7 Kitchen Trends That Will Be Huge in 2022, According to Designers (2024)

From breathtaking countertops to gussied-up cabinetry, designers predict these trends will be everywhere this year.

By Lauren Wicks
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The kitchen is finally getting the attention it deserves, especially when it comes to thoughtful design, and the past year and a half has seen major innovations in the heart of the home. We've watched kitchens become swathed in color, full of natural, craftsman-made materials and ultimately become more luxurious, exciting places for the family to work, play, gather, eat, and of course, cook. And we're predicting 2022 will see an even greater rise in kitchens that reflect our personal tastes, beautiful collections, and our desire for appliances that truly fit our specific needs.

We've asked 10 top designers from around the country to share their thoughts on which design elements and concepts will be key players in the kitchen come 2022. Our editors are excited to say that we can expect even more color, lavish details, and exciting appliance innovations in the new year that will restore this ever-important space as the heart and soul of the home once more.


Mixing Materials for a More Design-Centric Cookspace

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As people are more willing to invest in their kitchens than ever before, thoughtful design is becoming a top priority. This is exemplified in the growing trend of mixing various materials throughout the space, as shown here in this lively Naples, Florida kitchen designed by Summer Thornton. A delicate balance of masculinity and femininity comes from mixing a dark wood-paneled island with white oak latticework on the cabinets and a hand-painted botanical wallcovering with upholstered leather seating. These juxtapositions are what make our favorite living and dining spaces so special, and why not the kitchen, too?

Houston-based designer Benjamin Johnston says to keep your eyes out for fabulous brass accents, as they are "holding strong as we head into the new year," and his team continues to see them all over the kitchen from appliances and cabinetry hardware to plumbing and lighting.

"I'm so pleased that wood tones are making it back into the kitchen, too," says Virginia-based designer Avery Frank. "It appears to be starting with warm, light oaks which pair so beautifully with burnished brass or bronze."


Green Is Here to Stay

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If the announcements from leading paint companies on their 2022 colors of the year have any indication (PPG, Sherwin-Williams, and Valspar all chose shades of green), bringing the beauty of the outdoors in will remain a key design element for kitchens in 2022. Whether you prefer a moody, muted green like Sherwin-Williams's Evergreen Fog, Valspar's pretty and pastel Blanched Thyme, or PPG's energizing Olive Sprig, the future is looking bright for green interiors, and that's especially true for the kitchen. Discover our editors' favorite green paint colors for the kitchen as well as our favorite green kitchen essentials if you don't want to commit to painting the walls.


Closed-off Kitchens That Are Just as Joyful

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"One of the main kitchen trends we are seeing for 2022 is the end of the open concept kitchen," says New York designer Kati Curtis.
People want to separate food prep from homework, TV watching, etc. We’re finding that new construction apartments here in New York City are being built with the kitchens as separate rooms, and we are getting requests to enclose kitchens in the suburbs."

As many of us begin returning to the office, flexible work arrangements are the new norm and spending time away from the screens is paramount. The kitchen is the ultimate place to escape the distractions of a 24-hour news cycle and social media to connect with our loved ones through baking a favorite cookie recipe or even just conversing while the kids finish up math homework and we get dinner ready. (An enclosed kitchen also allows us to escape from the rest of the family when needed.) Having this space be its own room instead of part of a larger living area makes the space feel more intimate, special, and ready to be turned into the jewel box space you've been dreaming of!

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Turning Our Attention to Cabinetry

A common theme our designer panel shared was a growing interest in giving more attention to cabinetry design. And while we are loving the range of woods being used, like the rift-cut white oak millwork used in this Bray's Island kitchen by Beth Webb, designers are also expecting an expansion in cabinetry materials in the coming year.

"I believe that we will see unexpected materials—plaster, glamorous stone, and rough concrete—that will no longer be limited to countertops, but instead make their way to kitchen cabinetry," says Chicago designer Michael del Piero. South Florida-based designer Heather Weisz says she is excited to see more sleek, furniture-like cabinetry and the rise of luxurious metals to create stunning cabinets and doors.


Prioritizing Color

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Color, color, and more color was a resounding prediction from our designers. Avery Frank says he's currently working on four kitchen projects and every client said they didn't want white cabinetry. Benjamin Johnston says clients are tired of being restricted to a white kitchen and are looking to make a more powerful statement in this important space.

