Island units have been popular for some time now, and the Houzz survey reveals that they still appear in at least 2 out of every 5 kitchen renovations. 49% of younger homeowners were likely to install them, along with pantry cabinets, compared to 36% of older people. Houzz’s principal economist Nino Sitchinava explained:
“They are a must-have in a millennial kitchen,”
“Millennials really do value that extra counter space.”
Open plan spaces a top priority
Just like island units, another key trend – open plan design – is still a top priority for kitchen renovators. One of the main aims is to increase space in the kitchen, followed closely by making the kitchen a more social and family-friendly space. The survey found that 51% of new kitchen designs are open to other rooms, while 20% are open to the outdoors.
Neutral tones and grey walls are on trend
People designing new kitchens seem to be very conscious about choosing styles that will date, opting instead for softer neutrals and trendy grey shades that will stay in fashion for longer. A big part of this appeal for neutral shades is Scandi-style design which remains incredibly popular.
Farmhouse styles are nearly as popular as contemporary looks
26% of young homeowners and 24% of baby boomers prefer contemporary looks for their new kitchens, but other styles are not far behind. Modern looks were chosen by 19% of survey respondents, while farmhouse kitchens are seeing a resurgence in popularity with 14% of those included in the study. 14% of baby boomers and just 8% of millennials admitted preferring a more traditional look.
Budget kitchens the top choice for younger homeowners
Unsurprisingly, those aged 35 and under are twice as likely to design a kitchen with budget considerations very firmly in mind. They are also more likely to get stuck in with the DIY and fitting of a kitchen, tackling the assembly of flat-pack units and other jobs.
However, around a third of younger homeowners splashed the cash on custom cabinetry, showing that there is a strong sense of getting the finish just right.
Anyone who has ever completed a kitchen renovation will know that the finish really is everything, so it’s just not worth skimping on important element such as kitchen fitting and custom joinery. If you need expert advice and a professional fitting service, A&J Kitchens will be happy to help.