Kitchen Remodeling Trends

What the Experts Say

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2010-2011

Trendy Kitchen'sImage: mod kitchen 7, a Creative Commons Attribution image from kitchendesigner's photostream

Introduction

Trends in kitchen remodeling are often dismissed as being temporary fads that appear one day, pass the next. While kitchen fads do exist, kitchen trends are an entirely different matter. They are critical indicators of where kitchen remodeling may be permanently heading.

Not long ago, natural stone counters and fixed kitchen islands were viewed by many as "trends that would pass." Today, these are mainstays of kitchen design. Anyone even remotely interested in kitchen remodeling needs to keep their ear to the ground in order to predict the waves of the future.

Fixr's Kitchen Remodeling Trends Survey 2010-2011 is that peek into the future. Will green kitchen remodeling still be a major feature of kitchens five years from now? Will engineered stone remain the hot, trendy countertop material that it is now? It's impossible to know for certain. But with this Trends Survey 2010-2011, you can't say that you weren't warned.

-Lee Wallender

The Survey

Participants were asked to rate how trendy 8 categories about kitchen design trends were. (being 1 least trendy and 5 most trendy). They were also asked an open question on each category.

In each category the top % number listed on top indicates the grade of agreement on the most trendy factor, and the graph ranks factors from least trendy to most trendy.

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The Questions

Kitchen Design Style

1. Kitchen Style Design

What is the most handy kitchen style?

Cabinetry

2. Cabinetry

What are your three favorite cabinetry brands?

flooring materials

3. Flooring Materials

What floor material is easiest to clean?

coutertop materials

4. Countertop Materials

What's your dream countertop?

Faucets

5. Faucets & Sinks

What are your top three faucet & sink brands?

Refrigeration

6. Refrigeration

What is the most important feature in a refrigerator?

Cooking Options

7. Cooking Options

What is the most important cooking feature?

Kitchen Island

8. Kitchen Island

What's one thing you cannot forget on a kitchen island?

The Results

Most trendy factors

  1. Green is the most trendy kitchen style.
  2. Stainless Steel is the most trendy cabinetry.
  3. Reclaimed Wood is the most trendy floor.
  4. Engineered Stone is the most trendy countertop.
  5. Pullout Spray Style is the most trendy faucet.
  6. Metal is the most trendy refrigeration.
  7. Induction Cooktop is the most trendy cooking option.
  8. Table as Island is the most trendy kitchen island.

Top Trends

Top Contributors

Nicole Sassaman,

Celebrity Designer/President at Sassaman Properties

Ann Porter,

Certified Kitchen Designer/Owner at Kitchen Studio of Naples

Andrea Pack,

Certified Kitchen Designer/Owner at Pack Design LLC.

Angie Keyes,

Cerfified Kitchen Designer at Insignia Design Group, LTD

Kristen Youles,

Cerfified Kitchen Designer at Artistic Kitchens

Amy Ahearn,

Certified Kitchen Designer at Jaeger Lumber

Paige K. Castellini,

Interior Designer/Owner, PC Design LLC.

Alesha E. Churba,

Interior Designer/Owner, A.E.Churba Design.

Lori Sylvester,

Interior Designer/Owner at Lake Life Style Designs LLC.

Joyce Joneschiet,

Interior Designer/Owner at Topaz Interior Design LLC.

Erinn Valencich,

Owner/Interior Designer at Erinn V. Design Group

Garrett Hardy,

Owner/Interior Designer at Hemel Group

Adrian Truluck,

Owner/Interior designer at Parker Sims Interiors

Layla Palmer,

Owner/Design Consultant at The Lettered Cottage

Jamie Kern,

President/Interior Designer of Design Theory Interiors

Jim Grosspietsch,

Owner, Studio G Interiors inc.

Victor js Liberatore, ASID,

Owner at Victor Liberatore Interior Design

Melinda Sechrist, FASID,

President/Creative Director of Sechrist Design Associates

Kim Johnson,

Blogger at desiretoinspire.net

Kitchen Style Design

87.2% agree that green is the most trendy kitchen style.

