There are a number of ways to measure what’s popular in home design. Sales of furnishings and prevalent architectural styles can be a good indicator, and surveys can pinpoint a variety of mainstream tastes. But when people think too much about a sofa purchase or a response to a survey question, all sorts of factors might influence them. Perhaps they consider what’s popular among their peers or in the media, or let budget constraints sway their answers.
When someone saves a photo on Houzz to an ideabook, though, I imagine a purer action occurs. Browsing photos and clicking Save is a quick-fire gut response to a simple question: Do I like what I see? And so a photo that’s been saved to tens of thousands of ideabooks becomes an interesting indicator of what’s intuitively popular.
With that in mind, we put together the 25 most popular photos that were uploaded in 2013. The spaces span all genres and rooms: kitchens, pantries, bathrooms, bedrooms, exteriors, closets and more. Which one grabs your attention most?