Kitchen Trends Watch
If your New Year’s resolution was to eat healthier or cook more, a remodeled kitchen could help you succeed, according to the fourth annual Houzz kitchen trends report. The home design platform polled homeowners who recently upgraded their kitchens to gauge the most popular trends — and discovered a healthy side benefit.
Homeowners with new kitchens reported eating more fruits and veggies, ordering less takeout, and cooking more meals at home. And with return on investment and resale values becoming harder to pin down, a healthier lifestyle might be your best argument in convincing your spouse to renovate.
Millennials still prefer farmhouse-style sinks, gray color schemes, and modern textures (which is on par with Zillow Digs' data). Baby boomers and other older generations prefer traditional styles.
Regardless of age, homeowners want sturdy, yet beautiful, flooring and countertops, naming durability and look as top priorities. Granite is the most popular countertop material, while quartz, wood slab, and quartzite perform respectfully. Hardwood flooring lost some favor but still remains the most common kitchen option. Ceramic and porcelain tile won the hearts of more homeowners this year than in the past.
Custom cabinets still top the priority list for homeowners wanting to upgrade their kitchen. White cabinets prove to be more popular than wood-colored or gray cabinets combined. Adding an island or breakfast bar come in second and third as top features to upgrade, though millennials tend to want islands more than older generations.
Proving that younger generations want monochromatic schemes found in farmhouse-style kitchens, millennials and Generation X skew toward painting kitchen walls gray, while baby boomers tend to paint walls beige.
Renovation budgets keep climbing with 1-in-2 homeowners spending more than $100,000 on a new kitchen. The median amount homeowners spend upgrading is between $25,000 and $50,000.