The kitchen remains one of the most popular rooms in the house. If it's well laid out and equipped, it becomes a magnet for family members. “It’s the place where they begin and end their days and also interact with friends,” says designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon, founder of In Detail, Kitchens, Baths, Interiors, a design firm in Pensacola, Fla.
But it can do more. “A home that’s in move-in condition (or better) is often at the top of today’s buyers’ wish list, and having a finely finished, open kitchen is among their highest priorities,” says Jennifer D. Ames with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicago. “What’s in style in kitchen design changes more often than hemlines, and buyers have minimal interest in buying a home with outdating rooms, whether they cook or not. A well-done kitchen absolutely can sway a buyer’s decision.”
Modern Kitchen Trends: Architecture Coach: REALTOR® Magazine.