Everyone loves a stylish kitchen, whether you’re the proud owner of a spacious home or a small apartment. As the hub of the house, the kitchen is a go-to spot for entertaining loved ones, cooking your favorite dishes and possibly even carving out a temporary office.
That’s why it’s worth considering the biggest kitchen trends for 2022 before you even begin any renovation plans. We checked in with 15 interior design pros to find out the cabinet colors, countertops, tile ideas and top design trends that homeowners are obsessed with this year. Use their insights as inspiration to create the cooking space of your dreams.
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“Double islands may continue to grow in popularity this year. As we start to host in our homes once again, it’s helpful to have separate spaces for food preparation and entertaining without forcing guests to be in a distant room. The second island provides a lovely area for guests to gather around and graze from appetizers or have drinks without being tied to the dining table.” — Lindye Galloway, Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop
Butcher Block Countertops
“The granite trend in kitchen design seems to be fading out as people switch to other materials like marble, but butcher block countertops may have their moment to shine. The functionality and beauty of the wood adds a rustic, authentic feel to a kitchen. They are highly durable and can withstand heavy daily use, looking gorgeous for years to come with proper maintenance!” — Jessica Davis, JL Design
“Curves! We are seeing curves being incorporated in the kitchen through island legs and edges, as well as cabinetry details.” — Lauren Lerner, Living with Lolo
“The indoor kitchen has made an influence and created the second heart of the home. The outdoor kitchen area isn’t just for the boys to grill and watch games anymore. We’ll see more of a kitchen vibe outside where the BBQ located. The outdoor kitchen will be taking a cue from the indoor kitchen with upper cabinets, fun appliances and accessories that are similar to what we use to cook inside.” — Linda Hayslett, LH.Designs
“We are seeing an uptick in adding prep kitchens, back kitchens or sculleries to homes we are designing. Since the main kitchen is typically created to flow seamlessly with the main house decor, the addition of a prep kitchen gives a space where you can add extra character while also being able to close it off when needed. In this prep kitchen, our clients wanted a farmhouse feel with room to can vegetables, prepare coffee or use their Vitamix without making a mess in the main kitchen.” — Brad Ramsey, Brad Ramsey Interiors
“We have seen a variety of jewel-tone greens come to life in kitchens this past year. But in 2022, we will pivot to those mid-tone greens that play so well with neutrals. The delicateness of muted green shades create such an open and airy feel within the kitchen that is subtle in tone, but robust in appeal.” — Marie Cloud, Indigo Pruitt
“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
“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
“Homeowners are finally ready to splurge on the big-ticket appliances that they have been dreaming about for years, but when it comes to choosing these appliances, customization and flexible design options will be key in 2022. From colored appliances to custom paneling that allows you to seamlessly integrate your appliances into your cabinetry, like Sub-Zero Designer Series Refrigeration, these customizable offerings will rise in popularity.” — Jeff Andrews, Jeff Andrews Design
“Expect interesting backsplashes that have texture and dimension. Subway tiles are classic, but people now want more unique tiles that express them and provide a variation to the usual.” — Georgia Zikas, Georgia Zikas Design
Living Room Extensions
“The kitchen will feel more like an extension of the living room, rather than just a separate space or room. Embracing the curves within a round table, curved corners of cabinets or round pendants, it will blend with the home and be an extension of your personality.” — Michelle Harrison-McAllister, Michelle Harrison Design
Seamless Backsplashes and Countertops
“The unification of the kitchen countertop and backsplash is a trend we’ll see more of over the next year. The eye needs a place to rest and not every surface requires a different finish or color to be interesting or compete for the attention. Using the same countertop material for a kitchen backsplash creates a cohesive and clean look, with opportunities for big impact! It can add a touch of modern sophistication to any style kitchen you may have.” — Joshua Smith, Joshua Smith, Inc.
“Green marble is poised to be a top trend. We are seeing more and more of this. I had a client who wanted to go with verde marble last year for her new kitchen, and we had to go to the back corner of the fabricators’ warehouse to find a slab.” — Mark Lavender, M. Lavender Interiors
“Lots of people are leaning towards the kind of vibrant, energizing and exciting hues that were popular in the ’50s — a time when mass production and personalization really made custom interiors accessible to the wider public. People were embracing their individuality because they had the tools to do so. I expect a return to the bright, candy-colored, retro shades which defined this period.” — Annie Sloan
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