Industry insiders are already predicting the trends that will be big in 2020 and the features and elements that buyers will be looking for next year. In the coming year there will be more Millennial and Gen Z home buyers looking for their first homes and they have very specific ideas about what they want in a new home. You can advise sellers that these 5 kitchen trends will get them the biggest return on their renovation dollars and make their homes more attractive to buyers:

Quartz Countertops

Say goodbye to builder grade granite in the kitchen. Granite countertops have had their day and now they’re no longer in demand. The hot new material for countertops is affordable, durable, and stylish quartz countertops that give kitchens a clean and updated look and feel.

Smart Appliances

Smart home technology is here to stay and buyers want homes that are ready to sync up to their Google Home and Amazon Echo devices. That means they will pay a premium price for smart refrigerators, smart stoves, and other smart home appliances. Investing in smart appliances is a smart move for sellers who want their homes to sell fast.

Custom Storage

There can never be too much storage in the kitchen, but having custom storage built into the kitchen is what buyers want. Custom storage solutions that are built specifically for that kitchen and make the best use of the space available will give the kitchen a cohesive look and feel while also maximizing the space available to get every last inch of storage space out of it. That’s very important to buyers.

Big Islands

The kitchen island has largely replaced the small dining table in the breakfast nook. People are still using formal dining tables in their open concept kitchen and family rooms but for casual dining buyers want to see a large multipurpose island in the kitchen. One with enough room for food prep and feeding the kids or giving them a space to do their homework. Adding a large kitchen island and comfortable seating is a smart way for sellers to get the attention of buyers.

Color, Color, Color

White sterile looking kitchens are definitely out. Color will be the next big kitchen trend. Vivid colors like navy, red, or teal are becoming more popular and soft colors like sage or even Millennial pink are a good option too. No matter what the color is it’s important to get rid of the all-white kitchen. White quartz countertops and brilliantly colored cabinets and walls are the kinds of kitchens that will really wow buyers in the year ahead. Sellers should think about giving their kitchens a colorful update if they want to give their kitchens an upgrade that is really going to pay off.


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Listing information last updated on September 23rd, 2023 at 12:31pm CDT.