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Kitchen Remodeling Trends 2011

What the Experts Say

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Introduction

We all want to keep up with the latest trends in life. Whether it’s the clothes on our back, the car we drive, or the lifestyle we live, its nice to be in stride with the rest of society.

Perhaps the most important trend we want to get right are the trends in kitchen remodeling. If we are going to put weeks, or even months of our hard earned money into building a beautiful home, we certainly want to get it right.

Trends in kitchen modeling are often mistakenly dismissed as being nothing more than the latest “fad,” that will be around for just a fleeting moment before it is time to move onto the next craze. However, this is far from true. While there are kitchen fads that do exist, a kitchen trend is an entirely different matter. These kitchen trends are critical indicators of where the entire business of kitchen remodeling may be heading.

Let’s go back in time for just a brief moment. Not long ago, natural stone counters and fixed kitchen islands were viewed by most homeowners as “trends that would pass.” Today you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that didn’t want one in their home. Clearly certain trends are here to stay. It is for this reason that anyone even remotely interested in kitchen remodeling needs to keep their ear to the ground in order to predict the waves of the future.

Fortunately for us, great evidence has been gathered helping us to gain this peek into the future. Kitchen Cabinet King’s Kitchen Remodeling Trends Survey for 2011 has looked into some of the biggest kitchen remodeling trends and come up with a lot of useful data. Will green kitchen remodeling still be a major feature of kitchens in five years? Will engineered stone remain the hot, trendy countertop material that it is now? It’s impossible to know for certain. But with this Trends Survey 2011 you can’t say you weren’t warned!

The Survey

Participants were give 8 categories about kitchen design. They were asked to rate how trendy they were with 1 being the least trendy and 5 being the most trendy. They were also asked an open question in each category.

In each category the top percent number listed at the top indicates the grade of agreement on the trendiest factor. If you look at the graph you will notice that the ranks from least trendy to most trendy have been charted.

Scale

Kitchen Design Trends Scale

The Questions

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1. Kitchen Design Style

Which Kitchen Design Do You Find The Most Handy?

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2. Cabinetry

Which Three Cabinetry Brands are your Favorite?

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3. Flooring Materials

Which Floor Material Do You Find Is The Easiest Material To Clean?

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4. Countertop Materials

What Would Your Dream Countertop Be?

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5. Faucets & Sinks

If You Had To Pick, What Faucet And Sink Brands Are Your Favorite?

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6. Refrigeration

What Do You Think Is The Most Important Feature When Choosing A Refrigerator?

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7. Cooking Options

What Do You Think Is The Most Important Cooking Feature?

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8. Kitchen Island

What's The One Thing You Shouldn't Forget On A Kitchen Island?

The Results: The Most Trendy Factors

  1. The trendiest kitchen style is Green.
  2. The trendiest cabinetry is stainless steel.
  3. The trendiest floor is wood.
  4. The trendiest countertop is engineered stone.
  5. The trendiest faucet is pullout spray style.
  6. The trendiest refrigeration is metal.
  7. The trendiest cooking option is Induction cooktop.
  8. The trendiest kitchen island is table as island.

 

Kitchen Style Design

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According to the survey, the most trendy kitchen style is green with 87.2% of the vote.

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Which Kitchen Design Do You Find The Most Handy?

When it comes to kitchen design the results are rather interesting and a few factors come into consideration. Most people want to make sure that a house will be safe for resale, and therefore prefer to fill their kitchens with clean and neutral colors. However, homeowners also want to be able to have a kitchen that will be some original and make neighbors envious of what they have built. In a nutshell, it seems people want the best of both worlds, a product that is similar to what most other people are doing, yet, something that will stand out and impress. Many times this desire will result in homeowner selecting natural cabinetry, tile backsplashes, granite counters, and stainless steal appliances, in a simple, tradition, functional, and easy to clean style. People will often go for a style that is shaker or country. This choices provides a feeling that is classic yet hold a simplicity of online. It also provides most people with a warm and inviting feeling that will please people of all ages.

- Andrea Stolpe

Cabinetry

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According to the survey, the trendiest cabinetry is stainless steel with 80% of the vote.

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Which Three Cabinetry Brands are your Favorite?

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Flooring Materials

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According to the survey, the trendiest flooring material is reclaimed wood with 80% of the vote.

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Which Floor Material Do You Find Is The Easiest Material To Clean?

Sheet vinyl is the easiest material to clean but this does come with a price. This material has the least sophisticated look, so if you are looking to impress, you may want to go in a different direction. On the other side of sheet vinyl we have natural stone which is extremely durable and can be installed in very large places with minimal grout. If you decide to go with hardwood floors that are finished on site, they will provide great benefits as well. One of these benefits is that you will have smooth continuous surfaces that are void of unwanted groups that are often found on pre-finished flooring, in addition to the grout lines that are found in tiles.

- John Groelsh



Countertop Materials

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According to the survey, the trendiest countertop material is engineered stone with 82% of the vote.

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What Would Your Dream Countertop Be?

My dream countertops are the newer colors of Corian. Why? Because they offer a ton of great features that I love. For starters they are low-maintenance and easy to take care of. They also have a very appealing texture as well as being warm to the touch. These countertops are reminiscent of a natural stone, yet to not come with the unwanted annoyances that are usually tied to using a porous, natural stone countertop. Anyone who cooks should miss out on the opportunity to add a seamless integrated sink.

- Kelly Watts



Faucets & Sinks

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According to the survey, the trendiest faucet option is the pullout spray with 83% of the vote.

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If You Had To Pick, What Faucet And Sink Brands Are Your Favorite?

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Refrigeration

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According to the survey, the trendiest refrigeration finish is metal with 92.6% of the vote.

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What Do You Think Is The Most Important Feature When Choosing A Refrigerator?

The most important feature in a refrigerator is the ability to provide a sophisticated and sleek look by being able to integrate large appliances into a custom cabinetry.

- James Hernon



Cooking Options

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According to the survey, the trendiest cooking option is an induction cooktop with 85% of the vote.

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What Do You Think Is The Most Important Cooking Feature?

Safety first. Child locks are a must, with knobs being easy for us to reach. Controls should also be easy to read and process in order to avoid burns.

- Joanne Farmar



Kitchen Island

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According to the survey, the trendiest kitchen island is using an island as a table with 70.4% of the vote.

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What's The One Thing You Shouldn't Forget On A Kitchen Island?

Do not ever forget to have easy to reach outlets on a kitchen island.

- Eric Vasquez



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