First, are you doing it for yourself or to upgrade your home for a future buyer? The best answer is both. It is rare to recoup 100% of the cost of a remodel, so the most logical choice is to remodel for yourself to enjoy, but with an eye to a future buyer. So that means no purple striped walls with black ceilings, people!
Just kidding, but it is good to think about what a future buyer might like, and to use moderate colors and patterns, so as not to scare anyone off! This should not be a problem, as most homeowners have tastes that fall within similar ranges, but good to keep in mind if you tend to unusual tastes!
Because they’re such a large investment, most homeowners hope to end up with a finished product that looks fresh as long as possible. What’s hot and trendy today may be out of vogue in a year, making your kitchen look outdated before you’ve had a chance to break it in.
So consider white painted kitchens and light maple kitchens, for example, which have had a wide appeal in the market for a long time and are just as popular today as ever.
Pull out drawers are great hideaways for blenders, mixers and more.
Stainless steel sinks are always in style and look great.
Stainless steel appliances ditto; it fits with both contemporary and traditional decor and has widespread appeal.
Backsplashes are desirable and most (if not all) kitchens have them. Good tiles to implement include ceramic, porcelain or glass. Have them installed up to the bottom of the upper cabinets for both cleanliness and appearance.