Do you love gray walls in the kitchen? If so, you're not alone. The 2017 Houzz Kitchen Study tracked trends among renovating homeowners and revealed that contemporary styling and a gray and white color scheme led in popularity.
The entire study is fascinating, but we were particularly interested in the primary goals that homeowners had for their kitchen renovation. More than half wanted to create a space that "is more open to other rooms" and 36% simply wanted a bigger kitchen. Other highlights:
Quartz and granite run neck-and-neck as top countertop materials
Pantries have a very slight edge over kitchen islands as top built-in features
Hardwood and tile remain the leading kitchen floor choices
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) released the results of its 2014 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Survey in early February. Here are the major trends that the survey revealed:
• Contemporary will be the fastest growing kitchen style in 2014, with 62 percent of respondents saying it’s on the upswing after ending 2013 in second place. Transitional maintained a very small lead as the number one look for kitchens. Shaker styling is a solid third due in part to its versatility, lending itself to traditional or contemporary.
• More than half (56 percent) of respondents included accessible and/or universal design and easy-maintenance features in their kitchens, and demand is expected to continue.
• Two-thirds of NKBA kitchen designers incorporated docking and/or charging stations in their kitchens, as well as a desk or home office area. Some 56 percent included a flat-screen TV in their kitchen projects. These trends show no signs of powering down.
• Outdoor kitchens continue to be popular, with 43 percent of respondents designing them in 2013 and 41 percent expecting an increase in 2014.
• 63 percent of respondents specified energy-saving appliances in 2013, and 60 percent expect to see more demand this year. Almost 40 percent of designers specified water-saving kitchen faucets in 2013, and 47 percent see the market expanding in 2014.
• Furniture-type pieces were specified in kitchens by eight out of 10 respondents in 2013 and 56 percent expect to do more in 2014.
• Approximately 70 percent of respondents see quartz countertops increasing in 2014. Almost a quarter of respondents specified countertops with recycled materials and 40 percent expect to do more in 2014.
• Wood, the most specified flooring in 2013, will grow even more popular in 2014.
• Glass, now number three for backsplashes, is predicted to grow in popularity in 2014.
• Satin nickel, now the most popular faucet finish, is expected to continue to flourish in 2014, as will polished chrome.
• Stainless steel is the most popular sink material with porcelain enamel a distant second. Granite composite, now number three, is expected to grow in popularity in 2014.
Kitchen Features in Demand:
• Induction cooktops
• Steam ovens
• French-door refrigerators
• Bottom freezer refrigerators
• Touch-activated faucets
• Electronic (no touch) faucets
• LED lighting
Trendspotting: A Place for Pets
Dozens of NKBA members reported that they created kitchens with features to accommodate cats and dogs, from day beds to feeding stations, litter box cabinets to doggy faucets.
• Highly ornamented Tuscan and Provincial looks
• Distressed and/or glazed finishes
• Country/rustic styles
• Electric cooktops
• Porcelain enamel sinks
If you are planning to renovate your kitchen in Spring or Summer 2014, now is the time to start planning. Please contact us if we may help you with your project.