Trends come and go, but if you see something you love take it and run! Mitchell Parker gives us some awesome insight on the trends coming to kitchens in 2023.
When remodeling a kitchen, it’s helpful to know which choices are popular among other homeowners, even if you end up diverging from the crowd. A look at the just-released 2023 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study offers a good jumping-off point for making those decisions. Here you’ll find useful details on homeowner preferences for the scope and size of a kitchen, its look and feel, and common products and features.
1. Layout Changes Continue to Lead
When it comes to major kitchen remodeling changes, transforming the layout tops the list for homeowners (45%), followed by upgrading systems (41%) and modifying walls (36%).
2. Many Kitchens Are Increasing in Size
Meanwhile, many kitchens are getting larger. More than a quarter of homeowners (27%) make their kitchen somewhat larger as part of a remodel. And 6% of homeowners end up with a significantly larger kitchen, increasing the size by more than 50%.
A slight majority of kitchens (51%) are 200 square feet or more. More than a third (35%) are between 100 and 199 square feet, and about 1 in 7 (14%) are less than 100 square feet.
3. Open Kitchens Appeal
Speaking of open spaces, many homeowners once again are seeking kitchens that are open to interior spaces (40%, up from 38% in 2022) and open to outdoor spaces (20%, up from 18% in 2022).
Designing a kitchen without a wall separating it from other interior spaces remains the most popular choice (61%), though the option decreased in popularity by 4 percentage points year over year.
When opening a kitchen to outdoor spaces, homeowners most often go with double doors or a row of doors (46%).
Changes to kitchen layouts are common too. Nearly half of homeowners (45%) redo their kitchen layout. L-shaped (40%) and U-shaped (31%) kitchens are the most popular styles. Fewer homeowners select a galley layout (11%) or single-wall setup (8%).
4. Islands Remain Popular
The majority of remodeling homeowners (55%) either add an island or upgrade an existing one. More than a third (37%) have no island and a relatively small portion of homeowners (8%) keep their island as is.
When it comes to upgraded islands, the most popular storage options are drawers (79%) and cabinets with doors (79%). Less popular are open shelves (14%), though that share rose 3 percentage points year over year. Only 1% of homeowners choose no storage for their upgraded island.
As for size and shape, the vast majority of homeowners create an island that’s 6 feet or longer (74%) and in a rectangular or square shape (82%).
Nearly half of homeowners (46%) choose an island color that contrasts with the main cabinets. Top contrasting island colors are blue (24%), gray (15%), black (12%), medium-tone wood (12%) and dark wood (11%, a 5-point increase year over year).
5. Style Makeovers Are Still Widespread
More than 4 in 5 homeowners (83%) change the style of their kitchen when remodeling. Transitional remains the top style choice (23%), though the share of homeowners choosing it is down 2 points year over year.
Modern style (14%) has overtaken contemporary (12%) as the second-most popular choice. And more than 1 in 10 homeowners choose a farmhouse or traditional style.
6. Demand for Gray Walls Fades Again
White has long been a popular wall color choice in kitchens, but it’s increasingly the dominant selection. More than a third of homeowners (35%) go with white walls, a 3-point increase year over year. White also dominates backsplash color. More than 2 out of 5 homeowners (41%) choose a white backsplash. And, as mentioned in a previous article on the 2023 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, about the same amount of homeowners (40%) choose white cabinets.
Gray, long the second-most popular wall color choice, falls further out of favor with less than a quarter of homeowners (24%) choosing the color, down 4 points year over year, the fourth consecutive year of decline.
When it comes to appliances, it’s hard to top stainless steel. The finish is by far the favorite, with three-quarters (74%) of homeowners choosing it.
7. Multicolored Countertops Fall Further Out of Favor
Most remodeling homeowners (90%) upgrade their countertops in a kitchen remodel.
Again, white dominates among preferences and increasingly so (41% in 2023, compared with 39% in 2022 and 33% in 2021).
Meanwhile, the popularity of multicolored countertops has steadily declined (19% in 2023, from 24% in 2022 and 26% in 2021).
Among homeowners who are upgrading an island, one-fourth (25%) choose a countertop color that contrasts with the perimeter countertop color. The most commonly chosen island countertop colors to contrast with a perimeter countertop are white (29%), medium-tone wood (16%), black (11%, up 4 points year over year) and gray (11%).
The most popular countertop material remains engineered quartz (36%), though the choice dropped 6 points year over year. Other common material choices are granite (23%), butcher block or wood slab (10%), quartzite (8%) and marble (5%).
One-quarter of remodeling homeowners (25%) contrast their island countertop material with the surrounding countertop material. The top contrasting countertop material choice is butcher block or wood slab (31%).
8. Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Top Backsplash Choices
A large majority of homeowners (84%) upgrade their backsplash during a kitchen remodel. Tile is the top choice (85%) and ceramic or porcelain is the top material (67%).
A common remodeling decision homeowners face is where to stop their backsplash. Fully covering the area from the countertop to the cabinets or range hood is the most popular option (61%), though it declined in popularity by 5 percentage points year over year. Partial coverage ticked up 2 points to 21% in the same period.
About 1 in 10 homeowners (11%) fully cover the area up to the ceiling, while 4% choose to partially cover the area.
As mentioned earlier, white is the most common backsplash color choice (41%), followed by multicolored (16%, down 4 points) and gray (12%).
9. Loads of Dishwashers
A majority of homeowners (53%) upgrade all of their appliances during a kitchen remodel. About a third (32%) upgrade some.
The most commonly upgraded appliances are the dishwasher (75%, up 4 points year over year), refrigerator (75%), microwave (72%), range (63%), range hood (59%) and garbage disposal (52%).
The majority of homeowners select new appliances based on functionality (64%) and quality (63%). But look and feel (54%), as well as energy efficiency (22%), are also important.
10. Vinyl Again Trails Hardwood for Flooring
A majority of homeowners (67%) upgrade their flooring during a kitchen remodel. One-fourth of homeowners choose stained or unstained hardwood, consistent with last year.
Vinyl or resilient flooring is also popular (22%), as are ceramic or porcelain tile (19%) and engineered wood (15%).