Add value to your home with a colourful kitchen

When it comes to choosing a kitchen cabinet colour, more and more of us are taking the plunge to go bold – but could opting for brighter tones also improve the salability of our homes?

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When it comes to buying a new kitchen, colour is one of the first things we think about.

After seeing a nationwide rise in popularity of colourful kitchens, we surveyed 2,000 UK homeowners and sat down with property industry experts to get the inside scoop on how the colour of your kitchen could affect the value of your property.

Here’s what we found out…

How much of an impact does kitchen colour have on the value of your property?

We now know that updating your kitchen can add value to your home and over the past year, our home interiors have become even more important to us than ever.

In our survey, over half of homeowners (51%) said it would take them more than three days to decide on a colour scheme for their new kitchen - so it's not a decision we take lightly.

When we’re in the market for a new home, a kitchen can make or break our decision on whether to put an offer in on a property – but how much does colour factor into that?

Craig Bray from Yopa estate agency, said: “Though trends come and go, there has been a noticeable shift in homeowners looking for more colour when purchasing a property, with shades such as deep Midnight Blue and rich Forest Green proving popular.

“White kitchens are going, slightly, off-trend as they can be perceived to be a ‘cheaper’ colour that comes as standard.

“If you’re looking to sell your property in the near-future, transitioning the colour of your kitchen from white to blue, green or even grey, can increase the value of the home, making it more saleable and thus giving it greater potential to get a higher price in a bidding war”.

Which kitchen colours could add the most value?

In our survey, blue was voted the kitchen colour that looks most expensive, with 41% of homeowners in agreement - making it the colour most likely to add value to your property.

From Midnight to Sky and Pilot Blue, there are a beautifully curated range of shades to choose from to create your ideal space and boost your home's sale value.

In second place was green, which 27% of homeowners voted as looking the most expensive.

At the end of 2020, green was pegged as being the new grey, due to its versatility and positive mood-influencing properties - and that was correct.

With 24% of the vote, grey was valued slightly less by homeowners and the colour pink was voted the least expensive-looking by 26%

Here at Magnet, both our blue and green kitchen ranges have certainly seen a substantial increase in popularity over the last year, so are we seeing a nationwide shift to bolder shades? We hope so.

How many of us actually have colourful kitchens?

Despite placing more value on more colourful kitchens, it appears, as a nation, we’re still playing it safe. 48% of homeowners surveyed owned a cream or white kitchen, meaning we’re a little apprehensive about going for bold.

One in three of us believe that white kitchens look lower in value, so in essence, being afraid to venture into bolder shades is costing us money in the long run.

Regionally, it appears some of us are braver than others when it comes to using colour in the home.

Our Colour Bravery Index highlights the areas where we’re more likely to add a splash of bold to our interiors and those where we’re a bit more colour-shy.

Are there any other benefits to colourful kitchens?

Recently, there's been a positive shift towards mindful decor. And we're becoming increasingly aware of the wellbeing benefits colour can have.

Half of us have admitted that we barely have any colour in our homes at all, meaning we’re lacking the mood-enhancing benefits a colourful home can bring.

Interior designer and queen of colour, Sophie Robinson, says, “Colour has the power to change the way we feel and indeed behave in a space.

“When light waves bounce off a surface and are received by the retina, our brain not only translates that into a colour but has an emotional response too. Therefore, establishing how you want to feel in a space is really important when choosing the colours for your interiors.”

Methodology

Nationally representative survey of 2,000 respondents aged 16+ in the UK in April 2021. The survey was conducted from a random sample of UK adults by OnePoll.