Emerging kitchen trends show homeowners thirst for clutter-free customization

Homeowners’ unabated preference for open kitchens means storage options need to be integrated and invisible
Bold colors are among the emerging trends in kitchen design. (Photo: ArchitectureVIZ, Dreamstime)

This year promises to hold plenty of opportunities for professionals not only to demonstrate their creativity but also to show off their handiwork, as more homeowners seek to maximize—and crucially, to hide—their storage options in a room where precious little storage space has traditionally been included. No matter the size or shape of the kitchen, you’ll likely hear requests for custom hidden storage features. With myriad ways to incorporate these pieces into all manner of spaces, 2019’s kitchen storage options are aplenty yet absent to the eye.

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Indeed, overhauling the cabinetry is a priority for 78% of renovating homeowners, according to the “2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey.

A lid for every pot

With more homeowners recognizing the splendor of custom fixtures, built-ins are having a big year. Beautiful additions to any kitchen style, 40% of homeowners who undertake a kitchen remodel are opting for built-in pantry cabinets and 38% choose built-in islands. Nineteen percent build in a breakfast bar.

Other designers and remodelers are finding clever ways to build in a variety of less obvious but equally useful kitchen items:

  • Wine refrigerator/rack: 16%
  • Pantry (reach-in closet): 13%
  • Peninsula: 12%
  • Coffee/tea station: 11%
  • Pantry (walk-in): 10%
  • Seating/banquette: 8%
  • Desk/buffet: 6%
  • Beverage station: 6%
  • Baking station: 5%

Specialty organizers are making their way into drawers and trays in every part of the kitchen, and again, the buzzword is “built-in.” The most common specialty drawer by far, chosen by an impressive 68% of homeowners who remodeled their kitchen, accommodates a pull-out waste or recycling bin. Lazy Susan or revolving trays went into 44% of kitchen cabinet upgrades, 42% added swing-out or pull-out drawers, 22% included drawers in which to house small appliances, 19% chose pull-out corner drawers and another 14% built in a wine or bar storage. Less popular but almost certain to gain in popularity is the inclusion of built-in pet feeding stations, selected by 7% of homeowners.

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Lounge lizards at heart, Americans see the kitchen as a social space, so ensuring there’s plenty of inviting seating is crucial. Enter bench seating. Whether situated in a newly built nook, around the table or against the walls, comfy benches not only encourage a more social kitchen, but also double as clever storage solutions for homeowners seeking to declutter. Although only 8% added a built-in banquette or seating, experts expect that figure to surge this year.

Amy Guettler

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