The room homeowners are making room in their budgets for is the kitchen. Number 1 priority in most homes is to remodel and renovate, according to a newly released study.
Houzz, the leading home renovation and design platform released its 2022 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study, which gathered information from 2,400 homeowners who are planning, in the middle of, or have recently completed a kitchen renovation. They saw more homeowners reshaping kitchens making them part of an open concept design besides upgrading appliances.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key trends that homeowners want to see in their kitchen remodels in 2022:
Countertops were at the top of nine out of ten remodels and upgrades. Engineered quartz remains the most popular material for upgraded kitchen countertops, with 42% of homeowners opting for it. While granite remains the second-most popular material, it has dropped to 24% from 28% last year, the study reports.
And as people continue to work from home, homeowners are making room for bigger kitchen islands. Nearly two in five new islands measure longer than 7 feet in length today. Homeowners are also brightening up their spaces; 92 percent installed new light fixtures above islands.
The second most common feature that homeowners splurge on during kitchen renovations is appliances. Over a third of upgraded appliances have high-tech features. Wireless and smartphone controls are the most popular kitchen appliance features, according to the study.
You can never stock too many beverages, which is perhaps why nearly one in five homeowners install beverage refrigerators in their kitchens, and why 14% are adding wine refrigerators and that figure is up 50 % from last year.
Hardwood is the most popular flooring material in kitchens, accounting for 25% of all installations, but vinyl is on the rise for the third year in a row, nearly doubling in popularity since 2019 to 23%.
White. gray continue their reign
Clean, coastal vibes don’t seem to be going away — white and gray are still the most popular colors for kitchen cabinets, backsplashes, and walls. But blues, blacks, and greens are trending up. You can even add visual interest to your space by using contrasting cabinet colors.
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