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Kitchen Trends 2022 (That I’m Loving)

Published on:

12/15/21

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Carrie Barker

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If you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing kitchen, you’re in luck because many of the kitchen trends in 2022 are GORGEOUS! Even better, many of these trends are rooted in classic design that will stand the test of time. Whoo hoo!

Let’s be real for a sec … your kitchen is one of the most important (and most expensive) rooms when building or remodeling a home, so you (obviously) want to get it ‘right’ … and I’m going to help you in this blog post :).

I’ve scoured design websites to get an idea of the kitchen trends we’ll see in 2022. Some trends (i.e. ‘busy’ and dark countertops) don’t appeal to me at all and I’m not sure they have lasting potential. 

However, there are other trends that I would gladly incorporate in my own home (if I were building or remodeling in 2022) and that I believe will remain in style long after you move into your beautiful new home.

And just so you know, I would never recommend trends that you’ll want to rip out by the time you finish building or remodeling. That is NOT what I want for you! 

Soooo … we’ll focus on kitchen trends that ensure your kitchen is current but remains timeless.

Kitchen Design Trends in 2022

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Do keep in mind that while home design trends are fun, this is ultimately YOUR kitchen and it’s important to design it in a way that will make YOU (and your family) happy for years to come. 

As you go through the kitchen trends below, pick a trend or two (or more) that fit your personal style and follow your gut. Your kitchen doesn’t need to look like every other kitchen on Instagram and Pinterest. It should reflect your family’s personality and style.

All right, let’s get started …

KITCHEN CABINET COLOR TRENDS 2022

KITCHEN DESIGN WHITE CABINETS

First, let’s talk about white kitchen cabinets … these aren’t going anywhere in 2022. A white kitchen is classic and never goes ‘out of style’. It may not always be the current trend, but white kitchen cabinets are always beautiful.

We’ll also continue to see the two-tone cabinet color trend in 2022. Pairing a primarily white kitchen with a contrasting (trending) color on your kitchen island will still be popular into 2022. I happen to love this look!

Popular white paint colors (click on any option to view the color and/or order a peel-and-stick paint sample): 

TRENDING COLORS KITCHEN CABINETS

We’ll continue to see painted kitchen cabinetry as a top trend in kitchen design. Whether this is white painted cabinets, black painted cabinets, or taking a more colorful approach and incorporating more color into your design.

Design experts predict that we’ll see A LOT of greens and blues in kitchen cabinetry this year. This includes all shades of green and blue from subtle and neutral to deep, rich hues.

Both Sherwin Williams’ and Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2022 happen to be shades of green … so it’s no surprise that green will make a big bang in kitchens this year.

Green cabinetry will most likely overtake navy as the most popular kitchen cabinet color in 2022. Feel free to paint all of your kitchen cabinets green or just do a pop of green on your kitchen island (or possibly just your upper or lower cabinets)

If painting your kitchen cabinets (any color other than white) freaks you out a little bit, you can always incorporate this fun trend in a small bathroom or your laundry room.

Popular green and blue paint colors (click on any option to view the color and/or order a peel-and-stick paint sample):

NATURAL WOOD KITCHEN CABINETS

As far as natural wood cabinet colors go, light and medium oak will still be trending in 2022 … whether it’s your full kitchen or just your kitchen island. Either way looks beautiful!

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Builder PATTERSON CUSTOM HOMES   Architect BRANDON ARCHITECTS    Designer LINDYE GALLOWAY    Photography CHAD MELLON

And you can’t go wrong with beautiful stained (or painted) dark kitchen cabinets.

KITCHEN COUNTERTOP TRENDS 2022

One kitchen trend that I see over and over (and over) again is marble countertops. Luckily, marble is a classic and timeless look that will never go out of style. Yay!

From what I’ve read, marble in bold patterns will be trending, but we’ll also continue to see subtle veining and subtle patterns. I personally prefer subtle patterns and don’t feel like bold patterns will stand the test of time.

Unfortunately, marble isn’t the most practical material if you’re looking for a low-maintenance countertop. However, you can achieve a similar look for less $$$ and less maintenance with man-made quartz. Just throwing out an alternative!

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KITCHEN BACKSPLASH TRENDS 2022

The small subway tile backsplash is out (well, it’s still a classic, but it isn’t exactly ‘trending’ in 2022). The 2022 trend is a slab backsplash … and it’s a gorgeous trend (I kinda want to rip out my subway tile and put up a slab backsplash).

A slab provides a wall of uninterrupted stone (or a man-made product that mimics natural stone) that looks sleek and provides a focal point for your kitchen. 

We started seeing slab backsplashes rise in popularity over the last year or two, but these will be really big in 2022.

If you aren’t interested in a slab backsplash (or want a more economical option), you can find beautiful backsplash tile options in my Curated Backsplash Boutique. 

OTHER KITCHEN DESIGN TRENDS 2022

NATURAL (AND TEXTURED) ELEMENTS

We’ll continue to see the use of natural (and textured) materials such as natural wood beams in the ceiling or incorporating natural wood in your stove hood, kitchen island, or open shelving.

Adding organic materials to your kitchen adds warmth and creates a cozier feeling by offsetting the hard (and cold) cabinet and countertop surfaces.

CABINET HARDWARE TRENDS

The trend in 2022 is leaning toward handleless design or barely-there hardware. In other words, we’ll be seeing more kitchens without visible cabinet pulls and handles. Touch-to-open cabinets provide a cleaner, sleeker look.

Don’t worry … if you aren’t excited about this trend that lends toward a more contemporary look (I personally prefer cabinet hardware too), you can still (obviously) use cabinet hardware and have a beautiful kitchen. 

