New Kitchens Lead to Healthier Lifestyles

February 23rd, 2017

The leading platform for home renovation and design, Houzz has published its annual Kitchen Trends Study, and it includes lots of fascinating information for kitchen industry professionals and kitchen renovators alike.

The Houzz Kitchen Trends Study 2017 found that for many, a new kitchen means a healthier lifestyle. The survey of over 3,100 UK homeowners using Houzz, who are in the midst of, are planning or recently completed a kitchen renovation project, revealed that more than a third of kitchen updaters report a healthier lifestyle post-renovation (35%).

The survey also found that 43% of those surveyed, cook more meals at home as a result of their kitchen upgrade, with nine in ten enjoying five or more home-cooked meals per week (91%). Other significant habit changes post-renovation include, eating more fruit and vegetables (23%) and reducing the amount of takeaway and delivery meals, as a third boast that they are ordering-in less (36%).

Open-plan living remains popular, with over half of kitchens more open to nearby rooms following a renovation (59%). 

in-toto Ribble Valley customer kitchen

The above design by in-toto Ribble Valley is the perfect example of open-plan living. See the full kitchen here.

Nearly two thirds of kitchens also gain square footage during updates (63%). With these larger spaces, homeowners spend more time with their families (69%) and entertain more frequently (51%).

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

Neutral colour schemes are preferred in the majority of kitchen upgrades with white (31%), grey (27%) and beige (9%) being the top three cabinet colour choices.

The above designs by in-toto Marlow (left) which you can see more of here, and in-toto Exeter (right), which you can see more of here, both show how show just how stylish and inviting neutral kitchens can be.

in-toto Ribble Valley customer kitchen

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

Storage solutions play a big role in kitchen renovations, as 79% look to make better use of the space and 57% aim to reduce clutter.  The top storage updates were cutlery organisers (77%), deep drawer organisers (61%), pull-out waste or recycling cabinets (51%), corner carousels (41%), pot and pan organisers (39%) and pull-out trays/shelves (36%)

in-toto storage solutions

Certainly some interesting points to consider if you’re planning a kitchen renovation this year. Why not visit your nearest in-toto Kitchens Design Studio to see how you can incorporate these trends into your kitchen?

You can also download or request our 2017 brochure for more inspiration.

For more information, download the full Houzz Kitchen Trends Study 2017 here.

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