Among the many possible home projects, kitchen renovations remain one of the most popular. The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, and it is a room that sees a great deal of use. We want it to be attractive, but it also needs to be functional to serve its true purpose.
When buying a home, the kitchen is one of the rooms that tend to receive a high level of scrutiny, and it can be one of the selling points or one of the reasons potential buyers move on.
With that in mind, if you are planning on remodelling your kitchen, here are some of the top trends in kitchen design for 2022:
Trends in Kitchen Cabinets
For many, an important part of renovating their kitchen involves the cabinets. Whether you are looking to update their appearance or add more storage space, your cabinets will probably be one of the focal points of your project.
Kitchen cabinet trends for 2022 include many options for custom organization. Whereas once upon a time it may have been necessary to choose between beautiful display cabinets that were perhaps not too functional or ones that were more utilitarian but somewhat less attractive, it is now possible to have the best of both worlds.
In fact, it’s not just possible, but increasingly popular, with homeowners choosing to include built-in specialty organizers in their renovations. More than half of homeowners performing kitchen renovations upgrade their storage. This is the type of update that not only makes your space look great, but also adds value and functionality.
Colour trends for kitchen cabinets lean toward neutral tones combined with bolder colours, including greens, reds, and blues.
Trends in Kitchen Countertops
While cabinet renovations tend to be about functionality, countertops, along with appliances, are often splurge items. This means that while they are certainly still useful and functional, homeowners are willing to allocate a larger portion of their budget to aspects that are not strictly essential. Marble countertops, for example, have proven popular in the past and will continue to do so in the coming years.
While marble may not be the most practical choice, it still finds its way into many kitchens, particularly high-end ones, though some will turn to quartz for a similar look. Granite, too, now ranks among the most popular materials for countertops.
Some kitchen trends that will continue through 2022 and beyond include more spacious countertops and those that continue seamlessly into the walls. Waterfall islands—in which the countertop drops vertically to the edge of a cabinet, creating a beautiful, eye-catching effect—continue to be a top choice during renovations.
Trends in New Appliances
As with countertops, many homeowners are willing to splurge when it comes to new appliances. Smart appliances, which integrate technology into the kitchen, allow homeowners to save time and energy, simplify cooking, receive helpful notifications, and manage all of their kitchen appliances with a single interface.
New oven ranges are a popular choice during renovations, with induction ranges finding their way into many homes. These electric alternatives to gas ranges are viewed as a safer, more environmentally-friendly option that also provides consistent results and reduces meal preparation time.
Something Old, Something New
Even as modern smart devices are finding their way into more kitchens, there is also a trend toward incorporating vintage and antique pieces. Doing so creates a sense of character in the environment and provides it with a lived-in appearance. Farmhouse furniture, old wooden chairs, or a scrubbed dresser can bring warmth to the room, making it feel inviting and comfortable.
Antique and vintage pieces make your kitchen less of a showroom and more of a well-used, well-loved gathering place for the family and their guests. As a significant bonus, these pieces are built to last and may outlive some of the more recent additions to your home. They can often be found at vintage fairs.
For many years, homeowners strove to create more open spaces, often by removing walls or portions thereof. There is, however, something to be said for the ability to close off a room to keep the sounds and smells of cooking within the kitchen instead of throughout the whole home.
To be able to create an enclosed area without losing access to natural light or becoming completely isolated, consider a glazed partition to help define distinct areas while also maintaining the feel of open space.
A Single, Open Shelf
The kitchen can be a very active, even hectic area. The need for counter space, appliances, storage, and furniture can lead to a space that is visually quite busy. One possible solution is to reduce the number of cabinets or even remove them, relying instead on a single open shelf. This creates a simple, uncluttered wall space that still has some room for storage or display. The shelf also serves as a visual break for the wall.
If you are going for a more streamlined and open look, renovations also allow for concealed appliances, such as a cabinet that contains your refrigerator or dishwasher. If you have comparatively little kitchen space, this can give the illusion of more room. Depending on your style and layout, you might create a room that can transition from kitchen to dining area with minimal fuss.
Natural Materials and Designs
As with vintage pieces, the inclusion of natural materials provides character. These elements combine well with organic shapes and designs inspired by nature. For many, this type of design can be very calming, creating a peaceful oasis in a busy home.
Renovating your kitchen is the perfect time to bring in new elements. Incorporating one or more of these kitchen trends may help you to build your perfect space.