Kitchen & Bath Remodel Guide

Originally posted by The Roanoker on August 31, 2020.

A kitchen or bath remodel can increase your home’s overall value and resale price, as well as enhance your daily quality of life. They are also expensive endeavors, costing an average of $12,000 to $35,000 for a kitchen, and $6,000 to $15,000 for a bathroom, according to HomeAdvisor. Renovations for large spaces with premium appliances and materials can cost far more, so it’s vital to design these rooms to be both current and timeless. 

A new kitchen or bath should feel like it belongs to 2020’s design aesthetic, but won’t look dated in a few years. We talked to three local designers about how to create spaces you’ll love for the long haul. 

The Kitchen

Cabinets anchor the kitchen. Both whites and brighter colors are in, with Shaker style or clean lines,” says Darcie Duncan, a designer with Reico Kitchen and Bath in Salem. “You can never really go wrong with a white kitchen.”  

White kitchens have endured through the decades, even if the treatment has been specific to an era (think white laminate cabinets trimmed in natural wood in the 1980s), but if you want to steer towards color, you can still achieve a timeless look. 

“Any color palette can be timeless—it’s the design details and the way the design is executed that makes the difference,” says Emily Mangus of Emily Mangus Interiors, a design firm in Roanoke.

Some of the details that Mangus alludes to are faucets, cabinet hardware, and lighting. Faucets that echo a streamlined look are popular, with chrome, brushed gold, and burnished brass topping wish lists. Cabinet hardware in those finishes all feel right, right now. 

“Customers are often going with pulls for every cabinet, instead of knobs, and the pulls tend to be bigger, and more squared off…again, the simple lines instead of ornate pulls,” says Duncan. 

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