Houzz kitchen survey tracks transitional style’s popularity and trend

Our kitchens are going more transitional in style, and we’re mixing it up a lot more in our choice of materials, according to Houzz’s annual kitchen trends study.

Based on its online survey of people who remodeled kitchens in the second half of 2020 or were planning to tackle the project in the first half of 2021, homeowners clearly want more function, more color and more style in the room we call the heart of the home.

2020 may be remembered as a year of sudden, mass unemployment, but for those taking on home remodeling projects — contractors everywhere say they’re busier than ever — even more (40 percent, up from last year’s 37 percent) said they started renovations because they can finally afford it. Some 35 percent said they simply “couldn’t stand” the old kitchen; 30 percent said their old kitchens had just deteriorated and 28 percent were updating or personalizing a home they’d just purchased.

The most popular upgrades — in both large and small projects — was adding new counters (88 percent) and backsplash tile (83 percent). Sinks (80 percent), plumbing fixtures (79 percent), lighting (74 percent) and flooring (65 percent) were also popular.

Cost savings were

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Houzz kitchen survey tracks transitional style’s popularity

Our kitchens are going more transitional in style and we’re mixing it up a lot more in our choice of materials, according to Houzz’s annual kitchen trends study.

Based on its online survey of people who remodeled kitchens in the second half of 2020 or were planning to tackle the project in the first half of 2021, homeowners clearly want more function, more color and more style in the room we call the heart of the home.

2020 may be remembered as a year of sudden, mass unemployment, but for those taking on home remodeling projects — contractors everywhere say they’re busier than ever — even more (40 percent, up from last year’s 37 percent) said they started renovations because they can finally afford it. Some 35 percent said they simply “couldn’t stand” the old kitchen; 30 percent said their old kitchens had just deteriorated and 28 percent were updating or personalizing a home they’d just purchased. Transitional is a blend of traditional and contemporary styles with simple classic lines.

The most popular upgrades — in both large and small projects — were adding new counters (88 percent) and backsplash tile (83 percent). Sinks (80 percent), plumbing fixtures (79 percent),

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Latest kitchen trends tracked in Houzz



a kitchen filled with lots of furniture: White continues to be the top color choice for kitchen cabinets, but its dominance is waning.


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White continues to be the top color choice for kitchen cabinets, but its dominance is waning.

The pandemic has had an impact on just about every facet of life — including what people want in their kitchens, according to the recently released Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.

Four COVID-related trends were identified in the study, which queried more than 2,000 Houzz users who had completed a kitchen remodeling or addition in the past year, were currently working on one or planned to start one within the next three months.



a large kitchen with stainless steel appliances and wooden cabinets: Kitchen trends include big islands with plenty of storage.


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Kitchen trends include big islands with plenty of storage.

The study was conducted in late June/early July 2020 when the pandemic was entering its fourth month and stockpiling of food staples and household supplies was common. Not surprisingly, storage was on people’s minds; 94{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} of kitchen projects involved at least some cabinets, and 63{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} replaced all cabinets. Of the 31{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} of homeowners who opted for partial cabinet upgrades, 28{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} added some cabinets, nearly a fourfold increase over the previous year.



a large kitchen with stainless steel appliances and wooden cabinets: Kitchen trends include big islands with plenty of storage.


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Kitchen trends include big islands with plenty of storage.

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