The last few years have been chaotic as we’ve adjusted to “new norms”. Most of us have spent a lot of time at home, and many of us now recognize the importance of calm and functional spaces. It’s not surprising that these serene and clean influences have spilled into 2022 kitchen designs.
Janine Severyns, head designer at Kane Home Cabinetry and Design, has compiled a list of five trends she expects to influence kitchen design for the next several years.
1. Introducing Organic Modern
Organic Modern is growing in popularity. Defined by minimalism, it blurs the line between man-made and natural environments. Look for a mix of modern lines and crisp white surfaces contrasted with natural forms and organic textures like wood, bamboo, and stone that combine to create a clean yet comforting green design.
How to incorporate an Organic Modern feel in your kitchen
- Open your floor plan to create a welcoming space
- Use natural materials and neutral colors to bring the outside feel inside
- Embrace clean lines and natural textures without adding unnecessary accessories
- Feature minimalist forms like understated straight lines and simple curves
2. The New Neutral
If there’s one kitchen design that’s defined the past several years, it’s the all-white kitchen. Although white is timeless, this year brings new trends and a new color…black. We started to see navy blue cabinets a few years ago, which evolved into a variety of dark moody colors that add depth while highlighting other features. Have a small room? Matte black works well in small spaces. Styled with lighter countertops and bold, bright finishes, darker cabinetry won’t seem as dark. If you want your kitchen to appear bold and cutting edge, choosing dark cabinetry will surely do the job!
3. Stainless Steel Isn’t Your Only Option
For years, stainless steel kitchen appliances have been a design mainstay. Today, new finishes are taking off, with white leading the pack. White appliances work well with most kitchen designs regardless of the color or finish of your cabinets, floor, counters, walls, or other appliances. And, like black, white is a neutral color that goes with just about everything. The new generation fridge isn’t the white plastic wrapped unit from your college days. Today’s appliances come in beautiful shades of white with stunning stainless-steel handles and accents, which coordinates perfectly if you’re transitioning from stainless.
Plus, white appliances are easy to clean, won’t show fingerprints, and reflect light, making smaller kitchens seem spacious.
4. Clean up Countertop Clutter
For most of us, kitchens are the center of our home and a hub for electronic cords and clutter. In 2022, designing a work area no longer requires a kitchen desk! Companies like Docking Drawer can help you organize in-drawer outlets that provide a designated place to charge and store devices out of sight. Not to mention, neatly charging your equipment inside a kitchen drawer allows you to make better use of your countertop space by eliminating clutter.
5. Let Your Range Hood Make a Statement
Range hoods are an essential piece of equipment to ventilate your stovetop. Since they use a lot of real estate, it’s not surprising that creative designers often consider the hood a design element. Instead of only serving as a functional piece, a designer can blend, minimize, or make the hood a focal point of your kitchen. By using unique metals or decorative wood, an attractive hood can add style to your kitchen.
What’s in Stock?
Although inventory isn’t a trend, it is something to consider when renovating your kitchen. The pandemic has caused product and employee shortages for many companies. The standard wait time for cabinets, appliances, and furniture is generally about 4 weeks. Unfortunately, as we enter 2022, it’s taking anywhere from 10 to 12 weeks to receive orders.
The good news is there are plenty of great choices! Remember to be proactive and ask about availability before getting too attached to a piece.
Now that you’re familiar with 2022 kitchen trends, you can incorporate what works for you and your family into your home. Renovating your kitchen can bring new life to the room, improve functionality, and is guaranteed to draw lots of compliments!
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A qualified kitchen designer can help you incorporate eye-stopping focal points, trends that keep your space current, and a timeless style. If you’re considering updating your kitchen our designers can make your dream kitchen a reality.
Kane Home Cabinetry is a premier kitchen and bath design boutique with a showroom located in the heart of St. Charles, Illinois. We design and install custom kitchens, baths, and work areas that are as functional as they are beautiful.