Ask Gather & Spruce: Should you go for timeless or trendy in a kitchen remodel design?

Remodeling your kitchen is a big project that can come with a big price tag. To make sure that you spend your money wisely, you’ll need to plan well and choose things that fit your budget and your lifestyle. When looking at kitchen remodel ideas, remember that all the decisions that you make, from paint colors to cabinetry to light fixtures and more, will build on the design style that you choose for your project. Do you want a timeless kitchen design that can last for decades? Or are you ok with a trendy design that may require more frequent décor changes?  

To help you decide, the expert team at Gather & Spruce has put together a list of questions you should consider as you start your project

What’s my design style?

As you plan your kitchen remodel design, selecting a style to guide your project will be one of the first decisions you make. Your style will fall into one of two camps: timeless or trendy. In our October blog, we highlighted the differences between timeless and trendy designs.  

Timeless designs are just that — they are always in style. They have a lasting aesthetic that helps ensure that your kitchen will remain appealing for many years to come. Timeless designs hold their value and can increase the resale value of your home.  

Trendy designs are of the moment and may need to be updated frequently. They often allow for more expression of your own personality and tastes. A trendy kitchen design can help your home feel up-to-date and relevant.

Is one style better than the other? 

Fortunately, there isn’t one “right” design style. It’s all a matter of personal preference. At the end of the day, you are the one that will be living in and using your kitchen. The best style is the one that reflects your personality and fits your lifestyle. You also have the option to blend traditional and trendy elements together for a unique, stylish space.  

Are there any elements in my kitchen that need to remain the same? 

When you’re looking at kitchen update ideas, be sure to take into consideration items that cannot be changed. Whether it’s a wall that cannot move or the need to reuse your appliances, you’ll need to figure out how the must-stay items affect your design choice.   

Do I follow design trends?

If your coffee table is covered in design magazines and HGTV is your favorite channel, it’s probably safe to say that you’re interested in design trends. Consider the importance of having popular kitchen remodel trends reflected in your updated space when you’re choosing a design style.  

How do I use my kitchen?

Reflect on how you use your kitchen. Do you cook and bake often? If so, you’ll need to make sure your kitchen design gives you functionality as well as style. If you tend to use your kitchen space more for hosting or entertaining, you may be able to focus less on function and more on trendy elements that reflect the latest styles.  

How long do I plan to stay in this home? 

This question can steer your decision in a number of different directions. If you don’t plan on moving anytime soon, then you need to decide how often you’d like to refresh your décor. Would you prefer a design that will stand the test of time, or something of the moment? On the other hand, if you are planning to move in the next 5 years, you’ll want to look at the process more through the lens of what type of design elements are universally appealing and will be attractive to prospective buyers.  

What do I like?

This is probably the most important question of all. When you are planning a kitchen remodel, be sure to think about you want in a renovation, regardless of which style camp it falls into. Do you dream of cooking your spaghetti on a professional-style range? Would you love to chop carrots under a Sputnik light? Do visions of soapstone countertops fill your head?  

Identify the most important items on your remodeling wish list, and then let a professional designer help you incorporate them into your project. A professional can also help you balance timeless and trendy elements together in one space, for a kitchen upgrade that is a perfect reflection of who you are. 

Bring in the experts

Your kitchen is the heart of your home, and remodeling it is a big job. At Gather & Spruce, we’ve created a proprietary process to minimize the disruption caused by a major renovation project. Our Smart Design program will bring style, products and services together in a way that reflects your personal preferences and matches your lifestyle. Let us help you with your Denver kitchen remodel and create the space of your dreams. Request a consultation today.