kitchen trends 2022: bright colours like coral and chartreuse are on trend

12 inspiring kitchen trends for 2022

From touch-free taps to clashing colours, update your scheme with the latest design ideas

By Paula Woods | 17 February 2022

Sustainability and functionality are at the heart of the biggest kitchen design trends of 2022, with seamless surfaces, coffee-making stations and walk-in pantries keeping busy spaces smart and stylish. Plus, smart tech meets heritage pieces and colour clashing makes a comeback…

1. Clutter-free minimalism

Wall-to-wall cabinets with pocket and handleless doors team up with seamless solid surface worksurfaces to create a scheme where almost all the functional elements are concealed. It’s a good option for maintaining a calm, clutter-free area in a dual-purpose living space. Picture below: Full height slab units with two pocket folding doors and an island in book-matched oak veneer, plus built-in hob and sink, by Sola Kitchens.

kitchen trends: handleless minimalism

Photo: Sola Kitchens

2. Breakfast station

A cupboard for small appliances, such as the kettle, coffee machine and toaster, along with breakfast foods, reduces worksurface clutter and the time spent gathering together the things you need. Pictured below: Alderley kitchen in Bone from Kitchen Makers.

kitchen trends: breakfast station with coffee making machine and storage

Photo: Kitchen Makers

3. Prep recess

Not all kitchen trends are practical and stylish, but the prep recess is. Frame the sink and/or food preparation area by creating an inset space between base, tall and overhead cabinets. Using stain-and-water resistant surfaces that contrast with the units in colour and texture is both eye-catching and practical. Pictured below: Kitchen in Grafite Aluminium with Statuario marble splashback, Corian worksurface and trims, plus island in Nero Oak Veneer, by DesignSpace London.

kitchen trends: prep recess with marble inner and black timber cabinets

Photo: DesignSpace London

4. Walk-in larder

The benefits of a walk-in pantry or big larder cupboard has led to a resurgence in demand. It is a storage saviour, particularly if you want to go without wall cabinets or free up floor space. Convert a built-in cupboard or invest in a tall freestanding design. Pictured below: Crittal-style pantry in powder coated black with Rimadesio shelving and hanging rail in bronze aluminium finish, by Kitchen Architecture.

kitchen trends: walk-in larder pantry with Crittall-style glass doors

Photo: Kitchen Architecture

5. Glass works

The role of glazing as a design element as well as a practical feature is evident in many new kitchen extensions. Made possible by advances in manufacturing technology, glass panels and doors can appear to be completely frameless. Pictured below: Urbo and Metro matt lacquer kitchen in Lamp Black by Little Greene with Antique Brass detail and polished Marengo quartz worksurface, by Roundhouse.

atrium-style glazing connects old and new in a contemporary extension

Photo: Roundhouse

6. Textured finish

Bring light and shade to the sophisticated appeal of dark cabinets with slatted timber cladding on doors and cabinet fronts. Or get a similar effect on the walls with ribbed tile designs, such as Flute by Topps Tiles. Pictured below: Bespoke kitchen with island clad in black-stained oak slats, including Arabescato Corchia marble splashback and worksurfaces, by Blakes London.

dark kitchen cabinets and island with slatted timber cladding

Photo: Blakes London

7. A new nostalgia

For those less keen on contemporary kitchen trends, several manufacturers have launched fitted kitchens with the nostalgic appeal of a freestanding look. Complete your scheme with period-style fixtures such as a Belfast sink and retro fridge – or choose integrated appliances. Pictured below: Gallery Lines butler sink from Shaws of Darwen. For similar furniture, try Haberdasher’s Kitchen from DeVol.