Whether you’re working on a remodel or doing some light redecorating this spring season, a fresh coat of paint in the perfect hue can do a lot of heavy lifting. But there are other design elements to consider, too—new cabinetry or hardware, a few statement pieces or a backsplash redo can give a space new life. Here are six emerging kitchen trends to consider in 2022.
White Oak & Light Wood Cabinetry
If you follow home decor trends at all, you’ve probably seen dark and bold cabinetry at the forefront—rich navy and deep emerald colors have practically taken over. While green-toned cabinets are here to stay, we will start to see more kitchen cabinetry in medium green hues and “greige” (gray-beige).
We’ll also start to see a move away from all-white kitchen cabinets into white oak and light wood cabinetry, which incorporate natural elements while making a space look light and lifted.
Cabinets with Mesh or Glass Doors
Speaking of cabinetry, glass and mesh are becoming a trend alongside exposed shelving. Reeded glass in opaque and translucent varieties provides a hazy, luxurious feel—and also a bit of privacy. Mesh inserts in rattan and metal varieties are popular, too. Mesh provides additional texture and architectural detail to cabinets. Additionally, current cabinetry trends will be displayed in floor-to-ceiling cabinets.
Brass and gold details have been on the kitchen decor scene for a minute now, and they’re not going anywhere. Hammered brass light fixtures, brass shelving and unique brass hardware are timeless, and their elegance will endure. If you’re having trouble deciding on metal for your kitchen, mixing in brass elements is a safe move. Brass will always be on-trend.
Incorporating a few statement pieces can be a quick and easy way to uplift a room. Live edge and walnut cutting boards, rustic stone bowls, colored glassware and marble serving trays and salt wells are a few ways to add natural elements to a kitchen. Green plants, stone or brick also help to bring the outdoors in, making a space feel lively and warm.
Subway Tiles with a Twist
Like brass, subway tiles have been in fashion for over a century. Now, we are starting to see them with new twists—distressed, marble and colored subway tiles are all emerging. And it’s not just about how the tiles look but also how they’re laid. Vertically laid tiles and tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern are appearing in many modern kitchens.
Natural Stone Flooring
When it comes to flooring, natural wins again. We’ll see more large flooring in kitchens this year—specifically, large stone flooring. Limestone, large format porcelain and flagstone tiles provide a classic, simple and often industrial-rustic look that pairs well with most other elements.