By Jenny Xie
Earlier this week, Curbed ran a Twitter poll asking folks which part of the house they’d rather renovate. The winner? The kitchen, by a landslide.
While we’ve already explored what people don’t want in their kitchens (Open shelving! Chalkboard walls! Glass-tile backsplashes!), now it’s time—especially in the spirit of Renovation Week—to discuss what you do want.
To start things off, here are a few remodel ideas that may or may not draw the ire of some, but could really add value to a kitchen, aesthetically or otherwise.
Ah, the subway tile. Yes, it’s oh-so-trendy right now, but a lot of readers seem to agree that it’s simple and subdued—a classic. The better case for subway tile? It apparently helps sell a house faster and for more money.
Minimalist and statement-making at the same time, matte black cabinetry (plus matching appliances) can instantly give a kitchen a more luxe look. Real talk though, red is pretty snazzy, too, or a high-contrast black-and-white scheme…anything to break the all-white spell!
While breakfast nooks are definitely due for a comeback, they’re not always possible given space constraints. But even the tiniest alcove can make a huge difference, as evidenced in this renovated kitchen in a Brooklyn brownstone. The bay window seat adds another dimension to the kitchen and brings in light and garden views.