Kitchen trends 2022 – the latest kitchen designs for next year (2023)

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If you're planning a new kitchen in the coming new year, you've come to the right place for inspiration. The latest kitchen trends are so much more than the standard white space of old. Bursting with practical, yet beautiful materials in gorgeously rich colours, the breadth of choice available these days is almost endless ensuring that there's something to suit everyone.

The past two years have seen us use our homes so much more than usual, with our communal spaces working all the harder 24-7. Considered the heart of the home, kitchens have had to adapt even more than before to become multifunctional spaces. From a space to prep and cook food, to a dining area and living room, and even a home office, our kitchen ideas are ever evolving.

What are the kitchen trends in 2022?

If you're setting out to find out how to plan a kitchen, there are so many design elements that need to be addressed. From choosing the right layout to work for your needs to researching the best appliances, splashbacks and worktops to create a space that you love.

It's useful to keep kitchen trends in mind, especially when it comes to adding value for resale. It's a bit of a false economy to spend a fortune on an unusual kitchen that may not appeal to others, especially if you plan to sell up in a few years time. Choosing a look that has universal appeal and - dare we say it - bang on trend will attract rather than repel potential buyers.

We’ve asked the experts at leading retailers to share their thoughts and insights on the biggest kitchen trends 2022. And for good measure, we've added a few hot trends of our own that we love and swear by.

Kitchen design can be so much fun and really satisfying when you take the time to design… rather than just filling a space,' notes Rod Gaskell, Owner, Kütchehaus (opens in new tab).

So whether you know exactly what you want or if you're still undecided and need some inspiration, read on to discover all you need to help you create a kitchen that’s on-trend and right for you for many years to come.

1. Colourful cabinetry

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Handle-less or classic Shaker remain the most popular kitchen trends, but it seems we are embracing more colour in our modern kitchen ideas. ‘People want practical, with matt doors in an anti-fingerprint finish highly desirable,' says Rod from Kütchehaus. 'But the introduction of bolder colour is something that we're beginning to see lots more of lately.'

In line with other interior trends, blues and greens are hugely popular with the richer hues becoming the quickest growing trend. 'We’ve added a blue and green to our range for 2022,' adds Rod.

‘Many of our clients are keen to introduce bolder and darker shades through their cabinetry, such as teal blue, forest green and anthracite grey,' agrees Natalie Holden, Director, Natalie Holden Interiors (opens in new tab).

2. Smart storage

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In a time when we strive to declutter for our overall wellbeing, storage is of the utmost importance in current kitchen trends. Especially in kitchens where we need so many 'things', from the ingredients to the cooking equipment. Well-placed, concealed kitchen storage ideas are a saviour for the aesthetic of our kitchens.

When planning any successful layoutfactoring in ample space to keep clutter out of sightis always key to making the space work harder for you. ‘Storage seems to be focusing on the practical rather than clever gizmos,’ says Rod from Kütchehaus. ‘Customers want large easy-access storage, such as pan drawers in islands and big-opening larder units.’

‘We’re being asked to maximise storage,' continues Natalie Holden. 'One project recently had a compact floor space, but really high ceilings, so we designed one tall wall of storage, with integrated fridge-freezer, butler’s pantry and pull-out larder.’

3. Practical yet stylish worksurfaces

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As for kitchen worktop ideas, Natalie says her clients tend to specify quartz. ‘It’s extremely durable and easy to clean and maintain. Our suppliers have an amazing selection of colours, some which look like real marble,’ she explains. 'Many clients enjoy cooking and want to ensure a worksurface doesn’t stain easily,’ she adds.

Of course, it depends on budget. ‘Discussing contrast is a great starting point, when planning a kitchen,’ says Rod from Kütchehaus, ‘Such as light doors with a dark worksurface or vice versa. But worksurface choice is always about how hardwearing, heatproof and stain resistant it is. Those on a budget can look at combining a wood-effect laminate for the main kitchen with a stone for an island, although it's best not to introduce too many colours.'

Mike Turley, Technical Director at Mereway Kitchens (opens in new tab) likes to see cabinetry, doors and worktops matching; ‘It gives a streamlined look,’ he explains.

