Kitchen Cabinetry Faces Generation Style Gap

By Bill Esler | Posted: 10/15/2013 9:54PM


click image to zoomHouzz 2013 kitchen cabinetry styles   Kitchen cabinetmakers are facing a generation gap, with younger consumers opting for European and transitional styles, while older buyers lean toward transition and traditional cabinetry, says a new Houzz study.

Of younger homeowners 25-34 years old, 45% describe their kitchen cabinets style preferances as "contemporary" or "modern." For homeowners 55-64 years of age, the comparable number is much lower: 28.4%.

The Houzz survey finds older buyers lean decidedly toward traditional cabinetry designs: 28.4% like traditional styles. For 25-34 year olds, the number is 17.1%. 

The survey covered 7,812 homeowners who are registered Houzz users, who were planning kitchen remodeling.

The trend in design is borne out by the most popular downloaded photos at the Houzz site. All four of the top photos are white cabinetry, and all reflect the restrained "transitional look" design. click image to zoom


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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