7 Popular Kitchen Remodeling Trends

These days homeowners are still paying a lot of money on kitchen renovations but they are increasingly selecting sustainable options that save over time. Preferences on cabinet styles, lighting and features are always changing. See what the trends are these days per recent studies by Houzz below.


A lot of homeowners are choosing sustainable options such as LED light bulbs, energy efficient appliances and water efficient fixtures. While these can sometimes require a little more money up front, they are cost effective in the long run which is also ultimately more environmentally friendly.

Cabinet Styles

For many years now we have seen shaker style cabinets being among the top picks for remodels. However, there has recently been a slight increase in flat panel styles instead. Custom cabinetry has still been going strong, being among the favorites. The vast majority of people select some kind of handle for the doors with bar pulls still being among the top choice.

Wooden Cabinets

While white cabinets aren’t going anywhere soon, wood tones are a close runner up and are gaining popularity year over year. Additionally, picking a different color island cabinet from the surrounding is also among one of the more trendy choices.

Professional Hiring

Demand for cabinet makers is on the rise with the vast majority of homeowners doing their remodel projects with a trade professional. Most people will hire a general contractor for the job with those hiring a decorator or architect being up this year from recent years.

Recessed Lighting Over Under Cabinet

Under cabinet lighting still is very popular for task lighting solutions, but recessed lighting has gained even more in popularity bringing it to the number one choice for kitchen lighting. 

High Tech Features

More than half of homeowners chose an upgraded faucet such as water efficient, touch-only or touch free and no-fingerprint coating. Top tech features for appliances on the rise include wi-fi capable ones and those controllable by smartphones. 

Budgets Increasing

With costs going up all around it is no surprise that the spend on kitchen remodeling projects is up across the board. From smaller remodels jobs to major gut renovations the median spend for nearly all was up year over year.