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Hot Home Trend: New Storage Solutions to Hide Clutter

January 29, 2024Design & Architecture, Design TrendsBy: Melissa Dittmann Tracey
Storage is a coveted amenity for homeowners and home buyers alike. Some of the latest design trends for 2024 are helping to clear the clutter discreetly and stylishly.

Hot Home Trends

January 29, 2024Design & Architecture, Design TrendsBy: Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Houzz, a home remodeling website, expects “appliance garages” to be a growing home trend for 2024. These nooks conceal countertop appliances, like blenders, coffee makers and toasters—while also keeping them easily accessible and organized.

“While they have been around for decades, they’re enjoying a resurgence in popularity as homeowners seek to declutter their homes and incorporate more gadgets into their kitchens,” Houzz’s 2024 design predictions report notes.

Appliances in garage
Photo: Kate Roos Design, Andrea Rugg Photography
Likewise, hiding chargers for electronics, which often clutter kitchen countertops, is another trend. Charging drawers can help, offering a way to charge a device while it’s tucked away out of sight.

Charging drawer in kitchen
Photo credit: Studio Dearborn ©Tim Lenz
Also, mud-laundry rooms are helping to tackle the household clutter. These hybrid spaces combine a laundry room with a mudroom to help rid messes at a home’s entry point. Houzz calls the “mud-laundry room” one of the hottest home design trends to watch in 2024.

“This increasingly popular setup lets homeowners place grimy sports uniforms, sandy beach towels or muddy winter coats directly into the wash before they track dirt further into a home,” the Houzz report notes. “A utility sink lets you soak dirty clothes or delicates, and a pulldown faucet is effective at rinsing muddy boots or cleats.”

These mudrooms are coming equipped with plenty of built-in storage, such as cabinets, hooks and cubbies to help organize all the gear. A bench is a popular add-on.

Mudroom with laundry
Photo: Karen Berkemeyer Home, Sandy Effren, Greyrock Homes
Melissa Dittman Tracey
Melissa Dittmann Tracey
Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, editor of the Styled, Staged & Sold blog, and produces a segment called “Hot or Not?(link is external)” in home design that airs on NAR’s Real Estate Today radio show. Follow Melissa on Instagram and Twitter at @housingmuse.

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