Today’s Kitchen Design Trends

October 2016

Kitchens are a gathering place in most homes and it comes to no surprise that kitchen and bath remodels are most common. According to Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (HJCHS), kitchen-related remodeling may exceed new construction next year, with estimates for home remodels and renovations as high as $321 billion by mid-2017. One of the driving forces behind the increase in renovations and remodeling has been the rebounding equity that homeowners have.

With more home-owners choosing to remodel, there has been a larger emphasis on features and design over cost. What are the design trends we are seeing today?


Wood-based cabinets are still the most common, however there is a variation in the panel type of wood cabinets with 60% of home-owners having a wood finished cabinetry with a raised panel and 25% having a wood finish with a flat panel, 5% are laminate and 10% listed as other.

The most popular color is white with 34%, followed by wood (medium tone) at 20%, gray at 9%, wood (dark tone) at 7% and multi-colored at 6%. Although Zillow recently reported an increase in tuxedo design cabinetry using complimentary colors as an alternative to traditional cabinetry.

Counter Tops

Granite counter tops are overwhelmingly popular with 64% followed by laminate at 14%, engineered stone 9%, solid-surface 9% and other 4%. Of those with granite counter tops three colors choices stand out: 30% of respondents have multi-colored, 26% have white, 18% have black, and 26% reporting other.


An overwhelming 79% of respondents prefer stainless steel appliances with only 6% black and 4% white.

2016 Annual Builder Practices Report
Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

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