In 2022, white kitchen cabinets and stainless steel appliances are still the go-to choices, and it’s not surprising. But some trends reflect radical shifts in how we use our kitchens—including the decline of open-concept kitchens. Renovating amid the pandemic, homeowners set their sights on spacious kitchen islands for work-from-home and plenty of cabinet organizers to help them contain the clutter. Here are some of the top kitchen remodeling trends of 2022.
Top Kitchen Trends 2022
Here are some kitchen design trends to look forward to in 2022.
Upgrading a kitchen countertop is now not enough in kitchen remodels. Of homeowners who consider updating the counters in South Florida, USA— 34 percent reported they “splurged” on their countertop choice or spent more than they originally planned.
At 42 percent, engineered quartz is still the top material for kitchen counters, but it fell nine points from 51 percent in 2021. Quartzite usage also increased, showing people falling in love with this natural stone. The same trend will be seen in 2022.
Kitchen Islands Are Getting Longer
Along with utility, kitchen islands have been the central element of esthetics in a kitchen for decades; in fact, every two out of five kitchen islands are more than 7 feet long (whoa!) in South Florida. Interesting facts found that 18% of people working from home worked from their kitchen island in the pandemic. In addition to cooking and baking, the extra space on a long kitchen island encourages people to utilize it for their official work. The area below the counter is being used for extra storage, with 82 percent adding door cabinets.
By 2021, Shaker-style kitchen cabinets have drastically increased in popularity from 55 to 63 percent. In 2022, home remodelers opt for this mainstay of transitional home decor style. The second-most popular style, flat-panel cabinets, trails way behind with 16 percent.
Open-Layout Kitchens Lose Ground
Many home decor experts warned that open concept floor layouts have fallen out of favor since the epidemic. Work-from-home and remote schooling has made many families desire an extra wall or door, and a little more solitude, in the last two years. According to the study’s findings, only 38 percent of homeowners will open up their kitchens to other rooms in 2021, compared to 46 percent in 2020.
Specialty Organizing Cabinets Are on the Rise
As homeowners seek personalized solutions to kitchen clutter, specialty cabinet and drawer organizers are becoming increasingly popular in almost every category. Cabinets with cookie trays and drawers with pull-out rubbish or recycling bins took first and second place, respectively.
Appliances Go High-Tech
More than a third of homeowners said they bought new kitchen equipment with high-tech capabilities, with wifi and smartphone controls. You can now manage the oven temperature and cooking time from your phone without getting up from your couch. Alternatively, the next time you’re at the grocery store and can’t remember if you need milk, use an app to look inside your fridge.