The kitchen is the center of the home, but while it’s usually the first room you see when you walk into a house, it doesn’t have to feel like something out of a museum. Homeowners who want to modernize their kitchen interiors can seek out inspiration from our top kitchen trends of 2022 below and discover how BCstone can help implement these popular design elements and more. We talked to the design experts and here’s what we have found to be the biggest kitchen trends of the year.
1. Polished tile backsplash
2022 is no stranger to tiles in the kitchen, but we are seeing a shift in design; honed backsplashes are being traded in for polished stone. Polished stone is notorious for its low maintenance, as well as its gleam and ability to reflect light.
2. Natural elements
As we see an exponential increase in time spent in the kitchen, the tendency to incorporate nature into this space has grown, as well. Natural elements such as marble, granite or even wood have become more popular for their rich aesthetic. Unpainted wood cabinetry can tie together a kitchen with granite countertops, making your kitchen unique and grounded, while also warm and inviting.
3. Brave color contrasts
Picking two shades on opposite sides of the color wheel, like pink and green, will achieve bold contrasts. Bold color choices are sure to inspire your everyday kitchen activities, and the good thing is you can choose universal colors as a base, using neutrals in the more permanent fixtures like your countertops and then implementing color contrasts in your decor or paints.
4. A fresh take on 50s design
Bright white kitchens with contrasting wood cabinetry and soft curves bring back the 50s iconic style with a modernized update. Dark walnut cabinetry works to keep the look simple with smart bespoke detailing. Tall white cabinets and light marble backsplashes and countertops draw the eye up creating an illusion of space, keeping the look fresh and of the moment.
5. Marble Look-Alike Countertops
The newest kitchen trend is here, and it’s here to stay. Kitchens are encompassing mostly quartz countertops with dramatic veining in new homes and new builds to offer durability and luxury while still providing low maintenance and efficiency within the home. Quartz manufacturers are releasing new colors that mimic natural marble with statement veining, and homeowners are taking advantage of their ability to customize colors. This customization and wide-ranging possibility allows the homeowner to include almost any design style into their interior design.
6. Dark drama
Black kitchen ideas are making their way back to the front stand. Often overlooked as purely an ‘accent’ color, black walls, cabinetry and work surfaces are bringing back the classic, chic look of a bold, black hue to represent a masculine and daring appeal.
7. Color pops
Monochromatic kitchens are out, as we see a huge growth in incorporating color into spaces these days. Be it a painted wall or colorful appliances, your kitchen is no more than a blank canvas awaiting its due colors. We do realize this trend is a hard leap to take, so easing into color may be your best bet. Starting slow, by changing paint colors or using colorful decor can brighten up your kitchen without asking for a serious color commitment. Your kitchen color schemes could last years, so making sure to choose colors that won’t bore you is your best bet to enjoy your kitchen to the fullest!
8. Double Islands
This year, people are spending more time in their kitchens than ever before, and as a result, the spaces are becoming increasingly larger and more luxurious.
This means that you can expect to see more double kitchen island designs emerging in 2022.
With two kitchen islands, you have plenty of counter space for all your cooking needs, as well as a beautiful focal point for the heart of the home. Two kitchen islands also allow for a better workflow within the kitchen, so you can cook and clean and have ample space while hosting guests who may want to utilize the other counters for talking, eating, etc.
9. Ergonomic kitchens
The kitchen of the future will have hidden appliances, sleek finishes, and a focus on ergonomics. A large number of manufacturers are working to create a seamless cooking experience in which all of the appliances are hidden away in cabinets and drawers. In addition to this, there are many companies that are working to create cabinets and drawers with easy-open functions. This means that you won’t need to pull out a drawer or open it up to get your food—you can just wave your hand over the handle, and it will pop right open!
Lastly, in 2022, sustainability will be a major consideration in the planning stages of any kitchen renovation. But sustainability isn’t just about saving money on utility bills. It’s also about making sure you have a beautiful, functional kitchen—one that looks good and works well. With its seamless lines and sleek finishes, stone is one of the most versatile materials available for countertops and backsplashes. It’s durable enough to withstand heavy use while still being comfortable and beautiful at the same time. And by choosing an eco-friendly stone like ECO or GEOS, you can rest assured that it won’t damage the environment or contribute to climate change—in fact, it will actually help protect our planet!