Top Kitchen Remodeling Trends, According to Houzz—Including the #1 Cabinet Style

Spoiler: Open concept kitchens are on the decline.

In the 2022 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, some results came as no surprise: White kitchen cabinets and stainless steel appliances are still the go-to choices. But this study also reflected radical shifts in how we're using our kitchens—including the decline of open-concept kitchens.

Houzz surveyed more than 2,300 U.S. homeowners who had either completed a kitchen remodel over the past 12 months or were planning to start one within the next three months. These homeowners had their sights set on spacious kitchen islands and plenty of cabinet organizers to help them contain clutter. Here's what the study revealed about other top kitchen remodeling trends.

01 of 07

Splurge-Worthy Countertops

Inset Traditional Kitchen Cabinet Style featured on light blue wood island with marble countertop.
Anastasia Harrison / AHD&Co

Not only was an upgraded kitchen countertop the most popular feature in kitchen remodels—91 % of homeowners updated the counters—but 35% reported that they "splurged" on their countertop choice, or spent more than they originally planned.

Although engineered quartz is still the top material for kitchen counters (42%), it fell nine points from 2021's survey (51%). Quartzite, which is natural, porous stone (not engineered stone like quartz), has gained 2% points in 2022.

02 of 07

Kitchen Islands Are Getting Longer

A kitchen with a dark wood island, veiny marble countertops, and exposed wood ceiling beams

Ashley Montgomery Design

In fact, according to the Houzz survey participants, nearly two out of five kitchen islands are more than 7 feet long (whoa!). Homeowners are using all that extra space to not only cook and bake, but also work from home—20% report they now work from their kitchen island. The space below the counter is being used for extra storage, with 78% adding cabinets with closed doors.

03 of 07

Shaker-Style Cabinets

Shaker Style Walnut Cabinet Doors
Anastasia Harrison / AHD&Co

From 2021 to 2022, Shaker-style kitchen cabinets jumped 8 points, with 64% of home remodelers now opting for this mainstay of transitional home decor style. The second-most popular style, flat-panel cabinets, trails way behind with 17%.

04 of 07

Open-Layout Kitchens Lose Ground

Open Layout Modern Kitchen and Living Room
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As many home decor experts have been predicting, open concept floor plans are falling out of favor; many families wish they had one more wall or door, and just a little more privacy. The study results reflect that shift, with only 38% of homeowners opening up their kitchen to other rooms in 2022, compared to 46% in 2020.

05 of 07

Vinyl Flooring Gains Popularity

TrafficMaster Peel and Stick Vinyl Tile Flooring

Home Depot

When it comes to kitchen flooring, hardwood is still the top choice (25%, but vinyl is gaining traction, soaring from 14% in 2020 to 23% in 2022. Vinyl is now even more popular than ceramic or porcelain tile (19%). Not only is vinyl water-resistant and affordable, but the softer feel underfoot may make it attractive to remodelers who want a comfortable home.

06 of 07

Specialty Organizing Cabinets Are on the Rise


Specialty cabinet and drawer organizers are becoming increasingly popular in almost every single category as homeowners search for custom solutions to kitchen clutter. Cabinets designed to hold cookie trays (51%) and drawers with pull-out waste or recycling bins (63%) landed the top spots.

07 of 07

Appliances Go High-Tech

Filling a cup of water from the fridge


More than one-third of homeowners reported that they added a new kitchen appliance with high-tech features. Number one on the list: appliances with wireless and smartphone controls (26%). Now you can control the oven temp and cooking time from your phone, without leaving the sofa. You can also now use an app to see inside your fridge the next time you're at the grocery store and can't remember if you need to buy milk.

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