Of all the rooms in your home, few receive more traffic than your kitchen. Let’s do the math: assuming you’re home to eat an average of two meals a day; that in itself is 10 meals a week. Multiply that times 2.5 people in the household, times 50 weeks per year, and that’s 1,250 trips to your kitchen in just a single year—not even factoring in holidays, visitors, or larger families.
Kitchens truly are the heart of the home, and with how much time we spend in them, it’s easy to see why they are one of the most frequently prioritized rooms for renovation. Here are five kitchen trends we’re loving.
Light and durable flooring
Light is in, and light-colored floors are a great way to brighten up a space and can even make a room feel larger. Hardwood floors remain timeless, but LVP (luxury vinyl plank) is quickly becoming a favorite throughout the D.C. metro and nation due to its ease of installation, affordability, and durability. Pair the two together with a light-colored LVP to bring nature in and create an airy feel to your kitchen.
The popularity of the white-on-white kitchen started fading over the past year, and that’s a trend likely to continue. Wood-toned cabinets have surged in popularity, following the trend of inviting nature into kitchen spaces. Another trend we love is duo-toned cabinets that offset a designation portion of cabinets with a secondary color. It could be white cabinets paired with a wood-toned island, wood main cabinets with a color-pop island, or even upper cabinets set in a different finish than the lower one. Mixing cabinet colors and materials is a great way to bring visual interest into your kitchen.
Pops of color
Did we mention white-on-white is fading? (That doesn’t mean white cabinets are going out of style.) Pops of color—particularly green, which many paint companies have already announced in varying shades as their 2022 color of the year—are making their way into kitchens and we are here for it.
Glazed tile backsplashes are predicted to be a growing trend for 2022 and are a great way of giving your kitchen a color pop. Painted cabinetry is another way to go, be it in a bold color like aqua, a peaceful sea blue, or the ever-popular greige. If you’re on a budget, painting an island or even just a wall can add a lot to your space with little cost.
We’re also seeing darker-colored surfaces make their way onto islands, replacing the long-en-vogue white.
Whether in cabinetry, backsplashes, or countertops, it’s safe to say you can’t go wrong by switching up to a bit of color.
Storage is always in high demand—especially in a kitchen—but the pandemic brought about new ways to maximize it. We’ll continue to see pull-out shelving, tucked-in nooks, and hidden shelving emerge in new ways, particularly to maximize efficiency in even the coziest of kitchens.
In a similar light, while open kitchens and spaces are still preferred, we’ve begun to see an emergence of hinged and “invisible” doors to close off the noise when needed while maintaining the larger feeling of an open concept floorplan affords.
As we look ahead at kitchen trends we love, it’s safe to say making your space smarter, more efficient, and a bit more colorful are safe ways to update your space.