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Natalie says there are more sustainable options for kitchen trends 2022, too. ‘One of our suppliers makes worktops from recycled brick rubble and concrete, while another, Cosentino (opens in new tab), uses a new technology called HybriQ, which combines recycled glass content, 100% renewable energy and 98% recycled water in its factory.

4. Wood flooring for the win

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For flooring kitchen trends 2022 - wood, whether real or porcelain/vinyl, remains hugely popular. ‘Wood-effect is the easy-to-clean and easy-to-maintain option for kitchen flooring ideas,’ advises Mike from Mereway.

‘Wood-effect porcelain tiles laid in a herringbone pattern is great for open-plan kitchens extensions that have lots of natural light streaming in,’ says Natalie Holden. 'They bring a sense of warmth and texture to the space, yet don’t fade in the sunlight and are very easy to clean.’

Rod’s been taking the craze for wood further; ‘I’ve been matching wood-effect panelling to wood-effect laminate worktops to great success. Porcelain worktops are also available in a much thinner profile, which allows you to take the same material up the wall as splashbacks.’

Flooring trends are not always visible. Sustainable options are also a big consideration with today's consumers with eco-friendly flooring like FSC certified wood, cork and lino, becoming more widely available. If presented with two similar choices, people tend to always choose the one that has less impact on the environment.

5. Contemporary handles

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It seems we are paying lots of attention to handles, too. ‘The Shaker door with a contemporary knurled black or brass handle is always popular,' explains Rod from Kütchehaus, 'But we’ve recently designed a few kitchens with a slab door and contrasting gold or brass recessed profile detail, which gives a much more contemporary look.’

These warmer metallics are great for teaming with blue or green units, but stone-effect doors are also sought, as Rod explains, ‘For kitchen trends we might see more new sandstone or earthier finishes coming through, reflecting our concentration on nature and the environment.’

Design-led handles are also perfect for adding to small kitchen ideas as a way to add style without taking up space.

6. Squeeze in a utility room or pantry

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The utility room is arguably one of the most desired kitchen trends. ‘Utility rooms are a sign that today’s kitchen has become much more of a living space,’ say Mike from Mereway.

Wherever possible, it's always advisable to eke out a little space for either a utility room as you can store all of your laundry out of sight making your kitchen a much more liveable space.

‘Most of our projects have a utility room,’ says Natalie Holden, ‘especially open-plan kitchens. A utility space provides somewhere you can shut things away, such as washing and coats.’

Don't have a space for a utility room? A pantry is the next on the top trend hit list. ‘Kitchen pantry ideas are also a lovely addition, especially if you have the space for open shelving floor-to-ceiling,’ says Rod from Kütchehaus. ‘They allow you to make great use of multi-buy deals on non-perishables.’ Mike agrees; ‘If space allows, go for a modern take on the pantries of post-war years.’

7. Supersize your sink

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‘When it comes to kitchen sink ideas, large bowls are high on people’s lists,’ says Rod from Kütchehaus. ‘We’re so used to dishwashers being part of our daily routines now, but we still need to wash up those larger items. For colour and finish, granite and steel sinks are in demand – even copper and gold-effects.'

'We’re often asked how a sink will wear – customers will always look for scratch-resistant and easy-clean sinks, especially where limescale is an annoyance. That’s why ceramic sinks are always in the mix, with undermounted sinks helping to keep things tidy.’

‘Brass taps seem to be all the rage,’ says Natalie Holden, ‘Yet other appliances and fittings haven’t quite caught up with these kitchen trends, so it can be a challenge to source matching fittings throughout a scheme.’

‘While black taps are a favourite, and gold a contender, we find they are always chosen to match other items that are decided upon first, like handles,' agrees Rod.

8. Sleek marble surfaces

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'Marble is such a versatile material,' explains Natalie Holden. 'It suits both traditional and contemporary kitchens. Due to it being natural, every slab will have a unique veining, so hand-select from a stonemason if you can. You’ll be surprised how much pattern and colour can vary between each piece.'

'It's expensive, but you can get the look with composites that also have the benefit of being non-porous. Think about using a lower-priced worksurface in your utility room or area, leaving more budget to splash out on marble in the main kitchen.'

