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From mealtimes to homework hour to taking Zoom meetings at the breakfast table, the kitchen is arguably the busiest room in a home. Unsurprisingly, over half of prospective buyers would pass on a house if this space weren’t up to par, according to a survey by HomeAdvisor that polled 3,000 homeowners. The report also found that people would do almost anything to get their dream kitchen, including giving up their beloved pet for a year (!).

The stat that really shocked us? Seventy-one percent apparently don’t want their kitchen to have wallpaper, and only 2 percent want butcher block counters. Here at Domino, we love a statement print (you can add a top coat of varnish to make your treatment waterproof!) and durable wood counters, but we also understand that they aren’t for everyone. That’s why we’re spotlighting three of the most-wanted kitchen design elements.


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Have a Spot for Everything

Photography by Aaron Bengochea

You don’t have to choose between open shelving and upper cabinets—have both. Forty-six percent of survey respondents said that they prefer a mix of storage-slash-display options instead of just one.

Island Time

There are plenty of features that can deter a potential buyer from putting in an offer (a pool-less backyard, limited closet space, or even the wrong front door color, to name a few). But for 39 percent, a kitchen that lacks an island is a major deal breaker.

Two Is Better Than One

Cabinet paint color indecision is real. One way to avoid the stressful dilemma is to go two-tone. According to HomeAdvisor, more than half (52 percent) of those questioned stated that their dream kitchen is one with double the cupboard fun.