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We delight in buzzy, declarative trend predictions—but sometimes the most illuminating tidbits come from cold, hard data. Case in point: home resource behemoth Houzz’s 2018 trend reports.

In its Top 10 Kitchen Photos of 2018 (a collection of the most saved images of the year), one singular, sweeping kitchen trend was revealed: Warm wood details. From ceiling beams to open shelving to bar stools and more, natural woods were the one decorative talking point across nine of the ten kitchens featured. 

Why is this so surprising? Because for the past year or two, we’ve been hearing that modern farmhouse style is on the outs—and rustic, warm wood accents definitely fall under that umbrella. Take, for example, the image above, which was declared “the most popular kitchen of year”. Here, warm walnut accents emerge on the island, vent hood, open shelving accents and flooring. Coupled with shaker cabinets, engineered quartz counters and contemporary hardware, the results are definitely a universal crowd-pleaser.

So relax, Fixer Upper devotees: Modern farmhouse style isn’t actually going anywhere. In fact, there might be a new classic in town.

Image: Design: Justin and Tyler Sachs of Stonington Cabinetry & Designs; Photography: Chris Veith

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