Kitchen trends & Best of Houzz 2016

  For some design professionals, putting the terms "kitchen trends" and "Houzz" together in the same sentence can be a prickly subject. There is a great amount of older thinking professionals out there that do not want to capture an untapped market, to engage with them, have to answer questions, or upload their portfolio to another website. To them I say, good for you. I don't need the added competition.

Yet, it's hard to ignore that the world has changed and consumers habits have changed and the way we uses spaces has changed along with it. As the CKID Design Team embarks to the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (Las Vegas, NV) and the Interior Design Show (Toronto, ON) this week, I can't help but research some up and coming trends that we need to be looking out for.

It's not what you got, it's how you use it

According to the Houzz Data, the medium kitchen size remains unchanged between 150 square feet and 250 square feet, but the priorities in how we use our kitchen has changed. We are looking for easy storage, a kitchen that can be dressed up or down, easy to clean, welcome guests into, and to cook with and for a lot of people. Houzz reports that we are spending 3+ hours per day in the kitchen and that's second to the bedroom.

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Driving factors of change

Why we want a different kitchen than the one we have is simple - we want to connect better to people and more with nature. Most people are tired of their kitchen - and I don't blame them because I'm tired of mine - but what is so tiring? It's the mess and the style. It seems that those 3+ hours per day are taking their visual and functional toll.

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What we want

Gone are the pantries with doors and walls, not that we aren't still doing them, but in are pantry cabinets and functional storage. Another area of change is the clean-up centre with new sinks, faucets recycling, and organics. Where did the trash go? It's smaller... to say the least.

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What is 'Best of Houzz' for?

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented, competent and service-oriented professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to join our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts in recognizing our “Best Of Houzz” professionals around the world.”

A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Winners will be announced globally throughout the month.