Kitchen design has come a long way. What was once a room tucked away and hidden from other areas of the home has now become its heart and soul. The kitchen is the space that sparks creativity, sustains residential ergonomics and fuels day-to-day life. As an area that serves such vital household importance, it’s no wonder kitchens are constantly updated and refreshed.
With new and innovative design ideas on the horizon, there are plenty of looks to try out in your space in the coming year. However, before you dabble in the overwhelming amount of options, we’re taking a peek at the 5 leading kitchen trends of 2022 and inspiring images to help navigate this new season of style.
While matte black has been the “it” color for home accessories in years past, there’s a new aurous hue taking its place next year. Now that decorative hardware is available in a myriad of finishes, all kitchen fixtures are following suit with the availability of more choices. In 2022, the golden palette will be in high demand among interior stylists and homeowners.
This warm and inviting scheme establishes a relaxing atmosphere in the kitchen and casts an illuminating glow in rooms with ample amounts of natural light. With knobs, pulls and appliance pulls available in Brushed Bronze, Honey Bronze, Tuscan Bronze and more, we offer endless decorative pieces to bring this brilliant color range to your home.
So long to the days of ordinary cabinetry and the cluttered open shelving look. In its place are unique cabinet surfaces that offer high-impact and dramatic pause. From mesh fronts, glass panels and cane webbing, bespoke cabinetry is taking front and center in the kitchen. While these new cabinet door alternatives allow homeowners to showcase their dishware in style, they also bring an air of mystery and excitement leaving guests to ponder what’s on the other side.
To further up the ante of this bold new trend, designers are teaming these detailed cabinet faces with matching knobs and pulls that feature just as much charm, like our Amwell series or Crystal collection.
Closed Kitchen Concept
In the early 2010s, the open floorplan took precedence in the home, breaking down “barriers” and allowing household members to remain connected while utilizing different areas. But, 2020 and 2021 brought a shift in how we interact with our homes and each room began to take on its own purpose again. During the next year, the kitchen will return to its roots as a place where cooking becomes top priority and mealtime and friendly gatherings can take place without the interruptions of today’s technology.
Here we will see “walls” put back up in the form of swing doors, windowed partisans and small cutaways as a way to define the kitchen space yet maintain the flow of the home.
As the closed concept begins to take shape, one area of the kitchen that still calls for open communal use and multi-functionality is the island. The idea that the island has become a catchall will still reign true in 2022 and beyond, however, its designated usage will change at different moments of the day. To ease the transition between playtime, homework, office hours and meal prep, we suggest adding additional storage to the island.
Our favorite solution is installing a small bookshelf and decorative hooks from our Ryland collection at the end of the island. This space then becomes a drop zone where toys, backpacks, bags, school work and papers can be neatly stored without getting lost in the kitchen shuffle.
Pops of Color
We’re not completely moving away from neutrals quite yet, but adding a touch of vibrancy to the kitchen is the perfect way to bring personality and contrast into this central hub . Be it a section of cabinetry, backsplash, piece of furniture or block of paint, we’re all about infusing electric energy into the heart of the home this year.
Our best advice for exploring your chromatic comfort zone is, begin small with muted hues that fit your kitchen’s aesthetic. Then, graduate to more adventurous hues when the time is right. Rich greens, heavy blues and striking yellows are sure to be a hit next year.