Kitchen Trends 2022 - The latest kitchen designs for this upcoming year...
Tuesday, 4 January 2022
If you’re planning a new kitchen in the coming new year, you’ve come to the right place for inspiration. The latest kitchen trends are so much more than the standard white space of old. Bursting with practical, yet beautiful materials in gorgeously rich colours, the breadth of choice available these days is almost endless ensuring that there’s something to suit everyone.
The past two years have seen us use our homes so much more than usual, with our communal spaces working all the harder 24-7. Considered the heart of the home, kitchens have had to adapt even more than before to become multifunctional spaces, From a space to prep and cook food, to a dining area and living room, and even a home office, our kitchen ideas are ever evolving.
What are the kitchen trends in 2022?
If you’re setting out to find out how to plan a kitchen, there are so many design elements that need to be addressed. From choosing the right layout to work for your needs to researching the best appliances, splashbacks and worktops to create a space that you love. Kitchen trends, too, are important to keep in mind, especially when it comes to adding value for resale. It’s a bit of a false economy to spend a fortune on an unusual kitchen that may not appeal to others, especially if you plan to sell up in a few years time. Choosing a look that has universal appeal and – dare we say it – bang on trend will attract rather than repel potential buyers.
1. Colourful cabinetry.
Handle-less or classic Shaker remain the most popular kitchen trends, but it seems we are embracing more colour. In line with other interior trends, blues and greens are hugely popular with the richer hues becoming the quickest growing trend.
2. Smart storage
In a time when we strive to declutter for our overall wellbeing, with thanks to Marie Kondo, storage is key. Especially in kitchens where we need so many ‘things’, from the ingredients to the cooking equipment. Well-placed, concealed kitchen storage ideas are a saviour for the aesthetic of our kitchens.
When planning any successful layout factoring in ample space to keep clutter out of sight is always key to making the space work harder for you.
3. Practical yet stylish worksurfaces
As for worksurface material, quartz is b vastly becoming the most popular. It’s extremely durable and easy to clean and maintain.
Of course, it depends on budget. Those on a budget can look at combining a wood-effect laminate for the main kitchen with a stone for an island, although it’s best not to introduce too many colours. There are also more sustainable options, too. Some suppliers makes worktops from recycled brick rubble and concrete, while another, Cosentino, uses a new technology called HybriQ, which combines recycled glass content, 100% renewable energy and 98% recycled water in its factory.
4. Wood flooring for the win
For kitchen flooring ideas in 2022 wood, whether real or porcelain/vinyl, remains hugely popular. Wood-effect is the easy-to-clean and easy-to-maintain option. Wood-effect porcelain tiles laid in a herringbone pattern is great for open-plan kitchens extensions that have lots of natural light streaming in as they bring a sense of warmth and texture to the space, yet don’t fade in the sunlight and are very easy to clean.
Flooring trends are not always visible. Sustainable options are also a big consideration with today’s consumers with eco-friendly flooring like FSC certified wood, cork and lino, becoming more widely available. If presented with two similar choices, people tend to always choose the one that has less impact on the environment.
5. Contemporary handles
It seems we are paying lots of attention to handles, too. These warmer metallics are great for teaming with blue or green units, but stone-effect doors are also sought. We might see more new sandstone or earthier finishes coming through, reflecting our concentration on nature and the environment.
6. Squeeze in a utility room or pantry
Another practicality in today’s kitchen is the utility room. Utility rooms are a sign that today’s kitchen has become much more of a living space. Wherever possible, it’s always advisable to eke out a little space for either a utility room as you can store all of your laundry out of sight making your kitchen a much more liveable space.
Don’t have a space for a utility room? A pantry is the next on the top trend hit list. A kitchen pantry idea is also a lovely addition, especially if you have the space for open shelving floor-to-ceiling. They allow you to make great use of multi-buy deals on non-perishables. If space allows, go for a modern take on the pantries of post-war years.
7. Supersize your sink
When it comes to sinks, large bowls are high on people’s lists. We’re so used to dishwashers being part of our daily routines now, but we still need to wash up those larger items. For colour and finish, granite and steel sinks are in demand – even copper and gold-effects. We’re often asked how a sink will wear – customers will always look for scratch-resistant and easy-clean sinks, especially where limescale is an annoyance. That’s why ceramic sinks are always in the mix, with undermounted sinks helping to keep things tidy.
