I am currently helping two friends spruce up their kitchens.
They are both in very different situations. Friend #1 is in the process of gutting her kitchen. She is planning on being in her house for a long time and is not concerned about resell at this point. Friend #2 hates her kitchen but she does not want to spend a ton of money because she plans on moving soon.
On the first kitchen we are really focusing on function. She has a new baby and wants the space to be kid friendly. She is adding a dining nook. I have a feeling this will get a ton of use from her family. Tips: Use outdoor fabric- it is super easy to clean.
Add storage- have the seats open and add drawers on the side.
While her kitchen is kid friendly, she still wants it to look "adult". We are looking at adding a vintage runner to add some interest.
Another suggestion was to add inset cabinets. They can be very expensive, and may not be a good option if you are planning on moving.
Example, of overlay cabinets vs. inset cabinets.
Pinterest sources- great when considering a kitchen reno.