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A great kitchen 'adds value to property'

Individuals keen to add value to their property have been advised that the installation of a modern and well-designed kitchen can do the trick.

Alexi Sugden, senior designer and art director at Egerton Designs, said kitchens can cost anywhere from £3,000 to £50,000, but ultimately it is not the cost of making improvements that is key to creating excellent returns on investment, but the value and wow factor that these renovations add.

She commented: "A well-designed, modern kitchen will greatly add value to your home so that when you come to move, the kitchen will always influence buyers and increase the speed of offers."

Ms Sugden also noted the use of lighting in kitchen areas can have a considerable impact on the overall aesthetic of this important room, with homeowners advised to utilise recessed halogens and hidden lighting under top units to maintain a sleek and elegant design.

Round recessed lights fitted into unit kickboards can create a contemporary and impressive look for homeowners, helping to ensure the wow factor of any kitchen overhaul is increased.

Meanwhile, people do not have to spend a fortune on their kitchens, as in many instances they can make savings by purchasing fixtures, fittings and appliances in bulk from a single dealer.

According to recent comments from Sara Corker, director of Sara Corker Designs, originality and quality are two of the key aspects of kitchen design heading into the second half of 2012 and beyond.

Indeed, UK homeowners are presently embracing the use of high-end products and quality furnishings to make these areas as stylish and desirable as possible, while colour palettes are also coming under the spotlight at present.

"Going into 2013, there will be a lean towards soft muted pastels, soft greys mixed with dusky pinks, apricots, pastel greens and baby blues mixed with charcoals," Ms Corker added. 

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