Brass taps seem to be all the rage, yet other appliances and fittings haven’t quite caught up with this trend, so it can be a challenge to source matching fittings throughout a scheme.
8. Sleek marble surfaces
Marble is such a versatile material, it suits both traditional and contemporary kitchens. Due to it being natural, every slab will have a unique veining, so hand-select from a stonemason if you can. You’ll be surprised how much pattern and colour can vary between each piece.
It’s expensive, but you can get the look with composites that also have the benefit of being non-porous. Think about using a lower-priced worksurface in your utility room or area, leaving more budget to splash out on marble in the main kitchen. To really work a marble look, take it from the worksurface and use up the walls as a splashback, or go down to the floor on the sides of an island.
9. Broken plan vs open plan
Open-plan spaces are still desired in larger properties, however in smaller homes, we are seeing more broken-plan solutions, where each space can function for a variety of different purposes throughout the day. Think of two or three rooms that have the option to be opened up with sliding doors when you want to entertain but exist as a kitchen or a separate workspace when needed.
10. Clever lighting plans
Understandably, a well-thought-through kitchen lighting plan that incorporates plenty of task lighting is essential, but that doesn’t mean it has to be dull. We are seeing more organic shapes and sculptural pendant designs making their way into 2022.
Lighting has more freedom within the modern kitchen, with statement pendants being used to dress the aesthetic more and more. While the use of spotlights or down-lights are still key, there’s a trend for making the kitchen feel more like our living rooms – smart kitchen lighting ideas play a key role in this.
11. Integrated appliances
The desire for streamlined, clutter-free kitchens sees the trend for integrated, concealed appliances remaining a firm favourite. While there has been an abundance of tech and new gadgets for our kitchens, we don’t want to necessarily see them.
The appetite for discreet storage is expected to grow. Homeowners are scrutinising the aesthetic of the appliances they are integrating into their kitchens. And so concealment solutions, that create a streamlined finish without impacting the style, are a key consideration.
So how can we have the latest appliances without them taking over our kitchens?
Concealing these appliances can take the form of simple cabinetry to hide a fridge or dishwasher. Or a storage design that minimises small counter top appliances. A hidden station, which keeps the kettle and toaster from cluttering the worktop. And helps to create a dedicated area to sit and enjoy breakfast will be popular.
Continuing trends from kitchens 2021
12. Clever compact design
Whether narrow, square or broken plan, where space is at a premium compact kitchens come to the rescue. More and more, kitchen design looks to benefit from minimal clutter and maximum efficiency. This is especially important if you have a small kitchen.
When presented with a smaller space it is essential that the kitchen layout is carefully considered to make sure every inch of the kitchen is utilised. Creating a bank of cabinetry along one wall is a great way of streamlining and opening up the space. Tall wall units are particularly suited to narrow, galley kitchen ideas. This is because using this space ensures the area feels less cramped than if filled with larder style dressers.
Don’t be afraid to include an island or breakfast bar. But try not to make the overall dimensions too big, as it may restrict movement around the kitchen. Opting for an open or floating island will keep all areas accessible and provide additional seating opportunities. The area under the island’s worktop can offer ample space for kitchen storage.
13. Boiling water on demand
We’ve become so accustomed to everything in an instant that even boiling the kettle is a wait we would rather do without. Hot water taps are a sought-after item for the kitchen of 2022.
Sales of the best boiling water taps increased hugely over the course of this year, spurred by more of us working from home and therefore wanting hot water on demand for making tea and coffee in between Zoom calls etc.
14. Downdraft extractors
Extractor fans are being reimagined for modern kitchen ideas. There is a shift towards downdraft extraction systems which remove odours and vapours at their source, i.e. directly from the hob. And draw them downwards before they have a chance to permeate the air.
This is particularly important in open-plan kitchens and living spaces. This is because a head-height extractor hood above an island can create a visual barrier and conflict with the open-plan ambience. A downdraft extractor integrated into the hob gives greater creativity of design and taps into the trend for minimal, professional styling.
15. Structured simplicity
The trend for streamline kitchens is set to reach new heights of popularity. This less-is-more minimalist approach creates a calming space with clean sweeping lines.
