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Data Watch: Top Layouts and Styles in Kitchen Remodel

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

The L-shaped kitchen has nudged aside the U-shaped kitchen to become the most popular layout among U.S. homeowners changing their kitchen layout in a remodel, according to recent Houzz data. And farmhouse style has unseated traditional style for a spot in the top three kitchen design styles among remodelers.

Houzz recently surveyed more than 1,700 homeowners in various stages of a kitchen renovation project as part of its 2018 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study. Among other things, the study asked the homeowners about the layouts, storage solutions and design styles they chose for their remodel. The answers offer a look at what’s popular now in American kitchens.

L-shaped layouts lead the trend. Half of homeowners changed or planned to change their kitchen layout during the renovation, and of those, 35 percent chose an L-shaped layout, making that the most popular option.

That’s a shift, as two years ago U-shaped was most popular among renovating homeowners who changed their kitchen layouts.

G-shaped kitchens — essentially U-shaped kitchens with a peninsula added to one end of the U — were least popular, the study found.

Opening up the kitchen is popular. Half of renovating homeowners open their kitchens to other indoor spaces. The most popular way to blend the space from the kitchen to the adjacent room is with a fully open, wall-free transition, chosen by 56 percent of those who made their kitchens more open. After that, double doors, a row of doors or a wide opening were most popular.

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