“It is clear that homeowners are willing to spend a little more to get exactly what they want in countertops that are both beautiful and practical, despite rising prices of labor, products and materials,” Sargsyan said.
And as people continue to work from home, homeowners are making room for bigger kitchen islands. Nearly two in five new islands measures longer than seven feet in length today. Homeowners are also brightening up their spaces; 92 percent installed new light fixtures above islands.
The second most common feature that homeowners splurge on during kitchen renovations is appliances. Over a third of upgraded appliances have high-tech features, a 6-percent increase from the previous year. Wireless and smartphone controls are the most popular kitchen appliance features, according to the study.
You can never stock too many beverages, which is perhaps why nearly one in five homeowners install beverage refrigerators in their kitchens, and why 14 percent are adding wine refrigerators — up 50 percent from 2021.
Hardwood is the most popular flooring material in kitchens, accounting for 25 percent of all installations, but vinyl is on the rise for the third year in a row, nearly doubling in popularity since 2019 to 23 percent.
White and gray continue their reign
Clean, coastal vibes don’t seem to be going away — white and gray are still the most popular colors for kitchen cabinets, backsplashes and walls. But blues, blacks, and greens, are trending up at 26, 10 and 5 percent respectively. You can even add visual interest to your space by using contrasting cabinet colors.
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