What Type of Kitchens are Houzz Users Searching for Right Now?
Find out which colours, features and styles have been resonating with homeowners and designers on Houzz this year
We were curious to see what new styles, features and aesthetics have surfaced over the past year. Using search insights from our community of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home professionals, here are the hottest emerging trends.
Spending more time at home during the pandemic prompted many of us to reflect on our spaces and how they look and feel. The result? A renewed confidence in our choices of colour and style.
Homeowners want to inject their own personality into their properties, and this is certainly illustrated by what people are browsing on Houzz. The search term ‘unusual kitchens’ more than doubled in popularity in 2021 compared to the year before.
Designers on Houzz are uploading some brilliantly creative kitchen projects, such as this one from MH Costa Construction with its inventive flooring and eclectic mix of colourful cabinetry.
Nature-inspired hues have been providing a wonderful calming feel to homes over the past year, and the most popular shade is green.
The search term ‘green kitchens’ increased by 48% this year, with searches for ‘sage green’, ‘forest green’ and ‘dark green’ all rising in popularity.
The emerald cabinets in this room by Classic Kitchens Direct provide an elegant, classic look against the modern white tiles and open shelving.
According to our Houzz & Home survey, rural living is becoming increasingly popular, particularly with the younger generation. 33% of those aged between 25 and 39 who plan to move, told us they’d like to swap their urban neighbourhood for a rural one, and 67% are keen to move from a suburban area to a countryside location.
You don’t have to move to get that rustic feel in your home, though. Instead, try updating your urban kitchen to a country style design. Houzz users had this in mind during 2021, as the search term ‘country kitchen’ rose by 54% compared to 2020. The search terms ‘panelling’, ‘exposed beam’ and ‘exposed brick’ also shot up in popularity (up 187%, 171% and 90% respectively).
For many of those who were lucky enough to be able to work from home during the past year, a mix of commuting to the office and homeworking is still part of their future plans. For this ideal set-up, though, you might need a little more space.
Lofts, spare rooms and garden rooms have all been utilised to squeeze in offices, activity areas and even room to look after loved ones at home. Perhaps that’s why the term ‘kitchenette’ has risen by 182% during 2021 versus 2020.
This garden room, designed by Matthew Giles Architects, is a great example. The birch ply kitchenette inclues an induction hob, an oven, a small dishwasher, an under-counter fridge and storage in the cabinet at the end.
See more of this multi-functional garden room.
Over the past few years, terrazzo surfaces have been slowly edging their way from London Underground floors and into our homes. Houzz users are embracing this multi-faceted material and are now incorporating it in their kitchens.
The search term ‘terrazzo’ has increased by 230% this year compared to 2020. In this kitchen, designed by Interior Fox a terrazzo-inspired splashback adds an interesting contrast to the clean white cabinets.
In contrast to those tranquil, nature-inspired colours mentioned earlier, black is also seeing a rise in popularity.
The search terms ‘black kitchen worktop’ and ‘black pendant lights’ more than doubled in popularity when compared to the previous year.
Black features look great as a grounding accent alongside softer shades. Alternatively, go for an all over dark aesthetic like Samantha Watkins McRae has done here. The jet black cabinets and dark marble surfaces are dramatically lifted by a striking gold island and shelving.
What do you think of these rising trends? Share your thoughts in the Comments.