Written by Hugh Metcalf

Top 10 kitchen design trends for 2022

Futureproof your home renovation with the latest kitchen trends. From colour and layout to tiles and lighting, every detail of your kitchen design matters in this busy space. Even classic designs are susceptible to trends, with Shaker styles getting a modern makeover and terracotta tiles making a comeback. Take a look at Good Homes’ top predictions for 2022…

1. Modern neutrals

Neutral kitchens have always been a safe bet and favoured by those looking for a traditional style, but now they’ve been given a modern edge with clean lines, plenty of textural variation and black accents for a graphic twist. Pictured below: Hunton Edge kitchen in Porcelain with backplate in Carbon and Dekton gloss worksurface in Targa, from £12,000, Second Nature.

modern kitchen in neutral shades

Photo: Second Nature

2. Textured finish

Reeded surfaces are one of the top kitchen trends for 2022. Ribbed cabinetry, grainy finishes and fluted glass add instant textural interest. It creates a pretty contrast against flat cabinet fronts and sleek matt worktops. Pictured below: Nordic Nature kitchen showing Nordic Oak and Nordic Oak Wave cabinetry in oak-effect finish and Vitrine Black Wave in metal and glass, from £5,388, Magnet.

kitchen trends: dark wood cabinets with textured finish

Photo: Magnet

3. Accent colours

Countertop breakfast cupboards and home bars have become a top wish-list item since the pandemic – inject a pop of contrasting colour like this zingy orange to give your design the edge. Pictured below: The Arbor kitchen in Valspar’s Keep The Peace, Farrow & Ball’s, Parva Grey and Dutch Orange, from £25,000, Harvey Jones.

cabinet painted dark with gold inner accent colour

Photo: Harvey Jones

4. Recycled materials

If you’re looking for a more eco-conscious kitchen that seamlessly fits into a modern property, the Renzo collection is made from 100% recycled raw materials. It comes in five finishes, including charred Japanese wood, providing greater durability, water resistance and design appeal. Pictured below: Renzo kitchen in Charred Japanese Wood and Mayfair island unit in Hunter Green, from £10,000, Daval Furniture.

recycled kitchen cabinets in a modern muted palette

Photo: Daval Furniture

5. Maximalist lighting

Maximalist light fittings are hot right now – showstopping multi-arm designs and glitzy Holophane pendants add a bit of pizazz above an island or dining table for a statement look. With technology progressing in downdraft extraction, feature lighting can now be hung directly above a cooker top, allowing for more stylish open-plan spaces. Pictured below: Customised bubble chandelier by Dowsing & Reynolds in a kitchen design by Callerton Kitchens.

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statement light in a kitchen: bubble chandeliers callerton kitchens

Photo: Callerton Kitchens

6. Classic tiles

Classic surface finishes are making a comeback – rustic terracotta tiles are hot right now, but laid in a herringbone style for a modern twist, while artisan zellige tiles are a popular choice for splashbacks, adding textural interest. Pictured below: Marlborough Terracotta parquet tiles, £48 per sqm, Ca’Pietra.

terracotta floor tiles laid in herringbone pattern

Photo: Ca’Pietra

7. Broken plan

Since the pandemic, there’s been a real demand for broken-plan spaces over open-plan. Here, the kitchen is connected to the living space and a home office via Crittall-style partitions and sliding doors but with the ability to close them off when needed. Running the Shaker cabinetry beyond the kitchen creates a sense of continuity. Picture below: Shaker kitchen in Roman Leaf and Matt White, £6,562, Wren Kitchens.

broken-plan kitchen, home office and living room with green shaker-style units

Photo: Wren Kitchens

8. Dark hues

Give your Shaker cabinetry an update with the latest inky blues, deep greens and smokey grey hues for a striking new look. To give it the edge, choose fittings, finishes and appliances in equally dark tones, or paint the walls the same colour as the units to add drama. Pictured below: Shaker kitchen in Blue, from £10,000, Olive & Barr.

shaker-style cabinets painted in inky blue

Photo: Olive & Barr

9. Play with pattern

Handleless kitchens have been given a glamorous twist of late, with metallic trim detailing and even patterned finishes like this digitally printed Art Deco door front. Other designs in the range include a limited-edition floral print by Christian Lacroix, jungle leaves and hand-drawn stripes. Pictured below: The Soft Eolis collection in Navy, from £10,000, Schmidt.

handleless kitchen with metallic trim detailing, gold and navy blue

Photo: Schmidt

10. Mix and match

If you like the minimalist look but don’t want it to feel too clinical, pair matt-finished cabinetry with timber fronts to add warmth and subtle texture to the design. Opting for a lighter shade or an alternative colour on wall cupboards will keep your kitchen feeling bright, while a darker hue on base units will ground the design. Pictured below: Rimano units in Mint & Grey Aqua, from £346 for a 600mm base unit, Crown Imperial.

kitchen trends: mix and match cabinets in green and grey

Photo: Crown Imperial