Setting the mood. Undercabinet lighting remains the most
popular choice for new lighting features, but the popularity
of pendant lights is on the rise.
Stainless steel is not just for forks. Stainless appliances
are the most popular appliance color choice for updated
kitchens, with 72 percent of renovating homeowners
selecting this finish. White came in a very distant second.
If you can’t hang drywall yourself, you’re in darn good
company. While some Houzz readers are intrepid DIYers,
the majority — 88 percent — hire at least one pro for
their kitchen renovations, according to the survey. General
contractors are the most frequently hired professionals,
chosen by 54 percent of renovating homeowners.
Renovate to lose weight? One-third of kitchen renovators
claimed healthier habits post-renovation, while the
remaining two-thirds of kitchen renovators said they were
equally healthy after the renovation. Forty-one percent of
homeowners who renovated their kitchens are cooking
more at home, 34 percent are ordering less takeout, and 26
percent are eating more fruits and vegetables. A whopping
76 percent of kitchen renovators cook five or more meals at
home each week after their renovation.
White cabinets aren’t going anywhere. White cabinetry
remains the most popular choice for kitchens, with wood
coming in second (representing a combined 29 percent,
when light, medium and dark woods are added up). A
greater share of millennials ( 47 percent) are likely to choose
white cabinetry than baby boomers. Among the older
group, only 41 percent choose white.