8 Kitchen Trends for Remodelers

Photo credit: Taylor Lombardo Architects

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Home buyers love kitchens so what trends are cooking up lately? The remodeling web site Houzz surveyed 7,812 home owners about their kitchen remodeling plans this fall. Here are the big trends that emerged from the survey:

1. Bigger isn’t better: Home owners don’t mind a small kitchen, but they do want a feeling of space, the survey found. One way they’re achieving is that is by adding kitchen islands.

2. Wide open: 77% of home owners say they plan during their remodel to have their kitchen open to other rooms.

3. A love for granite: Granite continues its reign as the most popular countertop (favored by 50 percent of those surveyed), but quartz is following up behind at 36 percent.

4. Mix and match: Mixing materials is becoming a more popular fad in the kitchen. For example, home owners are mixing stainless steel appliances with appliances in other finishes, like white or appliances integrated with cabinetry. Also, they’re mixing countertops, such as opting for a different choice for the kitchen island than the other countertops.

5. Conservative with color: Conservative color schemes are the most popular, with 75 percent of home owners say they’re choosing soft and neutral colors for their kitchen walls and decor compared to 14 percent who are opting for bright, colorful selections.

6. Style varies by age: Younger home owners show a stronger preference toward contemporary and modern kitchens while over 55’s tend to favor a more traditional look in the kitchen.

7. Flooring favorites: Top flooring choices in kitchen are hardwood floors (with 35 percent), but followed closely behind tile flooring (32 percent).

8. Being green: Nearly 50 percent of home owners say having eco-friendly appliances and materials in their kitchen is important to them.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. I have a few comments. I have hardwood floors and if you have an eat in kitchen or a sliding door off the kitchen to an outside pool or hot tub, they discolor very quickly especially in the grooves. They also scratch up from the chairs at the table or countertop being pulled in or out. I have seen many homes that have granite countertops that have a film around the faucets that they can’t seem to get out. Do you have any opinion on the kits they make for you to make your counter look granite? I agree with going eco friendly and the nuetral colors.

  2. Hardwoods are great for most areas except transitions. Last house I custom built had a tiled area @ all sliders. Granite wins as a solid surface on all levels except cost. If you are a kitchen cook and baking priority family then it wins hands down. Stove top or oven diect to granite no issues…..

  3. @Terry – I agree that wood floors are much harder to maintain in the kitchen. Of all the kitchen remodels that we have done this year, I have only had 2 that asked for wood flooring. I think the whole upkeep thing makes most folks afraid to put wood in the kitchen. It is hard to believe that 35% of Houzz users prefer wood in the kitchen. We just don’t see it on our end.