for include the popularity of two-tone coloured units, with blue and green hues often taking centre stage. Statement lighting, vibrant accents and clever storage solutions are everywhere, and as we all look for ways to be more eco-friendly, sustainable building materials are in demand too. ‘Today’s kitchens must both look good and perform superbly – one does not exist without the other – because they are always on duty and always visible,’ Charlie reasons. Given the fact that it’s one of the most-used rooms, it’s hardly surprising that kitchens can have a huge impact on property prices. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) say that it can add as much as 4% to the value on your home, and in line with this, the National Association for Estate Agents (NAEA) advise that if your budget can stretch to renovating one room only, it should be the kitchen. ‘The trophy kitchen has a major photogenic impact and appeal to prospective buyers on a property advert,’ explains Miles Shipside, Rightmove’s property expert. This means that if you’re looking to sell your home, it could be time to give the kitchen a bit of a make-over. ‘It has to be generic enough to suit the tastes of prospective buyers. It’s often more about the space rather than the contents. Open-plan layouts are now very much in demand, and knocking through to an adjoining room to create a large family room or kitchen-diner can prove more cost effective than extending,’ Miles advises. Smaller, but well done, changes, such as repainting the cupboards and walls and putting down new flooring, can have just as big an impact. The demands of everyday life mean that we’re constantly on the go, but the kitchen is often the one room in the house where everyone comes together. This means that it’s likely to be high on the priority lists of buyers, so if you’re looking to sell your home, it could be worth giving your kitchen a new lease of life first. ABOVE: Kitchens have become a godsend during lockdown LEFT: Kitchens like the Pimlico range by Ledbury Studio can add plenty of value to your home N Yorkshire Life: October 2020 155
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