We all have a style we prefer – some like traditional, some like contemporary, some like country and others like eclectic. That said, let’s see what the average homeowner likes best.
The countdown, from Neil Kelly Company, a design and construction company based in the Pacific Northwest:
Kitchen: Clean and simple leads the pack, and that means contemporary style. Perhaps the preference indicates a need for a less-fussy life in the kitchen.
Countertop: Quartz composite is the top choice, and yes, it is replacing granite. Quartz composite seems to be the best, no-maintenance finish.
Hardwood floors: This one has been coming for a while, moving up as the floor of choice. There is a richness and beauty to a good hardwood floor that is timeless.
Glass backsplash: Not the same old, same old mosaic tile, but instead a glass and stone tile mosaic. The interest in this combination makes sense, since it gives visual interest as well as texture. A back-painted solid glass backsplash also fits this theme, particularly in contemporary kitchens.
Simplicity for the sink: The double sink is out. The deep single sink is in.
Kitchen color: Deep gray, as in charcoal, is in. It is taking the place of or competing with stainless steel.
Stone finish: Calacatta marble is the choice, and it’s one that works in both contemporary and traditional settings. It is especially popular in the bathroom.
Texture and sparkle: Accents of gold or silver with glossy glass tiles and nickel fixtures burst forth this year.
Multigenerational living and living longer on your own: Easy-to-work-in kitchens and safer baths are becoming very popular and are the cutting edge of this trend.
And the winner is…
Healthy home: Green is in. Homes that are free of toxins and are more energy-efficient have been growing popular and have become the No. 1 priority this year.