The two dominant colors we’ll see in cabinet hardware are gold and black. Gold is still going strong! If you prefer satin nickel, it’s A-OK! Silver is classic and timeless (plus I have it in my home because it never goes out of style).

No matter what cabinet hardware finish you choose, you’ll find what you need in my Curated Cabinet Hardware Boutique

Psst … this black and gold finish trend extends to light fixtures and door hardware in 2022 as well.

KITCHEN FLOOR TRENDS

Light (and medium) oak flooring will continue to be on-trend in 2022. Of course, you can create this look via solid wood floors or engineered wood flooring (or even LVP). 

This is most definitely a (classic) trend I would incorporate if building in 2022. Just sayin’!

SMART TECHNOLOGY

This isn’t exactly a trend but just the wave of the future … we’ll see more fully integrated smart kitchens in 2022 (and beyond). Examples of smart technology include appliances or light switches that can be accessed from your phone or from voice technology. I personally would love a fancy coffee maker that basically is a robot barista :). 

NEXT STEPS

Well there you have it … an overview of the kitchen trends I’m loving for 2022. I hope you now feel like you have a better idea of the kitchen trends for 2022.

I shared trends that I think have the potential to have a long shelf-life and remain in style for years to come. But remember … this is YOUR house and you should design your kitchen in a way that makes YOU (and your family) happy! Follow your gut and only implement trends that you love and would incorporate whether or not they happen to be the current trend.

Wanna dive a little deeper into designing your dream kitchen (without regrets)? Grab a seat in my *FREE* on-demand training, 3 Simple Keys to Design Your Dream Home with Confidence … without second-guessing your decisions or making costly mistakes you’ll later regret’.

Psst … you might also enjoy reading ‘Home Exterior Trends 2022’!

  1. Gee gee Kirkley says:

    We are about to start our retirement home. This and your previous post are taking stress out of my design!

  2. Maria Shanine says:

    Thanks, Carrie! My husband and I are almost finished with a new build inspired by your plan(we purchased it). I read all of your advice on what you would have done differently. I thank you for your guidance and inspiration!!

  3. Ella Mora says:

    Hi Carrie,
    I was searching for design ideas for my kitchen when I came across your article. This post is great! I now have more options to explore. Thanks for sharing 🙂 If you have time, feel free to check out https://thehomepros.us/kitchen-remodelling/

  4. […] Shades of blues and greens in kitchens bring a sense of personality to a room, which is both bold and refreshing. It is no wonder they have become such popular options for kitchen trends 2022.  […]

  5. Sunny Armstrong says:

    I have been seeing green paint cabinet suggestions going around to update kitchens. But to update the kitchen and save money, white is a good way to go. White is a classic and timeless color. It’s also great to pair it with white cabinets like the samples I saw from https://www.caesarstone.ca/blog/white-kitchen-cabinets-and-white-quartz-countertops/. I guess the only time that white is wrong is when it’s too much, or it’s the wrong shade.

    • I agree, Sunny … white cabinetry is the ultimate classic ‘color’ for cabinets :). It can be fun to do a different color for an island though because that can be ‘easily’ changed in the future. – Carrie

    • Cathie says:

      I agree white is great. However as previous all white kitchen owner… never again. Add two cats, a dog, a clumsy husband and two messy kids…. white cabs where a real pain to maintain. A REAL PAIN. Plus all the teeny dings and chips that seem like they’re the size of golf balls on white paint drove me nuts esp around drawers where the utensils weren’t put away properly and a drawer was slammed shut with it sticking out… we are building a new house and decided on light stained maple and dark blue. Maybe when the kids are out of the house and pets are gona I’ll try white again. Just not for me as I expect the white paint to stay perfect.

  6. Carmel says:

    Hi Caroline, thank you for sharing your advice. We are in the process of planning a new small G shape kitchen which will be white laminate and using Stone Ambassador ‘Lagos Grey’ stone. There is a small kitchen bench attached to kitchen wall; we are struggling to decide whether or not to have a stone waterfall on one side, and to use 20mm or 40mm Stone, and what edge to choose.
    Can you please give me your opinion? Thanks

  7. […] Are oak cabinets Coming Back in Style 2022? […]

  8. Vicki Greenman says:

    Hi, My husband and I are renovating our new condo kitchen and need some advice.
    Would love to hear from you, my contractor is yelling us we need to make a decision of cabinet colors asap or job will take months.
    Thank you,
    Vicki

    • Hi Vicki! I don’t offer personal 1:1 design services. I recommend hiring a local interior designer or an e-designer to help you with your personal design dilemma (i.e. cabinet colors). Best of luck to you! – Carrie

  9. […] of. You can also use bold colors to accent your cabinets (we have used yellow and blue). Even two-tone cabinets can be […]

  10. Nicole says:

    hi! love this post. what type of countertop is this? I love the amount of veining that is in it – enough but not too heavy. didn’t. realize how many countertop options there are..

    • Hi Nicole! I’m not sure which countertop you are referring to … although I don’t have the product details on any of these countertops :). I have included a link to the owners of each image so you’ll need to contact the image owner for specific product details. Best of luck! -Carrie

  11. […] The spray-net paints and coatings are dry to the touch in less than 30 minutes. Depending on the method used, primer and grain filler must be used to prepare the paint for painting. In comparison to standard coatings, scratch resistance is achieved through their formulation and application process. A small kitchen (less than 30 square feet) costs around $3,500, according to reports. You can use spray-net to select from a variety of colors. The cabinets we’ve done here are bold in yellow and blue (we’ve used both of these colors). It’s also possible to paint two-tone cabinets. […]

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