Nigel Robinson, Cabinetmakers Choice comments on latest kitchen trends following Houzz study. 

Kitchen layout and built-in feature preference might differ across generations, but there is one element which seems to irk renovators or all ages – kitchen clutter. 

Houzz Australia, a leading platform for home renovation and design, recently conducted its 2018 Kitchen Trends Study, examining both the trends and issues influencing current home kitchen renovations.

The study of nearly 3500 Australian homeowners, found that reducing clutter was a top driver for those upgrading their kitchen.

The most popular built-in cabinet storage inclusions are cutlery organisers (77 per cent), pullout waste or recycling cabinets (66 per cent), deep drawer organisers (58 per cent) and pot and pan organisers (40 per cent).

Nigel Robinson of Cabinetmakers Choice Geelong agrees that reducing kitchen clutter is a top priority among home renovators.

“People want customised solutions that work for them,” Nigel says.

“Not only does kitchen cabinetry need to look good, it needs to be functional.

“Drawer organisers such as cutlery organisers, deep drawer organisers especially for the pots and pans are now so simple to integrate into a kitchen design. Solutions to keep drawers tidy and prevent plasticware tumbles are now seen as essential.

“People are also incorporating high-quality, yet affordable, soft close drawer runners that close drawers softly even when slammed shut – great for families with kids.

“Every home is different, and you need to create a space and solution that suits your lifestyle.”

According to the study, new benchtops are the most common major feature upgraded during kitchen renovations and engineered quartz was the most popular surface material, chosen by 34 per cent of renovators.

New cabinets and faucets were also high on the improvement list. U-shaped and L-shaped kitchen layouts are the most popular designs.

The Houzz study also indicates the average spend on a kitchen renovation is $19,300, with those aged over 55 spending more than those under 35 ($20,800 versus $15,300 on average.)

“Irrespective of generations, we’re seeing a continued emphasis on the kitchen as a common gathering area, with homeowners looking for ways to make the space more sleek and efficient,” Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz, explains.

The study also revealed some of the most popular kitchen trends among home renovators. These included:

  • Contemporary style is by far the most popular kitchen style among Australian homeowners with 82 per cent opting for a contemporary look.
  • White is the most likely colour for walls (59 per cent), cabinetry (59 per cent), benchtops (32 per cent) and back splashes (37 per cent). Grey is the second most popular option.
  • Hardwood flooring topped with list among Australian renovators updating their kitchen flooring with 32 per cent opting for stained or unstained hardwood. Ceramic or porcelain was the second most used material (18 per cent).
  • Technology is increasingly being incorporated into kitchen renovations with colour touchscreen displays, built-in-apps with recipes and wirelesss controls via smartphones or tablets all popular choices.

Houzz is a leading platform for home renovation and design, with more than 15 million photos of professionally designed interiors and exteriors including completed kitchen projects. For more information visit  As appeared in GT Magazine. 

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Header image: Cabinetry ICM Geelong cabinetmaker, SCLK. Board sourced from Cabinetmakers Choice.