"Color is being used in unexpected ways in the kitchen right now, which I love," says Seattle designer Heidi Caillier, whose recent kitchen project is shown here. "I think people are less inclined to play it safe and are choosing bolder hues for their cabinetry. I am also seeing the use of more interesting stone on countertops. Our clients are incorporating color, dramatic veining, and interesting slab backsplashes with really pretty and thoughtful detailing."

Kati Curtis says that to her, white kitchens are as dated as the almond cabinets of the '80s—but that doesn't mean you need to go crazy with color. Like Callier, she recently finished up a kitchen project where they painted the cabinetry a beautiful teal color but kept the island a soothing cream color for contrast and to prevent the space from feeling too busy.

"If I am to go down the open shelving route with minimal tabletop styling, I like a lacquered surround unit with the shelves painted in a different pop of color," says New York designer Christina Nielsen. "I like to play with matte versus gloss—the juxtaposition between the two, mixed with a stark contrast in dual tones, makes an otherwise utilitarian space fun, interesting and very chic. Plain English does an amazing job with this. My next goal is to do a black lacquered cabinet with rusty orange or pea green matte shelving."


Statement-Making Stone

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“In our kitchen designs, we’re utilizing and fabricating stone in novel ways, and we see designers across the industry doing the same," says Dallas designer Bryan Yates. "We’re designing fluted countertop edges, creating stone cabinet pulls, adding stone around windows, and more."

Finding a show-stopping stone to use as a countertop, backsplash, or even as the base of a kitchen island, as shown here in Ken Pursley's Charlotte home, creates visual interest and a more layered look for those who prefer minimalism and neutral colors. And as the kitchen becomes increasingly more dramatic and design-oriented, refreshing the stonework could be just the touch you need to bring some life and chicness to this room.

"We are seeing some dramatic elements in kitchen design recently," says Nashville-based designer Roger Higgins. "Subtle surfaces seem to have been replaced with natural stones that have heavy and dramatic veining. It’s not just found on countertops, either. We’re seeing integrated stone and marble sinks fabricated out of same material as the countertop surfaces, so that there is a fully cohesive aesthetic."

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Spaces That Better Reflect One's Environment or Aesthetic

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I’m enjoying the texture and warmth being utilized in kitchens throughout the design world," says Dallas-based designer Morgan Farrow. "Beautifully stained wood with grain, reeding, and cane are all trending. Today’s kitchens have more depth and richness than in past years.”

As we've been seeing in the rest of the home over the last two years, maximalism, reflecting one's environment and aesthetic over what's trending on Pinterest, and showcasing one's heirlooms and collections have finally found their way into our kitchens. Surrounding ourselves with our favorite colors, textures, fabrics, and pieces we've collected over the years only makes this space feel even more like the heart of the home and a room the whole family wants to gravitate towards.

"I am a big fan of cupboards versus open shelving, because, if you’re like me and love to collect tabletop items to add to your collection, things can get very cluttered," says Christina Nielsen. "That said, I am really loving the look of glazed glass panels or brushed bronze or brass chicken wire — with or without an amazing fabric behind the wiring. This opens up the space a bit more instead of having a standard kitchen with closed cabinetry."

Nielsen says she enjoys how you can appreciate your favorite tabletop pieces through glazed or wired cabinetry (especially true with patterned pieces) which creates a perfect combination of creating a sneak peek into your covetable china cabinet while hiding a bit of the mess of everyday life.

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Lauren Wicks

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Lauren Wicks is a freelance writer and editor based in Birmingham, Alabama. Before going on her own, Lauren worked for brands such as VERANDA, EatingWell, and Cooking Light, and she covers all things lifestyle from interior design and luxury travel to wine and wellness.

7 Kitchen Trends That Will Be Huge in 2022, According to Designers (2024)


7 Kitchen Trends That Will Be Huge in 2022, According to Designers? ›

Insider asked interior designers about the kitchen trends you should expect to see in 2022. All-white kitchens and double ovens are on their way out due to their lack of practicality. Smart appliances, unpainted cabinets, and darker colors in kitchen designs are gaining popularity.

What is going out of style for kitchens? ›

Insider asked four interior designers to share which kitchen trends went out of style in 2023. They say modern-farmhouse looks, open floor plans, and industrial designs are becoming outdated. The designers also say DIY-painted cabinetry typically makes kitchens seem unprofessional.

Are white cabinets going out of style in 2022? ›

Some styles just never go out of vogue. Like subway tile, hardwood floors, crown molding… all as popular as ever, rocking a totally timeless look. White kitchen cabinets can be added to that list too.

