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The Top 5 Most Requested Kitchen Upgrades


A beautiful, functional and updated kitchen can bring joy to you and your family and increase the value of your home. Whether you are looking for inspiration, or wondering how to best invest your money in your kitchen, our list of the top five most requested kitchen upgrades is sure to point you in the right direction.

New Kitchen Countertops

Want to completely change the look of your kitchen? Update the countertops. With the current focus on both beauty and utility, we are seeing homeowners move away from high maintenance materials like marble. More durable surfaces such as quartz are hugely popular because they look great, cost less and won’t stain. And countertops aren’t always white anymore! We love the trend toward dark, contrasting countertops that look great when paired with lighter shades in the rest of the kitchen. Butcher block countertops are also a major trend right now. They are a perfect way to add a warm, natural feel to any kitchen, and they are easy to maintain.   

Add A Kitchen Island

Many homeowners put a kitchen island at the top of their wishlist. It’s not surprising, because a kitchen island adds so much to the space: more room to prep meals, additional spots for seating and dining, and tons of storage underneath. Adding a sink on a kitchen island is a great way to make room for two cooks in the kitchen, or just create a more functional flow to the room. When space allows, consider double kitchen islands – they are practical and unexpected.  

More Kitchen Storage

No one wants to keep their blender in the coat closet. Having ample kitchen storage is a practical kitchen upgrade that will also cut down on countertop clutter. Of course, the addition of a kitchen island is a great way to increase storage. Adding a kitchen larder or pantry to store dry goods is also a wonderful way to free up cabinet space for dishes and small appliances. Open shelving is another big storage trend right now, and it’s a great way to show off your pretty dishes or glassware.

Unexpected Color

The all white kitchen had a really good run, but many homeowners are moving away from this trend, and using lots of color in unexpected places. Two-toned kitchen cabinets are popular, as well as bright, bold statement tiles on the floor or backsplash. Colorful ranges instead of the standard stainless steel are very hot right now. We are even seeing show-stopping range hoods that are brightly colored or designed with unexpected materials. A little bit (or a lot) of color in the kitchen goes a long way for homeowners who want to show off their personality.   

Beautiful Kitchen Lighting

A well-lit kitchen doesn’t just look great, it is easy to work and live in. And the best part is, we don’t have to rely on boring recessed lighting to get us there. From sleek, modern pendants, to glamorous chandeliers, nothing is off-limits in the kitchen any more. For added interest, use multiple types of lighting fixtures that share a common shape or finish.

With the right upgrades to your kitchen, you can add value to your home, and make it more beautiful and functional. To speak with an expert about your home renovation ideas, contact CQC Home today.