It's a given - everyone has their own personality and style, especially when it comes to home and interior design. However, most people know that there are styles that tend to be "in". These trends are constantly changing and evolving as new ideas are born and old designs gain a new popularity. The year 2022 is no different. The top kitchen trends this year bring a mix of old school, "hip" flavors and new, minimalistic, nature-inspired decor.
Here is a list of 10 kitchen trends for 2022:
Since we are a countertop company, it only makes sense that we start off with designers' predictions for 2022 countertop trends. Marble is a material that has been making a comeback the past couple of years, and while the classic white marble is still a predicted trend this year, there is a color that may be a surprise. Green marble, also known as verde marble, is suspected to be a bold new trend this year. Pairing a dark green marble with a light wood cabinet is said to be a hit. If green countertops aren't your thing, a light quartz is also said to be a hit this year - as it has been the past few years. Quartz is a favorite among families, as it holds up to real life messes. A white quartz or marble (even a look-alike stone) paired with a darker color cabinet may be more your style - and still be "in-style"!
"We will be seeing more and more of this beautiful stone and its look-alike around homes, from thicker countertops and wall-mounted vanities, to accent walls, as well as outdoors." — Malka Helft, Think Chic Interiors
No matter which material or color you choose for your countertops, using that same material as your backsplash will keep you "trendy" this year. Having a seamless transition from your countertop and continuing it up the wall - even all the way to the ceiling - will make a statement and give your kitchen a whole new high-end feel. Also known as a full height backsplash.
While this trend may not be for everyone - designers say that bold colors - especially for cabinetry - are making a comeback. Bold, painted cabinets are predicted to be popular - specifically greens and blues - to add personality, uniqueness, and character to their kitchen. However, if you don't want to be too adventurous just yet, Arianna Cesa, associate manager of color marketing and development with Benjamin Moore suggests easing into the trend with soft blues. “Calming, subtle, versatile, soft blues can even help to make spaces feel more open and airier," she says
Many people are adding a more personal touch to their kitchens and moving away from the all-white look. Expect to see wood cabinets in warm, neutral hues or painted cabinets to add a pop of color,” says Laurel Vernazza, home design expert at The Plan Collection.
Still not ready to take the leap? Don't worry - designers also say white with wood tones will also be popular.
This trend is a new one that you not have heard of before - a workstation sink. This type of sink is exactly as it's name implies, a sink for kitchen work such as washing and prepping your food. Workstation sinks will generally feature a built-in ledge for accessories like colanders, dish racks, and cutting boards; and for added productivity, can often be paired with multiple faucets.
You've probably heard it before, "we need more storage space, a bigger prepping area, and more space to entertain". The kitchen tends to be the room where friends and family gather the most, which is why many homeowners want their kitchens to feel welcoming and comfortable. Oftentimes, this socializing is done around the kitchen island, however, this leaves little space for food prep. This is why it is becoming increasingly popular to add a second island - one for food prep and the other for entertaining guests.
Designers are saying that old is new in 2022, so if you were thinking of throwing out grandma's old china cabinet or dining table - don't! Interior design clients are starting to move towards repurposing old furniture, giving their home an interesting story and a touch of personality.
"A vintage farm table is a great way to add an island to your kitchen without a major renovation. Also, vintage pieces, because of their unique sizes, can also work in kitchens that don’t have enough space for a full-size island. The other nice thing about a vintage piece of furniture is that it adds an unexpected layer of visual interest and becomes a conversation piece. In contrast to a traditional built-in island, it won’t feel as visually 'heavy' while still adding extra space for prep and seating." — Amy Sklar, Sklar Design
Say goodbye to the one-tone, smooth-looking floor and say hello to two-tone patterned flooring. Yes, patterns are said to be a top trend this year as they add a unique touch to any space. Mixing both light and dark tones in any flooring design will be sure to keep your kitchen in-style this year.
“Mixing light and dark woods to create cool designs are a nod to Old World craftsmanship with two-tone inlays, patterns, or just mixing it up.” -Laurel Vernazza, home design expert at The Plan Collection.
You may have heard this term before and have thought of minimalism as just throwing out all of your stuff. However when it comes to kitchens, there's no need to get rid of all of your countertop appliances - the idea is to hide them. 2022 interior design has a definitive emphasis on storage and resourcefulness. Keeping everything stored out of sight and not on your countertops is how to achieve the perfect clean and simple feel of 2022.
In its 2021 "What Home Buyers Really Want" report, the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) found walk-in pantries tied with double-basin sinks as the most desirable feature homebuyers look for in a kitchen. These are also beginning to be known as "working pantries" because many feature wall outlets for your appliances, coffee centers, and food prep countertops.
In 2022, built-in banquettes are making a comeback. With people spending much more time at home the past few years, they want more comfortable places to lounge and enjoy time with family. Not only do banquettes add a more welcoming and cozy feeling to any kitchen, but they also feature a little extra storage in the built-in seats. Again, resourcefulness is key to trends in 2022.
Whether it be bold colors and geometric designs, or a soft, neutral, minimalistic vibe, 2022 has a style trend that fits anyone's personality. You do you. After all, it is your home so be sure to incorporate everything that your personality has to offer!