Kitchen renovation trends 2017 revealed: Pantries on the rise, open plan still popular

posted on Friday, 10th February 2017 by Steve May

Kitchen  Renovation  Trends  Appliances 


When it comes to kitchen renovations, more than one in 10 homeowners spent over £50K on their kitchen renovation in 2016 (16 per cent) and another 22 per cent spent between £25k and £50k, according to the 2017 Houzz UK Kitchen Trends Survey. Houzz is a leading platform for home renovation and design.   

The majority of homeowners hire professionals for their kitchen renovations (93 per cent), including tradesmen (70 per cent), kitchen fitters (49 per cent) and kitchen designers (47 per cent).

When it comes to design trends, open-plan living remains popular, with over half of kitchens more open to nearby rooms following renovations (59 per cent). Nearly two thirds of kitchens also gain square footage during updates (63 per cent). With these larger spaces, homeowners spend more time with their families (69 per cent) and entertain more frequently (51 per cent).

40 per cent of kitchen updaters are installing pantry cabinets and nearly one in 10 make space for a walk-in pantry (9 per cent). More than a quarter of homeowners purchase a built-in wine fridge for their renovated kitchens (29 per cent).  


Along with these positive lifestyle impacts, the majority of kitchen updates also include a style change (88 per cent). Contemporary tops the kitchen style list for UK homeowners (56 per cent), with traditional and country styles trailing behind (10 per cent and 7 per cent).

The most popular features to replace or upgrade in a kitchen renovation are cabinets (93 per cent), worktops (93 per cent) and taps (90 per cent). Of the 89 per cent investing in appliances, more than four fifths opt for a dishwasher (82 per cent) and fridge freezers (78 per cent). Among the more unusual appliances, homeowners are choosing boiling water taps (24 per cent) warming drawers (18 per cent) and drink fridges (16 per cent).

There’s also a definite trend to higher tech appliances. Features such as colour touch-screen displays (17 per cent) and smartphone or tablet control (12 per cent) are popular.

Among those updating flooring in kitchen renovations, engineered wood is the preferred flooring choice in 16 per cent of updated kitchens, behind porcelain or ceramic tiles (30 per cent). Of those upgrading worktops in kitchen renovations, 16 per cent opt for a butcher’s block or wood slab and 15 per cent of new worktops sport a medium-wood hue.

When it comes to colour schemes, neutral hues are preferred in the majority of kitchen upgrades, with white (50 per cent), grey (18 per cent) and beige (12 per cent) the top three wall colour choices. Green and blue, however, only make modest appearances on new kitchen walls (5 per cent and 4 per cent, respectively).

Popular styles include stainless steel appliances (47 per cent) and white cabinets (31 per cent). Black stainless steel is having a moment and will be included in nearly one in ten of updated kitchens (9 per cent).

Read the Houzz survey in full here.

Steve May

Inside ID Editor Steve May is a freelance lifestyle and technology journalist, who also writes for Ideal Home, the i, T3, Home Cinema CHoice, TechRadar and Trusted Reviews.

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Posted by Kevin Leach on 22nd July 2017, 12:05 PM
Yes, when it comes to kitchen renovation, most of the homeowners are spending thousands of money in it. Kitchen and bathroom, both the rooms are very crucial for every home, so we spend a lot to develop the kitchen condition. Day by day the design trends are changing and we adopt the innovative and attractive look for our kitchen. Thanks for providing such kitchen decor options. It will definitely bring a new look to our kitchen.

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