'To really work a marble look take it from the worksurface and use up the walls as a splashback, or go down to the floor on the sides of an island.'

9. Broken plan vs open plan

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‘Open-plan spaces are still desired in larger properties,’ says Natalie, ‘however in smaller homes, we are seeing more broken-plan solutions, where each space can function for a variety of different purposes throughout the day. Think of two or three rooms that have the option to be opened up with sliding doors when you want to entertain but exist as a kitchen or a separate workspace when needed.’

Rod from Kütchehaus thinks bigger is better. ‘I think the kitchen is becoming larger than ever before,' he says. 'We’re seeing double island units allowing ease of movement around the kitchen, with different-height worktop levels and seating areas introduced to keep all the family and visitors happy.’

10. Clever lighting plans

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Understandably, a well-thought-through kitchen lighting plan that incorporates plenty of task lighting is essential, but that doesn't mean it has to be dull. Natalie’s seeing more organic shapes and sculptural pendant designs for the kitchen trends 2022; ‘I love layering up wall lights, recessed strip lighting and statement pendants into a space to add drama and a cosy atmosphere.’

Rod says it’s all about increased connectivity, too. ‘A connected home, such as mood-controlled lighting like Philips Hue (opens in new tab) smart lighting, will soon be everywhere, not just the kitchen.’

Lighting has more freedom within the modern kitchen, with statement pendants being used to dress the aesthetic more and more. While the use of spotlights or down-lights are still key, there's a trend for making the kitchen feel more like our living rooms – smart kitchen lighting ideas play a key role in this.

11. Integrated appliances

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The desire for streamlined, clutter-free spaces sees kitchen trends leaning towards integrated, concealed appliances remaining a firm favourite. While there has been an abundance of tech and new gadgets for our kitchens, we don't want to necessarily see them, which is why kitchen appliance layout is key.

‘The appetite for discreet storage is expected to grow,’ says Ben Burbidge, MD, Kitchen Makers (opens in new tab). ‘Homeowners are scrutinising the aesthetic of the appliances they are integrating into their kitchens. And so concealment solutions, that create a streamlined finish without impacting the style, are a key consideration.’

So how can we have the latest appliances without them taking over our kitchens?

Ben advises, ‘Concealing these appliances can take the form of simple cabinetry to hide a fridge or dishwasher. Or a storage design that minimises small counter top appliances. A hidden station, which keeps the kettle and toaster from cluttering the worktop. And helps to create a dedicated area to sit and enjoy breakfast will be popular.’

Continuing trends from kitchens 2021

12. Clever compact design

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Whether narrow, square or broken plan, where space is at a premium compact kitchens come to the rescue. More and more, kitchen design looks to benefit from minimal clutter and maximum efficiency. This is especially important if you have a small kitchen.

‘When presented with a smaller space it is essential that the kitchen layout ideas are carefully considered to make sure every inch of the kitchen is utilised,’ says Ben from Kitchen Makers.

‘Creating a bank of cabinetry along one wall is a great way of streamlining and opening up the space. Tall wall units are particularly suited to narrow spaces. This is because using this space ensures the area feels less cramped than if filled with larder style dressers.'

'Don’t be afraid to include an island or breakfast bar. But try not to make the overall dimensions too big, as it may restrict movement around the kitchen. Opting for an open or floating island will keep all areas accessible and provide additional seating opportunities. The area under the island’s worktop can offer ample space for kitchen storage.'

13. Boiling water on demand

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We've become so accustomed to everything in an instant that even boiling the kettle is a wait we would rather do without. It's presumably no surprise that boiling taps are firmly on the kitchen trends list.

Sales of the best boiling water taps increased hugely over the course of this year, spurred by more of us working from home and therefore wanting hot water on demand for making tea and coffee in between Zoom calls etc.'

14. Downdraft extractors

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Extractor fans are being reimagined. ‘The kitchen trends are showing a shift towards downdraft extraction systems which remove odours and vapours at their source, i.e. directly from the hob. And draw them downwards before they have a chance to permeate the air,’ explains Willi Bruckbauer, founder, BORA (opens in new tab).

