The home remodeling and design site polled homeowners to find out what they were most excited about this year.

By Sarah Yang
January 12, 2018

The new year is a good time to start fresh—whether it’s changing your diet or exercise plan, looking for new jobs or asking for that raise, or finally getting started on that home renovation or doing a major organizing overhaul. If the last one is on top of your to-do list for 2018, you’ll want to pay attention to Houzz’s latest study. The home remodeling and design resource just revealed its list of top kitchen trends for the year after surveying over 1,700 homeowners who are currently working on or have already completed a kitchen project—and some of the results are surprising. The biggest trend of 2018? It’s not installing a farmhouse sink or open shelving; instead, homeowners are more interested in decluttering their countertops and adding built-in features to help them stay organized.

“Our annual kitchen trends surveys reveal that consumer preferences for products, design, and technology vary not only across urban, suburban, and rural areas, but also evolve over time,” Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz, said in a press release. “Countertops in particular are having a real moment today as homeowners focus on decluttering surfaces for a sleek and tidy kitchen post-renovation.”

For those whose eyes glaze over when they hear the word “organize,” it’s not all just about a decluttered kitchen in 2018, homeowners are also interested in some flashier details like granite countertops and high-tech features. That being said, a kitchen renovation is not going to come cheap. While costs vary based on size, kind of renovation, and the home’s location, the average cost of a major remodel is $42,000 for a larger kitchen and $25,800 for a smaller kitchen.

Take a closer look at the trends below.

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