Homeowners in the Delaware County, PA area continue to dream and look for inspiration to make their homes the envy of the neighborhood. With many homeowners in the Delaware County, PA area continuing to work partially from home, the role of the kitchen has been transformed into serving as multifunctional spaces. New kitchen designs account for these new roles that include office, study, library, café, dining room, classroom, and other purposes. As a result, these new demands have encouraged homeowners nationwide to invest more in the most important room in their home, according to the just-released 2023 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.
There is a subtle shift in cabinet preferences according to the Houzz Kitchens Trends Study. Homeowners nationally and in the Delaware County, PA area are gravitating from Shaker-style cabinets to flat panel alternatives. While Shaker remains the number one choice among homeowners in the Delaware County, PA area and nationally, its popularity declined by 3 percentage points to 61% of all kitchens. Flat panel cabinets increased to 20%.
Custom cabinets remain the most popular choice among homeowners nationwide and that makes sense. Custom cabinets enable homeowners in the Delaware County, PA area to get the exact look and functionality that they want, where they want it, and how they want it. It enables homeowners to make a personal and distinct style and design statement and thoroughly enjoy using their kitchen for many years.
The ability to obtain the custom look that most homeowners in the Delaware County, PA area crave, requires replacing all of the existing cabinets during the remodel. That is the trend nationwide as well according to Houzz. Almost two in three kitchen remodels involved replacing existing cabinetry.
Homeowners increasingly are opting for wood-toned cabinets, representing about a quarter of all cabinet colors selected. White continues to be the most popular color choice selected in 40% of kitchen remodels nationwide. Another popular trend we see locally and nationwide is to select an island base color that differs from upper cabinets. This is the choice nearly half of all homeowners selected for their kitchen remodel.
Kitchens are also getting smarter thanks to technological innovations in faucetry (voice-activated, touchless, and smudge-proof) and appliances (Wi-Fi connectivity, app controls), hidden docking and charging stations, wireless speakers, and stereo systems, voice and app-activated lighting and smart temperature controls.
Homeowners increasingly are gravitating toward more sustainable options for their dream kitchens. More than 90% of kitchen remodels in 2022 featured sustainable products and systems. The most popular are LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances, and water-efficient fixtures. The two compelling reasons homeowners in the Delaware County, PA area are specifying sustainable products and solutions are to save money and to benefit the environment.