‘This is particularly important in open-plan kitchens and living spaces. This is because a head-height extractor hood above an island can create a visual barrier and conflict with the open-plan ambience. A downdraft extractor integrated into the hob gives greater creativity of design and taps into the trend for minimal, professional styling.’

15. Structured simplicity

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The trend for streamline kitchens is set to reach new heights of popularity. This less-is-more minimalist approach creates a calming space with clean sweeping lines.

This contemporary look is easy to achieve, with practicality being key. 'It's all about choosing high-quality materials and items that put strong lines and functionality at the forefront,' explains Darren Watts, Wren Kitchens (opens in new tab). 'It's essential to have integrated appliances and hidden storage to ensure the smooth look isn't disrupted.'

You can update your existing kitchen with clever storage solutions to clear worktops.

16. Two-toned kitchens

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Kitchens are set to become more and more blended in this new decade. ‘The kitchen trends for combining two colours throughout kitchen cabinetry is soaring,’ says Andy Briggs, Designer, Optiplan Kitchens (opens in new tab).

‘It’s a great approach to adding an interesting twist to your aesthetic and it can change the whole feel of the room. Opt for deep, dark units and contrast with brighter shades elsewhere in order to add depth and character to the space.'

The trend extends beyond just a contrasting paint colour on the walls. From the cabinets to the worktops, it gives you the freedom to explore different painted kitchen ideas and design elements. Andy goes on to say, 'You can play around with rich textures, such as wood grains, matte finishes or sleek laminate'.

Using them together creates a juxtaposition of instant interest.

17. Green cabinetry and accessories

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In recent years it's all been about blue, but expect to see more green in kitchens going forward. Most likely to take the form of tiles and cabinetry, in tones of emerald, forest green and more subtly, sage.

'The trend for bold, dark hues was prominent throughout 2021,' says Hayley Simmons, Head of Merchandising, Magnet (opens in new tab). 'And therefore in 2022, it's predicted green kitchen cabinetry is a key style to follow.'

'Deep forest green kitchen ideas can be balanced out with latte shades, smoky glass and softmetallics to bring opulence to the kitchen. The addition of white marble and brass through design aspects like lighting and worktops, or even accessories, help to bounce the light around the space and offset the heavier hues.'

18. Brooding blue hues

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While green is the front runner in coloured kitchen trends, shades of navy kitchen ideas continue to be sought after.

‘The more sophisticated and dramatic colour choice when it comes to kitchens, midnight blue has been an emerging trend recently,’ explains Iain McColgan, Director of Showrooms, B&Q (opens in new tab).

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‘The smart shade stands out even more against light worktops and when paired with silver accents.’

19. Living room furnishings

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With the rising popularity of open-plan living, it's no surprise to see living room furnishings featuring more and more in our kitchens.

Now more than ever, kitchens are the heart of our homes, so creating a comfortable, well-presented space has never been more important.

20. Bold as brass finishes

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We're seeing more and more warming tones of brass in modern kitchen trends. Brass is the ideal shade for enhancing on-trend blues and green cabinetry, while adding a sophisticated touch.

'Ironmongery can elevate the style of a kitchen and create an interesting feature,' according to the experts at Harvey Jones (opens in new tab).

Often overlooked, attractive taps, hinges, knobs and handles can really transform a kitchen design. It's the finishing touches that can make or break a scheme.

21. Modern twists on tradition

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While traditional styles remain popular, such as Shaker kitchen ideas, the way to do traditional for 2022 is in a modern on-trend colour.

Choose traditional designs but opt for a statement contemporary colour to give kitchens a modern twist.

22. Industrial style

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In kitchen design the use of raw materials, which are rich in tones and texture, will definitely continue to rise in popularity beyond 2021. Metal finishing alongside concrete offer a unique aesthetic that will continue to prove exceptionally popular for an on-trend industrial look.

'Metal framing is growing in popularity for kitchen trends,' say Life Kitchens (opens in new tab). 'An eye-catching design element, framing can be a great option for open shelving. With the metal finish carried through to features such as taps, and spindle island or table legs'.

