As a professional interior designer in Bergen County, New Jersey, I often get asked about what’s in and what’s not in kitchens.  It seems now, more than ever, kitchens are the most important place in the home.  We cook, eat, and gather together in this space.  It’s no surprise that people invest in this room the most.


  1.  Islands.

Whether the space is transitionally styled or more contemporary, two-thirds of every new or remodeled kitchen has an island.  Often the island is done in a contrasting cabinet color from the rest of the cabinets.  The island counter is also sometimes different from the rest of the counters.  It’s interesting that the Farmhouse style has dropped off in requests from 4th place to 11th place.  I wonder why?

  •  Floors.

Most homeowners now are selecting hardwood floors for their kitchens.  I bet you thought it was porcelain tiles.  Those came in second in popularity this time!

  •  Open concepts.

I am thinking about this–it’s not as popular as in the past.  I wonder if it is because everyone was together at home for so long!  A little privacy and a wall goes a long way!

  •  Counters.

The number one requested counter material is engineered quartz.  The second material requested is butcher block.  I thought is would be granite.  Surprise!

  •  Color.

No surprise here.  White is still the color of choice for cabinets, but wood tone is making a strong second choice.  For the contrasting color on the island, grey is still number one and blue is a strong contender.

Neutrals hold steady with wood tones on the floors and stainless-steel appliances.

  •  Size.

If space can be borrowed from another area, size of the kitchen matters a lot.  People are looking for more storage and pantries are a big answer.  The L-shaped layout works well in a majority of cases.

  •  Spending.

Investing in the improved kitchen is up 17 percent.  The scope of what is done has gone up where most people say they have wanted to do this for a long time and finally have the means.  The most money spent on a kitchen is in California with the least amount spent in Pittsburg and San Antonio. (tied)

  •  Feature walls.

This includes back splashes, where a design or color is included in the otherwise more neutral selections.  For example, tile used may go all the way up to the ceiling over the sink and stove areas to create more cohesiveness.

Today, we are giving much higher priority to health and wellness at home, and this shows in how we remodel our kitchens to reflect the latest in anti-microbial materials and hands-free devices selected.

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen?  85% of people who remodel work with a design professional.  If you need help, please contact us.  We will be delighted to help you get the kitchen of your dreams.