7 Popular Kitchen Remodeling Trends

February 16, 2023
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These days homeowners are still spending a lot of money on kitchen renovations but they are increasingly selecting sustainable options that save in the long run. Preferences on cabinet styles, lighting and features are ever changing. See what is trending these days per recent studies by Houzz below.


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

Cabinet Styles

For quite a while now we have seen shaker style cabinets being among the top choice 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 majority of people select some kind of handle for the doors with bar pulls still being among the top choice.

Wood Cabinets

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

Professional Hiring

Cabinet makers are on the rise for being in demand with the vast majority of homeowners doing their remodel projects with a trade professional. Most will hire a general contractor for the job with those hiring a decorator or architect being up this year from years before.

Recessed Lighting Over Under Cabinet

Under Cabinet lighting still is very popular for task lighting, but recessed lighting has gained in popularity making it the number one choice for kitchen lighting.

High Tech Features

More than half of homeowners selected 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 increasing all around it is no surprise that the spend on kitchen remodeling projects is up across the board. From minor remodels to major gut renovations the median spend for nearly all was up year over year.