7 Big-Picture Kitchen Remodeling Trends Happening Now

1. Sustainability Influences Choices

Most homes (92%) who remodel their kitchens include environmentally friendly features, such as LED lightbulbs (65%), energy-efficient appliances (61%), and water-efficient fixtures (34%).

2. Cabinet Styles Shift

For years now, most homeowners have chosen cabinets in the Shaker style. Even though the look is still the most popular choice, it is now only 61%, down 3 points from 2024.

3. Wood Cabinets Gain Popularity

The color is still the most-chosen option (40%). But wood tones are a close second. Two-fourths of homes (24%) choose cabinets that look like wood.

4. Pro Hiring Remains Strong

 The number of homes who hired a cabinetmaker went up from 31% in 2022 to 32% in 2023. That's up from 27% in 2021 and 26% in 2024.

5. Recessed Lighting Overtakes Undercabinet Lighting

Lights flush with the ceiling offer adequate overhead light without being seen. This form of lighting rose 6 points to 72% year over year, surpassing undercabinet lighting.

6. High-Tech Features Abound

More than half of homeowners (51%) choose an upgraded faucet with high-tech features such as water efficiency (24%), touch-only or touch-free activation (23%) and no-fingerprint coating (23%).

7. Renovation Spending Rises

More money is being spent by homeowners on kitchen remodels of all kinds. By mid-2024, the average cost of a small repair had gone up by $4,000 a year to $14,000.

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