8 Trends from the 2024 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study and what it means for Builders, Contractors, and Interior Designers

The recently released 2024 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study offers a valuable glimpse into the evolving landscape of kitchen renovations. As builders, contractors, interior designers and sale professionals, understanding these trends is not just a matter of keeping up; it’s about aligning projects with the desires of clients. Let’s explore 8 trends that was revealed in the 2024 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.

1. Open-Concept Kitchens Take Center Stage
The study reveals a return to open-concept kitchens, fostering more socializing within the space. A significant 43% of respondents opted to make their kitchens more open to other indoor areas, with 64% of them removing a wall. For builders and contractors, this indicates a growing demand for seamless integration and multifunctional spaces.

2. Prioritizing Organized Storage
Functionality remains a top priority for homeowners, with organized storage solutions gaining popularity. Features like cookie sheet organizers, spice racks, and cutlery and utensil organizers have seen a 3% increase in popularity over the last year. Interior designers can leverage this trend to create aesthetically pleasing spaces that also maximize functionality.

3. Bigger Islands with Seating
Kitchens are evolving into multifunctional hubs, evidenced by the strong trend toward larger islands with seating. Among renovators, 42% added islands 7 feet or longer, emphasizing the kitchen’s role as a central space for various activities. For builders, this trend signals the importance of designing spacious and versatile kitchen islands.

4. Professional Assistance Remains Key
An overwhelming 84% of homeowners sought professional help for their kitchen renovations. For builders and contractors, this underscores the continued demand for expertise. General contractors and cabinetmakers are the primary professionals hired, emphasizing the collaborative nature of kitchen projects.

5. Light Colors Dominate
Light colors continue to dominate, especially on counters. White cabinets (46%) remain popular, along with wood options at 25%. A noteworthy trend is the differentiation of upper and lower cabinet colors, presenting opportunities for creative design approaches. Interior designers can play with color contrasts to meet diverse client preferences.

6. LED Lighting and Sustainability
LED lighting, recognized for sustainability and longevity, were featured in 91% of projects. Builders and contractors should consider incorporating recessed lighting, under-cabinet lights, and pendant lighting, responding to the increasing demand for well-lit, energy-efficient kitchens.

7. Cost Considerations
The study notes an upward trend in kitchen remodeling costs. For builders and contractors, understanding the median spend for major and minor remodels in your area provides crucial insights for project estimation and budget planning.

8. Adapting to Changing Preferences
Glass doors and open shelves are on the decline, indicating a shift toward concealed storage. Interior designers can align their designs with this preference for a more streamlined and clutter-free look.

To end, as builders, contractors, and interior designers, staying attuned to these kitchen trends equips professionals with the knowledge needed to create spaces that resonate with clients’ desires. For sales professionals, its just about understanding how to support clients and trade professionals. So from open-concept layouts to the eternal light colors, these insights pave the way for innovative and client-centric kitchen designs.

Shaun Ayala
Kitchen & Bath Marketer – Pacific Sales/ Best Buy