The COVID-19 pandemic saw people across the world spending much more time at home than before. This meant that people were looking for ways to make their homes more livable, functional, and enjoyable to spend time in. For many, this meant home renovations. The 2021 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study reported on the 2020 trends for kitchen remodeling and the changes that came as a result of the pandemic. Of those findings, Houzz found that the number of people renovating kitchens increased by four times from previous years.
Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades
The biggest change in 2020 kitchen remodeling trends was storage. 94% of kitchen renovations done that year involved an upgrade or increase in kitchen storage. Of those, over half completely replaced all of their kitchen cabinets. About a third of people partially upgraded cabinets and 28% of people who renovated their kitchens added cabinet space. The number of people renovating kitchens increased by four times from previous years.
Kitchen cabinets weren’t the only kitchen storage that got upgraded in 2020. 46% of homeowners who renovated their kitchens in 2020 either upgraded or added pantry space to their kitchens. This is an increase of four points from years prior.
Backsplashes are functional in that they are there to prevent water from splashing onto the wall behind the sink. However, they’re also an opportunity to improve the design and aesthetic appeal of a kitchen. 2020 saw more than half of home renovations extend backsplashes all the way up the wall to the base of the cupboards above the counter. Most people did still choose white for their backsplash color, but an increasing number of people are opting for multicolored backsplashes instead.
Vinyl Floor Installations
In 2019, hardwood flooring was the most popular for kitchen floors. That changed in 2020, however, as vinyl flooring claimed the No. 1 spot, bumping hardwood flooring down to second place. 19% of homeowners who renovated their kitchens in 2020 chose vinyl flooring or another type of more resilient kitchen flooring. Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for kitchen floors because it is versatile, comfortable, and economical. You have a lot of options for patterns and colors and can even choose a vinyl flooring that looks just like hardwood.
Improve Your Home’s Flooring in 2021
If you didn’t upgrade your home in 2020, consider making a change this year instead. Upgrading your flooring is an easy way to improve home value, freshen up your space, and offer a functional solution to old and worn flooring.
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