A blue kitchen? I recently saw a loud kitchen and I hoped we could talk about it. Is this the new trend? Do buyers crave color? Here’s some photos, a quick interview with the investor behind this, and some takeaways.
This home is in an older area near Downtown Sacramento.
I’ve been seeing more shelves in kitchens lately too. Have you?
What do you think of that hood and vent?
The bathroom also has blue. Notice the loud tile too?
Q&A with Slavic Avetisov (owner / investor):
Why did you go with blue? The reason I went with blue was because I wanted something really trendy, something out of a magazine. I figured there is no better place to do it than near downtown. I’ve sold two other homes in the area to Bay Area buyers, so I figured if my buyers for this house were from the Bay Area they would like the blue. So I went with my gut and against everyone’s opinion, including my wife (she wasn’t liking the blue idea). But after I did she said it wasn’t bad.
Are there any other colors we need to look out for? As far as colors, hard to say. Personally if I find another house in the area, I might do green, like army green (black and green). I have to feel the house though. It depends on the feel of the house as well as market demand. I read up on blue before doing it, and all those architectural digest magazines were writing how a blue bathroom would add 5k to sell off your house. But you can’t just paint it blue and call it a day. Everything had to be properly put together.
What sort of feedback did you get about the cabinets? It wasn’t on the market long enough to get feedback (had a quick full price offer). However, I was looking at a house in the neighborhood to flip, and the sales agent was running my ear off about my house until I told her that I did it. She replied by saying she’s been telling everyone about it. As far as comments in regards to not having enough kitchen space, my thoughts were: 1) Bay Area buyers are used to being in a small apartment or a room rental so they won’t have lots of stuff; 2) People that want to live in that area, downtown, midtown etc… aren’t going to be doing much cooking, but more going out. That’s why I proceeded with open shelves on top & no cabinets. The brick and the exhaust hood vent pipe gave it a loft feeling. I think the butcher block complimented the house age and gave the blue a tone down & a good feel rather than granite or quartz.
1) The color trend: I’ve seen a shade of blue in three different kitchens recently. Design magazines earlier this year were talking about seeing more color in the kitchen. Were they right?
2) Location: Certain upgrades and types of architecture work well in some areas and not in others. I suppose the shade of blue matters too. Anyway, a trendy area might favor a colorful kitchen, but a 55+ community might completely reject it. At the end of the day location means everything.
3) The market doesn’t care if we like it: The market doesn’t care if we personally like something or not. This is why we need to remain objective when valuing properties. What will the market pay? That’s the only relevant question.
UPDATE: Props to the multiple real estate agents who emailed me photos of a blue kitchen in a model home in the Folsom Ranch neighborhood. The blue trend is alive.
A closing blended example:
This is quite the mishmash, right? Either you love it or hate it. Is it okay to blend architectural styles? Is it beautiful or a travesty? A friend on Twitter said, “Wow, the elusive Rustic Modern Dutch Colonial.” Thank you to a colleague in Boston for letting me use this photo (he didn’t want to be identified).
The point: From a value perspective the only thing that matters here is what buyers are willing to pay.
NEW FALL VIDEO: Last week I made a quick video to talk through the fall season (inventory, sales volume, price, and days on market). Enjoy if you wish.
Questions: What do you think of blue kitchens? Could blue be worth more? What’s the big takeaway here in your mind? I’d love to hear your take.