2022 Kitchen Trends: Kitchen Islands and Pantries

Kitchens rise to the level of “living area” thanks to multi-use design features

Walk-in kitchen pantry from behind a marble topped kitchen island

It’s been said many times: the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is kitchen islands and pantries, though, that keep it functioning and organized.

This truism is translating into larger, more involved kitchen renovations, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 2022 report. The annual report surveyed more than 700 designers, architects, contractors, and showroom managers for insight on what homeowners want in today’s kitchens. 

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Bigger kitchens today

About 40 percent of those surveyed said kitchen renovation projects are increasing in size. The growth is significant with almost half of projects expanding a kitchen’s footprint by 25 to 49 percent. 

A similar percentage of projects increased kitchen size by a quarter or less. Only one percent of renovators shrunk the size of their kitchens. 

Kitchen islands on multi-duty

The use of the kitchen pantry and island continues to evolve. 

Islands are increasingly the center of kitchen layouts thanks to their multiple uses. Over 60 percent of homeowners use kitchen islands to eat meals. 

Similarly, the same amount of homeowners use islands for meal preparation. This allows for more counter space along with greater interaction between the cook and guests as food is prepared. 

The kitchen island has become another place for remote work and learning. Just under 60 percent of homeowners use islands for these purposes. If you’re ready to renovate, find the right contractor at Sweeten to see how a kitchen island can work in your space.

Pantries—more than food storage

Not only are small appliances often stored in pantries, but 67 percent of homeowners use the space to operate those appliances. As a result, this contains any mess and keeps the jumble of cords and power outlets out of sight.  

A similar percentage of kitchens utilize pantries as coffee centers. Like mini cafe counters, coffee appliances, utensils, and ingredients are within easy reach. A smaller number of homeowners use pantries to store cookware, operate microwaves, and for food prep. 

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