Houzz Trends

Nobody is neutral on the neutral kitchen when it comes to redecorating.

I recently attended the GTA Home Show where I was delighted to listen in on a special presentation by Liza Hausman, VP of Community at Houzz. Liza presented the results of the 2014 Houzz & Home Study (the largest study of ┬áNorth American homeowners’ plans for renovating, building and decorating their homes).

If you haven’t been seduced by Houzz yet, you are missing one of the greatest home improvement resources out there. With 16 million unique users as part of this design-loving community, you can get inspiration from the 2.5 million photos on the site that are searchable by style, room or function. You can also access 150,000 reviews on a variety of home service providers, like designers and trades. It’s easy to get lost for hours on Houzz, and I have.

The Houzz & Home Study showed that most of us who are looking to improve our homes are redecorating/decorating (78%) vs. full-on builds or major remodelling. The key motivators are to solve problems like improve storage (45%), upgrade appliances (41%), enhance energy efficiency (32%), or implement new technology (10%).

Not surprisingly – because I know this is where the bulk of our design dollars go – the most popular spaces for upgrades include: bath (27%), kitchen (20%) and landscaping (20%). The lion’s share of the money spent on these improvements is in the kitchen.

Given the interest in sprucing up our kitchens, Liza provided some trends as reflected on Houzz. A key point:

Nobody is neutral on the neutral kitchen.

We’re still seeing classic white being the go-to palette for our biggest investment room. Those under 45 are a bit more experimental and looking at darker wood cabinetry for instance, but for the most part neutral is where it’s at.

Hard surface countertops like granite, steel appliances and dramatic pendant lighting finish the delicious culinary look. We are practical as well though, and kitchen storage solutions is a big search item for Houzz improvers.

For a little on-trend, yet timeless inspiration, here are some of my favourite white kitchens.  In these cases, white is by no means flavourless. I dream of cooking up a storm in all of them.


Interior design: Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts
Interior design: Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts


Found on: Sublime Home


Found on:  Casa Atelier
Found on: Casa Atelier


Found on:  Kerrie Kelly
Found on: Kerrie Kelly


Found on:  Desire to Inspire
Found on: Desire to Inspire


Barefoot Contessa in House Beautiful


Our neutral kitchen. Photo: Per Kristiansen


Source: So Lovely Decoration


Live beautifully,



  • Love, love, love white on white kitchens! Wish I could have one in my house but unless I tear it all out it won’t happen.

  • Thanks for the eye-candy! We are young, but still thinking white will be our top choice for our kitchen. We may try to push the envelope with materials and fixtures though.

    • Go white all the way! But agree that you can add your personality with the fixtures, etc. Go wild with white.

  • Tatiana Dokuchic says:

    Beautiful kitchens! Thanks!!

    I’ve had a white kitchen for more years than I care to admit and when we remodeled we went with white again. Always a classic.

    • Thanks Tatiana.It was such fun to find these beautiful kitchens. White is a classic for sure. I love it.

  • No wonder the Barefoot Countessa is such a great cook — that kitchen is my dream! I am completely infatuated with Houzz too. Great inspiration. And I just re-did my kitchen white, so I’m totally on board with the neutral look. :-)

    • Hey Meredith, fellow white kitchen fan. Thanks so much. Don’t you just adore Ina? She’s one of my absolute favs – her style is so fresh, carefree but based on quality and little luxuries.

  • You’ve rounded up some seriously gorgeous kitchen photos. I love a white kitchen. So classicly beautiful. I like it even more when there’s a little pop of colour interjected though to keep things fun. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much. I have been tempted but always go back to the classics.

  • Definitely a white kitchen addict, though I like adding in darker elements. Wood tones just seem to age so quickly.

    • Rock on Emma. I’m with you. A bit of contrast and darker elements keep it warm and cozy. Thanks for commenting.

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