Deisgn Styles
Kitchen Style design
Green DeisgnImage: Western Interiors Kitchens_12, a Creative Commons Attribution image from kitchendesigner's photostream

What is the most handy kitchen design?

"Most people like clean lines and neutral colors in their kitchens, they want what is safe for resale and at the same time unique from their neighbors while still earning their admiration. It seems incredibly contradictory, but people want to be unique while at the same time they are doing exactly what everyone else is doing, and that is selecting neutral cabinetry, granite counters, stainless appliances, and tile backsplashes, all in a traditional, simple, functional and easy-to-clean style. Most of the time that style is country or shaker, because it has classic appeal and simplicity of line. It also has a very cozy and welcoming feel to it which appeals to most people in all age groups."

-Andrea Pack from Pack Design LLC.

Cabinetry

80% agree that stainless steel is the most trendy cabinetry.

Cabinetry
Kitchen Style design
Steel Cabinetry Image: Contemporary Kitchen, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from nancyhugo's photostream

What are your three favorite cabinetry brands?

Kraftmaid         American Woodmark         Pacific Crest

Flooring Materials

80% agree that reclaimed wood is the most trendy flooring material.

Flooring Materials
Flooring Material
Reclaimed Wood

What floor material is easiest to clean?

"Sheet vinyl is certainly easy to clean but it's the least sophisticated look. In contrast, natural stone is quite durable and can be installed in very large pieces with minimal grout. Hardwood floors that are finished on-site (sanded smooth and stained on-site) are also a great choice because they are smooth continuous surfaces without the grooves you often find in pre-finished flooring, or the grout lines found in tiles."

-Jim Grosspietsch from Studio G Interiors, Inc.

Countertop Materials

82% agree that engineered stone is the most trendy countertop.

Countertop Materials
Countertop Materials
Engineered StoneImage: DSCF1694, a Creative Commons Attribution image from hansnyc's photostream

What's your dream countertop?

"I prefer countertops that are low-maintenence, warm to the touch, with interesting visual texture/movement. For these reasons, I really love the newer colors of Corian. They mimic the beauty of natural stone, without all of the drawbacks associated with using a porous, natural stone countertop. A seamless integrated sink is a must-have for anyone who cooks."

-Kristen Joules from Artistic Kitchens

Faucets & Sinks

83% agree that pullout spray is the most trendy faucet option.

Pullout Spray Style
Faucets & Sinks
Pullout Spray StyleImage: spring cleaning, a Creative Commons Attribution image from nosha's photostream

What are your top three faucet & sink brands?

Hansgrohe         Kohler         dornbracht

Refrigeration

92.6% agree that metal is the most trendy refrigeration finish.

Refrigeration
Refrigeration
French DoorImage: 0704091329.jpg, a Creative Commons Attribution image from steevithak's photostream

What is the most important feature in a refrigerator?

"While function is always key, homeowners are now exercising their option to conceal bulky appliances by integrating them into custom cabinetry. The result is a sophisticated clean look."

-Jamie Kern from Design Theory Interiors

Cooking Options

85% agree that induction cooktop is the most trendy cooking option.

Cooking Options
Cooking Options
Induction CooktopImage: Gaggenau cooktop, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from hendry's photostream

What is the most important cooking feature?

"Safety is most important when cooking. Knobs should be easy to reach with child locks. The controls should also be easy to read so you know when they are turned off or if a burner is still hot."

-Ann Porter from Kitchen Studio of Naples

Kitchen Island

70.4% agree that table as an island is the most trendy kitchen island.

Kitchen Island
Kitchen Island
Table as Island Image: Open Kitchen, a Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image from nancyhugo's photostream

What's one thing you cannot forget on a kitchen island?

"One thing you cannot forget in a kitchen Island are outlets"

-Erinn Valencich from Erinn V. Design Group

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