As a homeowner, you may feel overwhelmed by the different tasks needed to maintain and improve your house. From cleaning and repairs to replacing worn appliances, flooring and furniture, these tasks can easily improve the look and function of your home. Fortunately, some projects can increase your home's total value, as well.

Considering a minor kitchen remodel can offer an estimated 92.9 percent return on your investment. Clearly, updating this room is a smart move. Of course, you may not know where to begin when updating your kitchen. By implementing one or more of the following trends for 2017 into the remodel, your kitchen will be appealing, functional and valuable for many years to come.

Open It Up

One of the most common misconceptions people have is that each wall of the kitchen needs to be consumed with cabinets. Having this storage space is important, but you do not have to fill your kitchen with cabinet doors. During your remodel, consider opening your kitchen up with open shelving.

Remove one or two small sections of cabinets and replace them with wood or glass shelving. If your existing kitchen has wall cabinets on each side of your stove top and vent hood, remove and replace those with open shelves. Opt for chunky wood shelves that float against the wall, or modern wood shelves with metal brackets for a more industrial look.

Open shelving will not only make your kitchen feel larger, but these shelves will also give you a place to display your favorite pieces of china, platters, collectibles and other decorative accessories.

Add Some Color

White or various wood stains were the most common look for cabinetry in the past. Today, more and more people are choosing to add some color to their kitchen cabinets. Since most people are scared of adding too much color, incorporating light shades in small ways can be a great compromise.

To get started, you should choose a base color or look for the majority of your cabinets. For a classic look, consider a cream or dark walnut color. Then, add a hint of color with a gray or sage green island.

If you prefer a more dramatic look, use bottom cabinets in royal blue or a bold red with a more neutral wall cabinet in black or white. This two-tone design adds a modern style that will stand the test of time.

Go for Granite

Many homeowners choose to replace their countertops during a kitchen remodel. These surfaces are essential parts of your kitchen since they are used for prepping and serving food as well as other household tasks.

With its intense durability that is both heat and scratch resistant, granite does seem to be the king of countertops and this fact will most likely continue for many years to come. You may be surprised to see the different colors and designs that granite comes in.

Choose from a simple beige with specks of brown for a traditional or farmhouse-style kitchen. To add a modern element to space, opt for granite in a solid black. No matter which looks you choose, your granite countertops will become a focal point of your entire kitchen.

Emphasize Function Over Form

In the past, kitchen remodels would focus more on improving the look of the space. Today, your remodel should improve the function, as well. During the initial planning of your kitchen, place function over form.

Cabinets and drawers should all look great, but they should serve an intended purpose. Ensure you have cabinets that are deep enough to store your dishes, pots, and platters. Drawers should also be designed with function in mind. Drawer dividers should be included, allowing you to organize your tools with ease.

Put your family's interests and needs first in the design process. If you enjoy drinking or collecting wine, consider a small wine cooler that can be installed directly into your cabinet design. Pot racks above an island and even an extra sink are also beneficial in some households.

There are no right or wrong answers when designing your kitchen, but the process can be overwhelming. Want to use one or more of these remodeling trends? Contact Showcase Kitchens Inc.. to begin your kitchen remodeling process.