You want a new look for your kitchen, but you can’t decide what to change. Whatever you decide, make sure it’s timeless. Marble counters, updated appliances or a new back-splash are great additions to any home regardless of decade or trends. The important thing here is avoid giving in to fads! These fads might not be long-lasting, and they can leave your kitchen looking tacky and, even worse, make it lose value. With that in mind, here are some kitchen remodeling ideas that you should avoid:

  1. Appliance GaragesPopular in the 80’s and 90’s, appliance garages are a great way to hide those bulky appliances like blenders and toasters without having to use cabinet space on them. Unfortunately, these garages eat up a ton of counter space, and it is just popular nowadays to keep your often-used appliances on the counter for everyone to see. Avoid this one.
  2. Kitchen NichesOnce common for home phone lines, kitchen niches are now a thing of the past in our modern digital age and a sure sign that you have an old home. Find another area in your home for a desk, or put desk supplies in a drawer instead.
  3. Farmhouse SinksWhile farmhouse sinks are popular now, these wide monstrosities take up a lot of room and don’t compare to the durability of stainless steel. This is one fad you should stay away from.
  4. Trash CompactorsA trash compactor has its benefits, but also far too many costs. It can break, it can smell and it just isn’t worth it in this day and age.
  5. Pot Racks & Range HoodsAlthough these popular accessories can be used as a focal point of the kitchen, in general pot racks and range hoods detract from the feel of an open kitchen.
  6. Colored AppliancesYou can never go wrong with stainless steel – it’s timeless, durable and fits any scheme. Colored appliances just have no use in a modern kitchen.