What is the kitchen cabinet trend for 2022? ›

Think painted white uppers paired with a dark, stained wood adorning the base cabinets; or bright white wall cabinets and a coloured kitchen island. These mix and match designs provide an exciting juxtaposition that breathes energy into the space while still including the timeless popularity of white cabinets.

What are the kitchen trends for 23 24? ›

Hottest Kitchen Trends 2024
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  • Eco-Friendly Materials.
  • Integrated Smart Technology.
  • Multifunctional Kitchen Islands.
  • Statement Range Hoods.
  • Kitchen Remodel Ideas 2024.
  • Statement Surfaces.
  • Modular Open Shelves.
Dec 27, 2023

What backsplash is outdated? ›

Glass finishes

'Glass backsplashes are no longer at the forefront of kitchen design. In 2024, there's a move toward more textured and statement backsplashes,' she says. Rather than glass, Amber suggests slab backsplashes that match with kitchen countertops for 'a contemporary aesthetic' that won't date.

What color cabinets never go out of style? ›

5 Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors That Will Never Go Out of Style, According to Interior Designers
  • Greige. A mashup and gray and beige, greige is a versatile color that pairs with a variety of countertop and backsplash materials. ...
  • Navy. ...
  • White. ...
  • Sage Green.
Jan 5, 2023

What kitchen design won't date? ›

Confine yourself to black, white, and wood finishes and cabinetry for a crisp and classic feel that will never date. This simple combination makes decorating simple and allows you to add color with simple accessories like dishtowels, vases, and fresh flowers.

What is the best color for kitchen cabinets in 2024? ›

In 2024, green is expected to become one of the top cabinet color trends; from soothing hues like Sage Green to Emerald Green hues, this eco-friendly hue connects you with nature while offering a relaxing ambiance. Toned-down red is another hue to consider when designing interior spaces.

What kitchen design is timeless? ›

Shaker-style cabinetry is a dependable classic

Kitchen cabinet trends come and go, but the real hallmarks of classic kitchen design always remain. Traditional shaker kitchen ideas, whether painted or left as unpainted kitchen cabinets, are always going to be a timeless choice for your cupboard doors.

What is the new cabinet color for 2022? ›

Shades of Blue

Blue and green cabinets are making an appearance.

What color kitchen cabinets are most popular 2022? ›

Green – Natural and organic; green is said to be the “BIG” color for 2022. Designers are excited about combining warm shades of green, with natural wood elements, such as oak and walnut. Matte Gray – Darker shades of gray will also be a hit.

What is the latest trend in kitchen cabinetry? ›

Some designers and architects foresee new takes in transitional design with regards to cabinetry and hardware. “We are seeing a surge in the 'skinny shaker' cabinet style which updates the classic cabinet with a much thinner frame typically around a half an inch wide,'” Karen Frome, founder of Rise Projects, says.

What are the countertops trend for 2024? ›

Sintered stone slabs are on the rise as kitchen countertop trends 2024. This extremely hardwearing countertop material is a type of manufactured stone that is highly practical due to its heat-resistant and stain-resistant properties. Moreover, it comes in a range of natural stone-look designs.

What is the new kitchen color for 2024? ›

Earthy Neutrals and Warm Beiges:

Earthy neutrals and warm beiges continue their reign in 2024, offering a timeless and versatile color palette for kitchens. These tones effortlessly bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary styles, providing a backdrop that complements various design elements and materials.

What is the trend in kitchens in 2024? ›

Back to black. This is perhaps one of the most talked about trends predicted to dominate kitchen design in 2024. We're learning to embrace the velvety depths of dark colours – deep blues, rich greys and blacks – with more of us choosing to design our kitchens with black cabinetry and countertops.

What is replacing open kitchens? ›

'Broken-plan' kitchens are all about zoning. While they retain the spacious feel of an open-plan design, they use screens, freestanding furniture and shelving to create distinct areas. These nooks in turn offer a zoned space for cooking, relaxing or entertaining.

What is the kitchen trend 2024? ›

Visually, expect kitchens to warm up with earthy color palettes and plenty of wood tones, as well as integrated appliances and other European-style elements. Meanwhile, kitchen cabinets, layouts, and appliances will look to offer features that better support your lifestyle.

Are white kitchens out for 2024? ›

D.C. design pros say do this instead. After years of muted farmhouse-style kitchens, 2024 ushers in an earthier era, with greens, blues, natural wood tones and warm metals. Why it matters: The kitchen sells the house!

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