This contemporary look is easy to achieve, with practicality being key. It’s all about choosing high-quality materials and items that put strong lines and functionality at the forefront. It’s essential to have integrated appliances and hidden storage to ensure the smooth look isn’t disrupted.
You can update your existing kitchen with clever storage solutions to clear worktops.
16. Two-toned kitchens
Kitchens are set to become more and more blended in this new decade, as we have seen a lot in 2021. The trend for combining two colours throughout kitchen cabinetry is soaring.
It’s a great approach to adding an interesting twist to your aesthetic and it can change the whole feel of the room. Opt for deep, dark units and contrast with brighter shades elsewhere in order to add depth and character to the space.
The trend extends beyond just a contrasting paint colour on the walls. From the cabinets to the worktops, it gives you the freedom to explore different painted kitchen ideas and design elements.
17. Green cabinetry and accessories
In recent years it’s all been about navy kitchen ideas, but expect to see more green in kitchens going forward. Most likely to take the form of tiles and cabinetry, in tones of emerald, forest green and more subtly, sage.
The trend for bold, dark hues was prominent throughout 2021. And therefore in 2022, it’s predicted green kitchen cabinetry is a key style to follow. Green can be equally dramatic and luxurious when used in the kitchen. Deep forest greens can be balanced out with latte shades, smoky glass and soft metallics to bring opulence to the kitchen. The addition of white marble and brass through design aspects like lighting and worktops, or even accessories, help to bounce the light around the space and offset the heavier hues.
18. Brooding blue hues
While green is the front runner, shades of navy blue continue to be a huge trend for kitchen cabinets. The more sophisticated and dramatic colour choice when it comes to kitchens, midnight blue has been an emerging trend recently.
The home improvement giant report this stylish hue experienced a 45 per cent uplift in Pinterest searches over the past year. The smart shade stands out even more against light worktops and when paired with silver accents.
19. Living room furnishings
With the rising popularity of open-plan living, it’s no surprise to see living room furnishings featuring more and more in our kitchens. The soft grey sofa complements the rich green kitchen shown above.
Now more than ever, kitchens are the heart of our homes, so creating a comfortable, well-presented space has never been more important.
20. Bold as brass finishes
We’re seeing more and more warming tones of brass in modern kitchens. Brass is the ideal shade for enhancing on-trend blues and green cabinetry, while adding a sophisticated touch.
Often overlooked, attractive taps, hinges, knobs and handles can really transform a kitchen design. It’s the finishing touches that can make or break a scheme.
21. Modern twists on tradition
While traditional styles remain popular, such as Shaker kitchens, the way to do traditional for 2022 is in a modern on-trend colour. Choose traditional designs but opt for a statement contemporary colour to give kitchens a modern twist.
22. Industrial style
In kitchen design the use of raw materials, which are rich in tones and texture, will definitely continue to rise in popularity beyond 2021. Metal finishing alongside concrete offer a unique aesthetic that will continue to prove exceptionally popular for an on-trend industrial look.
With the metal finish carried through to features such as taps, and spindle island or table legs.
23. Dining islands
We all know that islands and breakfast bars can provide a spot for casual dining, as well as workspace and storage. However meet dining islands.
This is where the kitchen island features an extension island dining area, meaning you get the storage benefits of an island but also the addition of integrated dining. When entertaining, we want to be able to integrate both cooking and socialising and what better way to do so than with built-in island seating.
What colour kitchen cabinets never go out of style?
When considering colours for more permanent kitchen items, such as cabinets, worktops and wall paint, opt for neutral shades. Natural colour palettes never date because they are so versatile and timeless. This is also a great option for potential buyers if you ever sell your house in the future.
If you fancy a pop of colour in your kitchen but you don’t fancy a permanent feature wall or bright pink set of cabinets, neutral walls, cupboards and work surfaces can acts as a blank canvas. Try adding bright accessories and artwork which can be removed or replaced when fashions or your mood changes. Alternatively, you may like a simple neutral palette left as it is.
Investing in any element of the kitchen can prove invaluable, for both while you live in your home but also when it comes to adding value for resale. Be inspired to make the right style choices for your home with a look at the latest kitchen ideas and designs.
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Source: Ideal Home