2022 Kitchen Design Trends: Color, Style, and Technology

New kitchen design trends emerge in cabinet styles and technology features

Blue and white kitchen cabinets with undermount sink and a window after renovation

(Above) One of the 2022 kitchen design trends are blue cabinets. Kitchen renovation by Sweeten homeowners Brandi + Chris.

White is on the out and bold colors with wooden features are in.

That’s one of the findings from the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s latest report for 2022. The annual report surveyed more than 700 industry professionals, including designers, architects, contractors, and showroom managers. Their findings provided a snapshot of the trends homeowners are incorporating into kitchens.

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Kitchen design trend: Wood grain cabinets

The large number of millennials buying homes is influencing a shift to a more organic feel. White dominated kitchen design in recent years. Now, earthy tones that show off the natural grain of wood are the focus. Homeowners are opting for cabinets or benchtops in light-grain wood, which brings warmth to a design. 

These designs can be found as stock items at larger retailers. Custom cabinets can also be designed for perfect fit and function. Experienced general contractors or design-build firms typically have millworkers they resource to create the kitchen to your specifications.

Galley kitchen leading out to dining area

(Above) Sweeten homeowner Dan installed wood tone cabinets 

Kitchen colors for 2022

Renovators are blending brave color choices with the wood tones. And green and blue are topping the list of emerging kitchen colors. These colors are appearing on backsplashes, cabinets, and wall paint as well as artwork. 

Often brushed gold hardware is the accent of choice adding an even cozier feel to new kitchens. 

The kitchen designs in demand for the years to come will be organic and natural looks along with the clean lines and symmetry of contemporary design. Transitional style, a mix of traditional and contemporary design, will be another popular look.

painted green cabinets with gold hardware

(Above) Sweeten kitchen renovation with emerald green cabinets; designed by White Arrow

Kitchen technology trends

As homeowners pull inspiration from nature in their kitchen’s appearance, they are utilizing technology in how their kitchen operates. A third of kitchen designs include elements like voice-controlled lighting or appliances operated through a phone or tablet app. 

A quarter of new kitchens feature touchless, motion sensor faucets. Our reliance on technology is also impacting kitchen design with our devices getting their own areas for charging and use.

When you’re ready to get started on your kitchen or home remodel, work with a Sweeten contractor and discuss how these trends can be incorporated into your vision.

A note on fixture and appliance deliveries: If you’re on a tight timeline, Appliances Connection has over 50,000 items in stock and ready to ship nationally. If you’re in the NY/NJ metro area, in-stock items typically deliver within 2-3 days.

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