Whether you live in a small apartment rental or you own your own home, chances are you've thought about upgrading your kitchen. It's where you prepare all your meals, entertain friends and family and, these days, maybe it's even where you set up a temporary office while working from home. But before you start making any kitchen renovation plans for 2022, it's worth considering the top kitchen decorating ideas trending now. Good Housekeeping spoke to 10 design pros and asked them to share the color palettes, backsplash ideas, appliances and overall design trends they think we'll be seeing in kitchens everywhere this year.
"We have seen a variety of jewel-tone greens come to life in kitchens this past year. But in 2022, we will pivot to those mid-tone greens that play so well with neutrals. The delicateness of muted green shades create such an open and airy feel within the kitchen that is subtle in tone, but robust in appeal." — Marie Cloud, Indigo Pruitt
"A vintage farm table is a great way to add an island to your kitchen without a major renovation. Also, vintage pieces, because of their unique sizes, can also work in kitchens that don’t have enough space for a full-size island. The other nice thing about a vintage piece of furniture is that it adds an unexpected layer of visual interest and becomes a conversation piece. In contrast to a traditional built-in island, it won’t feel as visually 'heavy' while still adding extra space for prep and seating." — Amy Sklar, Sklar Design
"We will be seeing more and more of this beautiful stone and its look-alike around homes, from thicker countertops and wall-mounted vanities, to accent walls, as well as outdoors." — Malka Helft, Think Chic Interiors
"Homeowners are finally ready to splurge on the big-ticket appliances that they have been dreaming about for years, but when it comes to choosing these appliances, customization and flexible design options will be key in 2022. From colored appliances to custom paneling that allows you to seamlessly integrate your appliances into your cabinetry, like Sub-Zero Designer Series Refrigeration, these customizable offerings will rise in popularity." — Jeff Andrews, Jeff Andrews Design
"Expect interesting backsplashes that have texture and dimension. Subway tiles are classic, but people now want more unique tiles that express them and provide a variation to the usual." — Georgia Zikas, Georgia Zikas Design
"The kitchen will feel more like an extension of the living room, rather than just a separate space or room. Embracing the curves within a round table, curved corners of cabinets or round pendants, it will blend with the home and be an extension of your personality." — Michelle Harrison-McAllister, Michelle Harrison Design
"The unification of the kitchen countertop and backsplash is a trend we’ll see more of over the next year. The eye needs a place to rest and not every surface requires a different finish or color to be interesting or compete for the attention. Using the same countertop material for a kitchen backsplash creates a cohesive and clean look, with opportunities for big impact! It can add a touch of modern sophistication to any style kitchen you may have." — Joshua Smith, Joshua Smith, Inc.
"For kitchens, we will see an incorporation of technology and bold colors." — Lauren Lerner, Living with LOLO
"Green marble is poised to be a top trend. We are seeing more and more of this. I had a client who wanted to go with verde marble last year for her new kitchen, and we had to go to the back corner of the fabricators' warehouse to find a slab." — Mark Lavender, M. Lavender Interiors
"Lots of people are leaning towards the kind of vibrant, energizing and exciting hues that were popular in the '50s — a time when mass production and personalization really made custom interiors accessible to the wider public. People were embracing their individuality because they had the tools to do so. I expect a return to the bright, candy-colored, retro shades which defined this period." — Annie Sloan