23. Dining islands

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We all know that islands and breakfast bars can provide a spot for casual dining, as well as workspace and storage. However,Paul Jenkinson of LochAnna Kitchens sees this trend reaching a whole new level with dining islands.

'This is where the kitchen island features an extension island dining area, meaning you get the storage benefits of an island but also the addition of integrated dining,' he explains. 'Whenentertaining, we want to be able to integrate both cooking and socialising and what better way to do so than with built-in island seating.

'With our FORM collection we have introduced an industrial breakfast bar leg to help simplify the application, making it even easier to achieve your dream kitchen layout,' Jenkinson adds.

What colour kitchen cabinets never go out of style?

When considering colours for more permanent kitchen items, such as cabinets, worktops and wall paint, opt for neutral shades. Natural colour palettes never date because they are so versatile and timeless. This is also a great option for potential buyers if you ever sell your house in the future.

If you fancy a pop of colour using kitchen trends, but you don't fancy a permanent feature wall or bright pink set of cabinets, neutral walls, cupboards and work surfaces can acts as a blank canvas. Try adding bright accessories and artwork which can be removed or replaced when fashions or your mood changes. Alternatively, you may like a simple neutral palette left as it is.

Investing in any element of the kitchen can prove invaluable, for both while you live in your home but also when it comes to adding value for resale. Be inspired to make the right style choices for your home with a look at the latest kitchen ideas and designs.

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FAQs

What is the new look for kitchens in 2022? ›

Greens and blues will continue to dominate home design in 2022, and the kitchen is no exception. But according to the NKBA, white and wood tones will also be popular. Together, these hues are the foundation for today's popular organic style.

What is the kitchen trend for 2023? ›

The 2023 kitchen design trend will be large windows along the counter or extra-wide light pipes above the island or stove. Interior design benefits enormously from well-planned lighting. The right lighting can completely transform a space. In the kitchen, 2023 trends favor a minimalist, elegant aesthetic.

What color kitchen cabinets are trending for 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 color of cabinets are in style 2022? ›

White is still the most popular kitchen cabinet color in 2022 and beyond. However, we are seeing a shift towards warmer and more natural tones. We cover the best colors for cabinets from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams like Simply White, Dove White, and Chantilly Lace.

What kind of kitchen cabinets are in style 2022? ›

'Handleless kitchen cabinets are one of the biggest trends for 2022 for more pared-back, streamlined look. It's all about simplicity and a focus on cabinetry details,' explains Busola Evans, Kitchen and Bathroom Supplement Editor.

What is the most popular color for a kitchen? ›

According to kitchen design and painting experts, the most popular color for a kitchen is tied between navy blue and white. Home stagers and listing agents often suggest painting the kitchen a fresh white color to make the space look larger, cleaner and inviting.

What is the trend for backsplash in 2022? ›

Clean and straight lines and neutral color schemes which are the backbones of a modern style for kitchen backsplashes stand out in 2022 trends. You can use classic subway tiles in a stacked layout to give a more modernized vibe. Geometrical tiles like hexagons or triangles are also perfect to create a modern appeal!

What is the best color for kitchen walls? ›

When it comes to kitchens, white, gray, blue, red, yellow, and green really shine. Each of these shades can do something different for the room, but they all help create a warm and welcoming space. Warmer colors such as red are believed to stimulate the appetite and are an excellent option for kitchens.

Are white cabinets going out of style 2022? ›

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 the most popular color for a kitchen? ›

According to kitchen design and painting experts, the most popular color for a kitchen is tied between navy blue and white. Home stagers and listing agents often suggest painting the kitchen a fresh white color to make the space look larger, cleaner and inviting.

Are white kitchens out of style 2022? ›

White kitchens are here to stay…in 2022 and beyond.” The simple truth is, the best white kitchens never go out of style. They provide a clean, fresh, versatile background onto which you can infuse a variety of décor preferences.

What is the most popular appliance color for 2022? ›

Fast forward to today and you'll find that white appliances are making a comeback as more homeowners are choosing to incorporate the classic style into all sorts of aesthetics, ranging from modern farmhouse to contemporary. But stainless steel is still a very popular option, particularly in more contemporary kitchens.

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