Are you thinking about updating your kitchen this year? Maybe the kitchen in your rental needs a facelift. Whether you want to makeover your entire kitchen or try something completely new, these 14 kitchen trends will give you some much-needed direction. Let's take a look.
- Colorful Islands
- Larger Kitchen Islands
- Green Paint
- Countertops, Marble and Quartz
- Green Countertops
- Unique Tiles
- Tile Treatments
- Shaker-Style Cabinets
- Less Open-Layout Kitchens
- Living Room Extensions
- Vinyl Flooring
- Matching Backsplashes and Counters
- Cabinet Organizers
- High-Tech Appliances
According to Christopher Peacock, CEO of Christopher Peacock Cabinetry, pure white kitchens are out in 2022. I happen to love my white kitchen, but a pop of color would be nice. Christopher suggests adding color to the kitchen island and leaving white wall cabinets.
Large Kitchen Island
Real Simple expects long kitchen islands to be trending in 2022 because our kitchen serves multiple purposes, including a workspace. With more people working and schooling from home, a large island (7+ feet long) has become necessary.
Marie Cloud of Indigo Pruitt believes that subtle mid-green tones will be popular kitchen paint colors in 2022. Add a pop of color without it being too intense.
Countertops made from marble have been popular for many years, and the same is expected in 2022. Other favorites include quartz and Quartzite, according to Real Simple. Green countertops might be a trend in 2022, according to Mark Lavendar of M. Lavender Interiors. While I respect Mark's opinion, I don't believe they'll be a trend in 2022, but I left them on the list because I didn't want 13 trends (I'm superstitious). I'm surprised not to see countertops made from recycled materials on the list.
Unique tile is projected to be a trend according to Georgia Zikas of Georgia Zikas Design. Tiles with texture and dimension add a conversation piece to your kitchen. For renters, consider a peel-and-stick wall tile like this.
Emily Henderson, designer and stylist, believes that there's power in strategically-placed tile. For example, tile behind the sink could run up the window sill; it's unexpected, holds great appeal, and is easier to clean.
According to Real Simple, shaker-style cabinets are sure to be a favorite again in 2022. These cabinets have been around for a very long time but haven't gone out of style.
Less Open Living Spaces
We've been tearing down the walls separating our living rooms from our kitchens for years, but that may change in 2022. I must say, I saw this trend coming. I grew up with an entryway between the living room and kitchen - a simple arched door - and yes, it created privacy. Without an open-concept kitchen, you can also hide the clutter created by your latest cooking spree. I'm not surprised to see homeowners wanting the wall to stay up so they can have more privacy due to the work-from-home era.
Living Room Extensions
Michelle Harrison-McAllister, of Michelle Harrison Design suggests that in 2022 your kitchen can feel like an extension of your living room. The style of your living room can overflow into your kitchen with similar shapes, textures, and colors, creating cohesiveness between the spaces.
I grew up with vinyl flooring, so I shouldn't be surprised to see it making a comeback. Real Simple says it's more comfortable underfoot than tiles and attractive to remodelers.
Matching Counters and Backsplashes
Joshua Smith of Joshua Smith, Inc. predicts that countertop materials will match and seamlessly transition into backsplashes in 2022. This clean style keeps the eye moving from a horizontal surface to a vertical one and creates cohesiveness in the kitchen.
More and more cabinet organizers have hit the market in the last few years, and I couldn't be happier. Real Simple projects that we will want to minimize kitchen clutter in 2022 by implementing cabinet organizers. I have an older home and look forward to adding pull-out shelving to my lower kitchen cabinets in 2022.
Real Simple predicts that high-tech appliances with wireless and smartphone capabilities will grow in popularity in 2022. Who wouldn't want to tell your oven to heat up to 350 degrees while rocking the baby to sleep in the other room? Or tell the clothes dryer to add 10 minutes to a load of laundry so it doesn't get wrinkled. Yes, please!