Trendy kitchens and bathrooms – What can they do for you?

The quality of a bathroom/kitchen can increase or decrease the value of a property so it’s essential to keep them up-to-date. They should be a space for relaxation and, for many, unwind after a long day. A potential buyer could easily be put off by a dated bathroom or kitchen as they may see this as an area where they would need to invest extra money in when purchasing a property.

Installing a new bathroom or kitchen is a big commitment. Any design choices will need to be lived with for several years, so it’s important not to be too easily influenced by current trends that can come and go (i.e. 1970s style avocado green bathroom suite). This month’s blog post covers our top tips on how you can improve kitchens and bathrooms with simple, cost-effective changes.

Let’s begin with kitchens…

A pop of colour

Adding a statement pop of colour to your kitchen can help modernise tired paintwork. This adds a sense of personality and character to your kitchen and reflects who you are within your home. Adding a fresh coat of paint to walls is a relatively inexpensive way to transform your kitchen. If you enjoy more intense colours, focus on painting one statement wall and keep the rest of the walls neutral so that the colour does not overpower the room.

Matte black appliances

No matter what colour your kitchen, matte black is a perfect contrast colour for your appliances –  including ovens, kettles, dishwashers and fridges. This helps to add a technological and futuristic feeling for your kitchen and can blend in with most interior design schemes.

Headless ventilation

Headless ventilation is something that many kitchen designers are now implementing into modern homes. It saves drawing unnecessary attention to less attractive features, such as your cooker hoods. It also means you have a much airier and open spaced kitchen.

Clutter-free surfaces

This idea of minimalism is huge in all areas of the house and there is no exception for the kitchen! Take a leaf out of famous tidier, Marie Kondo, who preaches about storage and keeping only what you need. If you have an excessive amount of tabletop appliances then narrow it down – if things such as electrical appliances are old and not working as well as they used to, get rid of them too.

Tons of texture

This is a simple yet highly effective way to keep your kitchen visually pleasing. Having a variety of textures works to add dimension to the room and can include wooden counters, glass splash backs and tile flooring. 

Open-plan living

If you are someone who has watched the show ‘World’s Most Extraordinary Homes’, many modern homes have open-plan kitchens combined with living rooms so that families can enjoy spending more time together in one space. ‘Broken-plan’ layouts are becoming increasingly popular – by adding bookcases, screens or half-walls creates distinct areas within a kitchen for eating/socialising.

Darker floors

Adding darker floor tiles or wooden flooring can create a sleeker and chicer kitchen. Having chestnut or ebony wood floors, or grey/black tiles is the way forward. Marble flooring can add make an impactful statement, however, if marble tiles are out of budget, why not take a look at marble- effect tiles?

 

Next up is bathrooms…

Don’t be tempted to buy a coloured bathroom suite!

Bold coloured bathroom suites might be making a comeback but white bathrooms are truly timeless. If you want to add colour to white bathrooms, they are easily accessorised with towels and blinds that can provide a funky accent colour or can be complimented with patterned tiles and flooring. In contrast to kitchens, choose more angular styled white suites to add a contemporary twist.

Make a big statement in a small space

Bathrooms are often the smallest rooms in a house but that doesn’t mean you can’t be adventurous in your design choices. Using large print wallpaper can create a vibrant wall or utilising a statement mirror can be both practical and add some drama to the space.

 

Go natural

Cold, stone textures and materials have been popular in bathrooms for quite some time but now wood is on its way in. Darker-stained, rustic timber can be used to add a warmer touch to often cold, clinical bathroom designs. There are even wood effect tiles on the market to add a more natural feel without compromising on functionality.

A metallic touch

Forget shiny chrome – think industrial copper or glamorous gold. You may not want to commit to changing your taps to these bold new metallic trends, but you can accessorise your bathroom with gold or copper accents by installing an on-trend light fitting with coordinating metallic framed mirror or shelving unit.

Wet rooms

If you’re planning a complete bathroom renovation, a wet room may be a great option. They are becoming increasingly popular as they offer an easy to maintain bathroom and are a practical alternative to a walk-in shower, offering greater accessibility.

Industrial chic

Industrial chic is an emerging trend. With a more masculine feel, the industrial look consists of bold, straight lines, exposed pipework and black, chunky fixtures and fittings. Simplicity is key with this design and larger, more stylised shower screens hint at influences from Japanese minimalism.

Space saving bathrooms – always on trend

If your bathroom is particularly tiny, there are lots of space saving options available from vanity units with built in storage to slim basins, compact WCs and even tapered bathtubs, perfect for awkward spaces. The use of mirrored tiles can make a small space feel bigger, as can lighter colour palettes and choosing bright lighting. Neutral tiles, around 30-60cm, are ideal for bijou bathrooms, smaller tiles can make a small room look too busy.

 

 

 

 

 

How to dress your home ready for sales photos

Limestone Sales & Lettings Office Manager Paul Neale shares his photography tips for selling your property.

So, you have made the decision to sell your property and now face the task of achieving the best possible price. A lot of factors will determine the valuation and final sum you can realistically expect to achieve, but one thing entirely in your hands is the effort you put into presenting your home. Wowing would-be buyers as they tour your home is one thing, but first you will need to convince someone to come and see it!

From the moment you list your property as for sale you are in competition with other sellers, and the first thing anyone is going to do is see how your home stacks up in comparison to others in the local area. The best way to make it onto someone’s shortlist in this scenario is through top quality photography. They say a picture says a thousand words, but you only need yours to say two, BUY ME!

Working with an established agency will mean you gain access to sales representatives who are experienced in taking optimum house selling photography. They will show your home in its best light and showcase its appeal, but so will many of your competitors. So, what can you do to help your agent ensure somebody puts your home on the must-see list, and avoid the dreaded maybe pile?

Firstly, time when your photos are taken well.  Choose the time of day when the front of the house is shown in a good natural light, as this will likely be the first image most will see and if it is not looking bright and attractive you risk losing interest before anyone sees the inside. Move any cars, bins or other clutter from outside the front of property, cut the grass and clean all the windows.

Once that is done, it is time to set the scene inside. Open all curtains and blinds before photography commences indoors and replace any light bulbs that may have gone out. Moving furniture around may help to make a room look more spacious but keep in mind the overall aesthetics. A common mistake is to give your imagery a show-home feel. Whilst this approach is understandable, you do not want to make the property seem cold or business like. The idea is to create a mental picture for potential buyers where they can imagine enjoying living in your home themselves, so the careful balance to be achieved is a mixture of lived in, but clean, tidy and welcoming.

Ideally, remove rugs and throws from sofas, arrange cushions neatly, set dining room tables and put away any toys, magazines or DVDs on show in living areas. Moving upstairs, ensure all beds are made and that any visible drawers and wardrobe doors are fully closed. Kitchen and bathrooms are naturally associated with hygiene, so it is imperative that these areas are spotless.

Keep toilet lids down and ensure any towels on display are neatly folded and compliment the décor. Clear all kitchen work tops and make sure there are no chopping boards on show. It is best to move bins out sight and keep all cupboards closed with appliances inside of them – dirty dishes in the sink are an absolute no-no!

For a final touch, maybe consider adding flowers around the home or a full fruit bowl in kitchen shots, it seems a moot point, but the connotations of fresh and vibrant colours could sway someone towards your property and make all the difference!

For more tips like these and to get the best price for your property, contact the team on 01908 234 111 or email us at info@limestonemk.co.uk