9 Top Kitchen Trends for 2017

2017 will be the year of custom storage, stainless steel and shiplap.

Houzz just released their Kitchen Trends Study for 2017. The report polled 2,707 users who are in the middle of, are planning or have recently completed a kitchen renovation. The results show farmhouse features, multicolored countertops and gray walls are the most popular for kitchens.

Here are the 10 major trends you need to know before you undergo a kitchen remodel.

1. Farmhouse is THE new favorite.
The farmhouse style kitchen, which often uses shiplap wood paneling, is in favor among millennial homeowners. Contemporary designs still rule supreme across all age groups.

 Image by  Rauser Design

Image by Rauser Design

2. Renovating your kitchen is good for your health.
A third of homeowners reported that their kitchen redos led to an overall healthier lifestyle, as it inspired respondents to prepare more meals at home and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

3. Countertops are top of mind.
While backsplashes and sinks are a close second, 95% of renovating homeowners list countertops as their primary kitchen upgrade.

4. A fresh coat of paint is perennially popular.

When it comes to walls, paint is the clear winner for a quick and easy refresh. 72% of respondents chose the simple upgrade for their spaces, with ceramic or porcelain tile ranking as the second-best option at 34%.

5. Smarter storage.
Savvy homeowners are incorporating customized storage solutions in 2017. 64% are opting for pull-out waste or recycling cabinets, 53% are incorporating cookie sheet/tray organizers and 15% are adding wine and bar cabinets.

 Image credits: The Hammer & Nail, Inc.

Image credits: The Hammer & Nail, Inc.

6. Neutrals still reign supreme.
Gray walls still hold the top color spot with 26% of renovators choosing the foolproof hue. For cabinets, white remain as popular as ever, luring 42% to the light side. “Multicolor” is the most popular choice for countertops — think speckled granite and quartz — at 33%.

7. Looks are the top triggers.
When it comes to what motivates people to tackle a kitchen renovation, unsurprisingly 43% said it was because they “can no longer stand the old kitchen.” 

8. Stainless steel is still reigning supreme.
It seems stainless steel won't go out of favor any time soon. 72% of respondents listed the standard silver finish as the top color choice for appliances. Black stainless steel also had a solid showing.

 Image credits: Elizabeth P. Lord Residential Design LLC

Image credits: Elizabeth P. Lord Residential Design LLC

9. Who wants to hand-wash? 
Dishwashers are at the top of the list of appliances that homeowners choose to upgrade during a renovation, with gas ranges and cooktops also on the rise. Only 1% opt for a pizza oven.

10. This favorite might be falling out of style.
Although still the top choice for users overall at 41%, granite countertops are down 4% in popularity compared with the 2016 report. Quartz pulls a close second with butcher-block at third. 

Article from Yahoo Style; by Megan Stein, People.