Choosing the right décor for your kitchen isn't easy, so we've created this guide to the top kitchen design trends for 2022. Whether you want to add some new taps or completely revamp the style of your kitchen, you're sure to find something to inspire you.
Stand Out Taps
One of the biggest trends we expect to see in 2022 is the increasing popularity of statement tap finishes. Every year we see a bigger variety of vibrant tap finishes being released, which are perfect for anyone who wants to create a kitchen that stands out from the crowd.
When we think about statement finishes, gold is the first that comes to mind. Gold kitchen taps are vibrant and will add a touch of elegance to your kitchen.
White kitchen taps can also look stunning when paired with a black sink. They are becoming slightly more mainstream, but black taps are still an easy way to move away from standard chrome and stainless steel finishes.
The minimalist kitchen trend has been around for a while, but invisible kitchens take this one step further, with the aim to conceal most of your kitchenware as possible and create a sharp, ‘barely there’ finish. People no longer want to fill their kitchens with clutter and accessories, but strip it back to the essentials and have cupboards that blend into the walls behind them.
This trend is similar to ‘slow decor’ which finds ground in slowing down your aesthetic back to basics, which creates a calming and fresh finish.
Kitchens that bring together natural woods, vibrant plants and neutral colour palettes are all the rage for 2022. Colours such as beige, cashmere and sage green are popular for natural kitchens, and are great options for incorporating Biophilic design, which focuses on human connectivity to the natural environment. Natural light is also key to creating a welcoming, vibrant kitchen and a common feature of Biophilic design.
It has been proven that house plants boost your mood and improve the quality of the air in your home, so they are a vital accessory for any kitchen. If you want some help choosing your plants, take a look at our guide to the most popular house plants in the UK.
Multi Functional Spaces
Plenty of people are still working from home so it’s essential that kitchens continue to adapt to become multi functional spaces - making way for laptops and monitors, workout equipment and even creating spaces for craft making!
Kitchens will continue to require extra worktop space for home workers who may not have a home office.
The types of products we have in our kitchens have also changed since the pandemic. For example, Google searches for coffee machines have increased, specifically peaking in the Winter, as many people try to achieve that coffee shop experience at home.
Open and floating shelves are great kitchen storage ideas for 2022 as they provide a place for your kitchen essentials whilst also offering a slice of style. Placing a few hero items such as utensils, jars and plants on floating shelves create a minimalist aesthetic and show off your kitchenware without creating clutter. To get this right, try placing around 3 items on each shelf to avoid it looking too busy and unappealing.
Living Room Furniture In Kitchens
As we move towards more open plan living, we're increasingly seeing furniture from other areas of the home moving into the kitchen. This is a trend that's resulting in kitchens perfect for socialising and relaxing, rather than just cooking and eating.
Whether it's a large sofa or beautiful coffee table, this design style helps create welcoming kitchen spaces perfect for entertaining.
Kitchen Towel Rails
Traditionally found in bathrooms, more and more people are choosing to install a heated towel rail in their kitchen. Much better than hanging tea towels on oven doors or hooks, a heated towel rail will help keep your kitchen towels dry and fresh for longer.
We've seen dark blue furnishings increase in popularity in bathrooms, and this is another trend that's moving across to kitchens. Dark blue or navy kitchen cupboards give a modern look but also add a subtle touch of colour that's often missing from white or grey kitchens. It's also a colour which will complement other popular kitchen finishes including black, white and rose gold.
Moving away from fitted lighting in favour of hanging lights from bare wires can add a touch of rustic charm to your kitchen. It's also a versatile design choice, allowing you to select ornate lampshades for a traditional kitchen, or large metal lampshades if you're going for the industrial look.
Despite the fact their style has been around for centuries, the butler sink is still increasing in popularity. Their stunning minimalist lines still look great in a modern home and their large capacity gives you a lot of space to work.
Although we love the traditional white finish, you'll increasingly find butler sinks in more modern finishes including copper, granite and black.
Butler & Rose Ceramic Fireclay Belfast Traditional Kitchen Sink with Basket Strainer Waste - 595 x 455mm
Rangemaster Farmhouse Belfast 1 Bowl Fireclay Anthracite Ceramic Kitchen Sink & Waste Kit - 595 x 455mm
Boiling Water Taps
A boiling water tap is the must have accessory for every kitchen in 2021. These taps give the convenience of instant boiling water within the same package as your regular tap. This means no more kettle cluttering up your beautiful kitchen workspaces. If you want to learn more about why you should install a boiling water tap, take a look at our comprehensive guide.
Vellamo Mokka Filtered Cold & Instant Boiling Water Tap with WRAS-Approved Boiler & Filter - Brushed Steel
We've spoken about hanging utensils in our Country Kitchen and Industrial Kitchen Ideas articles, and it's something you should consider for your kitchen in 2021. Giving your home the look of a professional kitchen, it's ideal for both modern and traditional homes.
Green Kitchen Cabinets
As we move into the new year, green is a colour which will become increasingly prominent in kitchen design. Green brings a warmer, more organic look than other dark finishes and will look great when coupled with black taps and sinks.
Although it's unlikely you'll want to install a completely green kitchen, when used with neutral walls and wooden floors, it will give your home a chic, modern look.
Similar to the increase in popularity of rose gold, matt finishes have moved from niche to mainstream and their popularity is only going to increase. Matt taps offer a subtle, non glossy finish which is perfect for modern homes. Although black is a popular matt finish, 2022 is the year matt white finishes will really take off.
If dark green or blue aren't your thing, then look to add some pops of bright colours to your kitchen in 2022. Whether it's a vibrant splashback, bright accessories or wall art, this is the year of contrasting the more popular darker tones with bright colours.
Stand Out Floors
As you can probably tell, 2022 is the year of creating a kitchen that stands out from the crowd. If you don't want to do this with your fixtures and cabinets, why not add a patterned floor? Whether it's bringing back the classic checkerboard or restoring some vibrant vintage tiles, it's a great opportunity to create a feature you won't find in any other home.
One word of warning, if you want to add a vibrant floor, it's a good idea to keep the patterns in the rest of your kitchen to a minimum. Mixing a patterned floor with vibrant wallpapers will likely be too much for your eyes to take in.
That concludes our roundup of the top 2022 kitchen trends! If you want some more ideas and inspiration, take a look at our Country Kitchen, Industrial Kitchen, Scandinavian Kitchen and Rose Gold Kitchen Ideas guides.