One of the biggest ways to gain equity in your home is a kitchen remodel. Gutting the entire kitchen and getting brand new cabinets and countertops, though, is expensive.
For more homeowners, that’s a remodel you save up for years for. You may not want to deal with the challenge of living through an entire kitchen remodel, either, where your fridge spends a few weeks in your dining room and you’re cooking off a hot plate for weeks on end.
There are easier ways to update your kitchen’s look without breaking the bank and destroying your routine, according to designer Leslie Gallant of Ridgewood Design in Hartford.
A few coats of paint: Greens are in, greys are out
“The biggest bang for your buck is paint,” Gallant said. “Change up the paint color on the walls or if you have dark kitchen cabinets, you might consider painting them a neutral color.” Some of the colors Gallant suggests are a white or neutral for top cabinets or perimeter cabinets and a fun color on an island such as olive green or hunter green.
“Greens are what’s trending in kitchen color,” Gallant said. “Gray is on the way out. Olive green, hunter green and rich, historic greens are very popular. Go with oatmeal instead of gray.”
Gallant said the cream family is very classic if you’re in New England.
“It is never going to go out of style,” she said. “It’s coming back in and you can’t go wrong. White cabinets are also a classic New England style.”
If you’re ready to tackle the project of painting cabinets yourself, Gallant said to be sure to go to