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Designing Your Dream Kitchen

Feb 2014By Vickie Williamson
Custom Framer and Interior Designer 

The kitchen is often considered the most important room in the house—the heart of the home, the place where everyone gathers. The kitchen is where marvelous meals are prepared by loving hands and where the kids do their homework.

Maybe you’ve even heard that kitchens sell houses. I believe this to be true. When preparing to sell your home consider the finishes when designing or remodeling your kitchen. Many buyers are looking for granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. These have been popular for several years, and I feel they will continue to be popular for years ahead.

Appliances should be updated and match in finish. In addition to granite, quartz, butcher block and laminate are some of the most popular choices in countertop materials.

If you know that you will be living in your home for the long term and selling it is not an issue, then go ahead and design the kitchen of your dreams. Of course, the budget will play an important role in determining the size of the dream. Just keep in mind that you may have to do some neutralizing if you decide to sell your home in the future.

If the cabinets are in good shape but look out of date, consider painting them instead of replacing them. You can play it safe with a neutral color on the cabinets and a stronger hue on walls and accessories. Or add some sizzle with vividly colored cabinets and tile backsplash.

This is your kitchen so make it what you want, not what you think will impress the neighbors. Create a space where you feel happy to be there, while cooking, gathering with friends or even doing homework.

Prince William resident Vickie Williamson owns Fine Design Custom Framing & Interiors in Woodbridge. She has worked in the fine art, framing and decorating industry for more than 25 years and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

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