The kitchen is one of the most frequent candidates for a renovation project – it can increase the value of the home, improve functionality and improve the style. Whether they have the budget or not, everyone dreams of updating their kitchen and thinking about what design choices they would make for their own kitchen remodeling.
What are the most common design decisions made in today’s kitchen remodeling projects? We conducted the research for you by examining the results of the latest National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) market research and homeowner Houzz trends, which were renovated last year. The following are some of the biggest trends in kitchen remodeling.
White or gray cabinets
Natural wood is redesigned in today’s kitchens – a fresh layer of neutral color, especially white or gray for cabinets and general color schemes. The NKBA study found that white is the most popular color scheme for a kitchen, followed by gray. The Houzz survey also found that nearly half (49 percent) of newly-renovated homeowners chose white cabinets.
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Granite & quartz countertops
While countertops in the NKBA version were not mentioned, there was a clear preference for stone countertops in the Houzz homeowner survey. Homeowners mostly chose granite or quartz countertops, and the trend continued regardless of neighborhood – people in urban, suburban, and rural areas preferred granite and quartz. Only a small percentage of respondents chose meatballs, laminate, marble, solid surface or soapstone.
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Stainless steel appliances with a focus on quality and quantity
In terms of equipment, today’s home builders are looking for quality and function. The Houzz survey found that device purchases were mainly due to quality (70 percent), with only 6 percent of device purchases following price. The survey also revealed an overwhelming preference for stainless steel – 83 percent of homeowners chose stainless steel as their equipment finish.
NKBA research focused on device functionality, pointing out that many homeowners are now choosing additional devices – for example, two dishwashers or an additional refrigerator / freezer – for more storage and function.
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The technology also moves in today’s kitchens as it grows in just about every aspect of life. Both the NKBA market research and the Houzz survey showed the growth of televisions and docking stations in the kitchen. Several factors come together to drive this trend. The kitchen is again the center of the house, and homeowners design their kitchens with functionality, taking into account the needs of all family members in the design.
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Modern style with a focus on entertainment
As far as the style is concerned, the contemporary trend in the kitchen is a growing trend, as noted in NKBA research. The modern style is characterized by a clear, simple look that offers functionality with a homely atmosphere. In addition to the contemporary style, homeowners also want to create a space that is perfect for entertaining.
The Houzz survey found that 52 percent of younger renovators choose an open kitchen that is open to other rooms in the house. Kitchen islands and bars with seating are also popular entertainment options.
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Today’s kitchen trends combine functionality and beauty to create a perfect living space for family and guests. These design choices remind us that the kitchen is and always will be the heart of the house.