Millennial Homeowners Changing Kitchen Remodeling Trends Without Second Glance
Across the nation, the top two most common remodeling jobs in 2015 were bathroom remodeling at 81% and kitchen remodeling at 79%. It looks like the kitchen remodeling trend is growing a bit more than bathrooms, and seems in to be spearheaded by Millennials who are changing traditions as we know it.
Millennials are known for being the generation prone to changing things up. From finances to living at home with their parents, there always seems to be something new and improved when it comes to Millennials. Well, the world of real estate is the most recent thing to be touched and changed by this innovative group.
In particular, kitchen remodeling.
According to Houzz’s 2017 Kitchen Trends Study, those between 25 and 34 are changing their overall kitchen remodeling efforts. Gone are the days of staying current with modern trends, and in are the days of investing in trends that will bring back a great return on investment. As per the survey, here are some Millennial-approved kitchen remodeling trends.
In: Decorative Lighting
Out: Practical Lighting
Younger homeowners were much more likely to choose decorative and pendant lighting compared to older generations who only installed lights for their intended function. Style aesthetic, affordability, and versatility were all factors considered in these purchases.
In: Farmhouse style
Out: Traditional style
Even though contemporary kitchens are found all across the United States, Millennials would much rather cook and eat in a more rustic setting. A full 14% of Millennials cited this trend as being their favorite in comparison to a classic and simple look.
In: Quartz and laminate countertops
Out: Granite countertops
Not only basing their choice on cost, a full 72% of Millennials have chosen to use laminate countertops instead of granite in their kitchen due to its look and feel. And while the sales of quartz countertops have increased by 60% since 2004, it looks like this interior design trend is nowhere near slowing down.
Out: Hiring a professional
Houzz reports that Millennials are twice as likely to consider the cost of their remodels compared to older generations. In addition, they are less likely to use a general contractor, interior designer, or personal architect as they are quite expensive, instead choosing to embark on the full projects themselves.
In: Whispery-soft neutrals
Out: Bright, bold colors
Millennials are choosing soft neutrals as they are more likely to last the test of time. Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz explains, “Millennials are a lot more focused on making sure that the style, color palette, and materials used in the major elements of the kitchen stay as relevant as long as possible because they’re not planning another remodel any time soon.”
Leave it to the Millennials to get their hands on minute details such as small interior decorating trends. What’s next? We can’t wait to find out.