Homeowners have been focused on making their kitchens work better for them as they spend more time at home, according to Houzz’s “2021 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study.” Here are three key ways the kitchen space is changing this year. 

  1. A focus on storage – Of the one-third of homeowners who opted for partial cabinet upgrades, more than a quarter added at least some cabinets to their newly renovated kitchen, nearly four times as many as the previous year. The percentage of homeowners adding or upgrading a pantry space also increased, with nearly half the surveyed homeowners upgrading pantry cabinets and one in eight adding a walk-in pantry, both gains from the previous year. There was also a greater focus on adding built-in specialty organizers, drawers or trays.
  1. Closing up open layouts— In 2020, people quickly recognized the disadvantages of having a lack of walls as multiple members tried to hold concurrent video meetings. The number of renovating homeowners opening their kitchen to other interior spaces has dropped dramatically since 2019. However, the open concept is not necessarily going away completely, says Houzz. Even just adding simple partitions or sliding doors between the kitchen and other spaces can often do the trick.
  1. Touchless tech – The pandemic has made many of us hyper-aware of the surfaces we touch. In response, there has been growing popularity for appliances with wireless controls; it grew by five percentage points since last year.

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