Cabinets are a major component in any kitchen. They store, organize and hide kitchen items, and they also make up a large amount of the visual space. In other words, cabinets play a big role in how a kitchen looks and functions. Here, we look at homeowner preferences for kitchen cabinet styles, colors, materials, storage components and more.
1. Most Homeowners Replace All Their Cabinets
We, at HomesReinvented by SatinTouch finds, the majority of renovating homeowners (65%) replace all of their cabinets, while nearly a third (29%) partially replace their cabinets. Only 6% of homeowners do not replace or upgrade their kitchen cabinets.
The 29% of renovating homeowners who choose to partially replace their kitchen cabinets, the majority (65%) refinish the exterior. A quarter of homeowners (25%) add some cabinets, while about the same number (23%) replace only the doors. A fifth of homeowners replace some cabinets, while 14% refinish the interiors.
This Golden Valley, MN kitchen, by HomesReinvented by SatinTouch, has white cabinets with Shaker-style doors, two popular features revealed in the study. The gray island color, chosen by our In-house Designer, helps accent the beauty of our clients new kitchen.
2. Hiring of Cabinetmakers Is on the Rise
Homeowners are increasingly hiring professional cabinetmakers to help create the right cabinetry for their kitchens. Nearly a third of homeowners (31%) hire a cabinetmaker; that percentage increased by 4 points in 2022 compared with 2021. HomesReinvented by SatinTouch has all of their cabinets custom made for their clients.
Why, you may ask? The owner explains why, “They are built to our customers exact needs. The quality and workmanship cannot be beat by a box store item. And finally, the esthetic appeal our cabinets bring to the kitchen, as well as the ability to have them compliment other pieces of furniture in the home in the home. Ultimately, you should see everything come together seamlessly and cohesively.”
3. Shaker-Style Cabinets Shape Most Kitchens
Most homeowners (64%) choose Shaker-style cabinets for their kitchen, followed by flat-panel (17%) and raised-panel (13%).
Many homeowners (43%) choose custom construction, while a little more than a third (35%) go the semicustom route. The vast majority (76%) choose solid wood cabinets, while a fifth (20%) opt for plywood.
More than half of homeowners (57%) add or update a kitchen island during a remodel. Of those, about 1 in 10 (12%) chooses a cabinet door style for the island that’s different than the style of the main cabinets. Shaker style is the most popular contrasting style (43%), followed by raised-panel (23%) and flat-panel (17%).
4. White Dominates for Cabinet Color
White is by far the most popular color when it comes to kitchen cabinets, with about 2 out of 5 homeowners choosing it. But wood is a strong runner-up. When you combine medium- and light-tone wood options, wood cabinets are chosen by nearly 1 in 5 homeowners (19%). Gray is also a popular selection, with 1 in 10 homeowners (10%) choosing it for the past three years.
For this kitchen in Wayzata, MN, our Designer, John Zuber, had the kitchen come to life with white Shaker-style cabinets built for the island and stove, and a custom Shaker-style vent hood. He then designed the rest of the kitchen to feature new walnut cabinets for the refrigerator and double-oven wall, creating a warm and welcoming two-tone style. This was all accomplished by having the kitchen custom built by the team at HomesReinvented.by SatinTouch.
5. Specialty Storage Steps Up
Homeowners are creating storage to organize a variety of kitchen items. A slight majority (51%) integrate organizers for cookie sheets, while a larger majority (63%) add a pullout for waste and recycling.
Homeowners also are adding storage components for things like spices (42%), cutlery (40%), utensils (35%), pots and pans (31%) and small appliances (25%). Many go with specialty storage solutions like deep drawers (40%), Lazy Susans (39%), pullouts or swingouts (38%) and corner pullouts (20%) as well.. A feature that we love including in the custom cabinet we bring to our customers are doggie dish pullouts and buffet pullouts.