The kitchen has become the center of the home, a practical and functional space where you can work every day, but also where you can meet and enjoy your leisure time. It has been a major transformation and, therefore, it is not surprising that the most current trends for this part of the house reflect this evolution.
Thus, in 2022 the elegant and sophisticated kitchen furniture is taken, which could almost be confused with the living room. Dark colors, natural materials or simple lines are some of the common points shared by contemporary kitchens. In addition, homes with character are sought, according to the needs, tastes and concerns of their owners. In this sense, the predominance of custom-made kitchens stands out, which make better use of space and in which both the interior and exterior are custom designed.
Discover the latest kitchen trends 2022 and get inspired to reform yours.
- Open kitchens: a trend that does not go out of style
- Custom kitchens. More customization options
- Modern and sophisticated wooden kitchens
- Kitchens with natural stone: texture and beauty
- Dark kitchens: an upward trend with numerous advantages
- Handleless kitchens adapt to any environment
- Taking advantage of the space in the kitchen becomes essential
- Paying more attention to interiors is a trend
- Showcase kitchens are back
- Kitchens with hidden hood are a trend
Although at first many users had reservations about kitchens open to the living room and dining room, the truth is that this trend has only become popular in recent years. After all, if the kitchen is now a multifunctional space, where you can live with your family, it makes sense to unite it with the rest of the house to enjoy a great day area : open, comfortable, bright, versatile and welcoming.
It is clear that this trend is related to many others that we will see below, since open spaces require a more discreet type of furniture, with integrated appliances, hidden handles, and simple and elegant shapes. That is, a type of furniture that blends in with the architecture of the house.
For those who still do not see it clearly, another option on the rise is to incorporate sliding glass doors, which allow to maintain the visual connection and the access of light, but facilitate the isolation of the work area when it is considered necessary.
Custom kitchens. More customization options
Beyond the fashionable colors, or the trends that we are seeing here, what the user is looking for is that his kitchen is an extension of his personality. In short, what is being carried now are personalized kitchens with custom kitchen furniture that are adapted to the needs and preferences of each family.
In this regard, the 2019 Collection by ekitchentrends, in which it is possible to combine multiple finishes for bodies, sides, shelves, backs, countertops and fronts of furniture and drawers. In this way, the combination possibilities become almost endless, creating unique and singular kitchens.
The same happens with interiors, in which it is possible to integrate various accessories depending on the use that each user is going to give their kitchen.
Modern and sophisticated wooden kitchens
After a few years in which wood seemed to be losing ground in the kitchen world, it has made a comeback. Thus, the comfort and solidity of this sustainable material are valued, which, however, is not limited to rustic-style environments, far from it. And that, despite the fact that the trend is to opt for darker tones, such as oak or walnut, which add a lot of presence to any room.
The beauty of the grain and the warmth of the natural finish contribute to bringing a modern and welcoming touch to the kitchen, avoiding the impersonal coldness with which this part of the house was sometimes associated.
Wood is not the only natural material that is back to the fore, natural stones such as granite, quartz or marble regain prominence in the kitchen. Thus, they contribute to creating sculptural pieces, delicate and full of character, in which the beauty of the grain of natural stones is combined with a texture full of charm.
Although it is perhaps in the countertops where we are more used to resorting to these materials, since there the aesthetic factor is combined with high technical performance, it is not the only option. This year we will also see them in floors, wall panels and even in the kitchen furniture themselves, either in natural or in synthetic reproductions that imitate not only the visual aspect, but also the honed touch of the stones.
The black kitchens and gray kitchens dark allure for many reasons: they provide a distinguished atmosphere, combined with any color and, contrary to what it may seem, can be very bright in contrast, in airy rooms and plenty of natural light.
Of course, it is not a trend suitable for any room (it is better not to raise it when the kitchen is small or has little light), but in large spaces dark furniture contributes to creating very interesting contrasts, giving visual strength and character to the home.
Furniture in black, or dark gray, is usually combined with brighter colors such as white, or light woods, but they can also be very well mixed with each other, in a minimalist aesthetic and at the same time, timeless.
Modern spaces are simplified, giving priority to light, harmonic furniture, which forms cohesive blocks, where no detail attracts attention above the others. In this search for pure and simple forms, dispensing with handles allows us to opt for completely smooth fronts, very sober, which are naturally integrated into the interior design of the home.
That is why in the most current kitchens the opening of the drawers is usually automated, a functional option that is also very aesthetic.
Considering that the average surface of the houses has been progressively reducing, making good use of the space in the kitchen rather than a trend is almost an obligation. Especially if we take into account that space needs have not been limited, but rather the opposite.
In this context, furniture brands such as Santos have reacted with new solutions to obtain the maximum net usable volume per total available space. Thus, they have expanded both the height and the usable depth in the different cabinets and drawers, gaining 9% more capacity in relation to the standard measurements of most manufacturers. In addition, they propose multiple accessories to organize kitchen cabinets and drawers in a more functional way, and not waste even a square centimeter.
Another very interesting innovation is the introduction of the plinth-drawer, which extends the capacity of the furniture practically to the floor (simply leave a margin of 2.5 cm, compared to the usual 12 cm). With it, you can take advantage of all the height and depth available under the countertop, achieving up to four easily accessible storage levels.
Paying more attention to interiors is a trend
It is no longer enough that the interior of the furniture is comfortable or functional. Of course, that is the minimum required, but also, now, it is expected to be attractive. Thus, the finishes and the aesthetics of the furniture and drawers are cared for both outside and inside, offering the same variety of colors and finishes for what is usually hidden.
This is due, among other things, to the fact that the interior of the furniture is increasingly being shown, either through display cabinets or retractable cabinets, which remain for a long time with the interior in view. In any case, users want to be able to customize them to their liking, which is why more options are offered for the interior equipment, using for example noble woods, which used to be reserved for the fronts before.
And since the interiors are now as beautiful as the exterior, the trend is to show them, and that is why furniture with glass doors is on the rise. The essence of kitchen cabinets is not to hide utensils and accessories but, on the contrary, to proudly display them as if they were collector’s items.
In addition, it is possible to play with different lighting options for the interior of the showcases, making these take on great prominence in the setting of the spaces and practically become elements of indirect lighting.
The integration of appliances has been popular for many years, and refrigerators and dishwashers tend to blend in with the rest of the kitchen furniture to create homogeneous and elegant environments. Now, that trend also reaches the extractor hood, achieving cleaner spaces, and avoiding the mixture of colors and materials.
The hoods are thus integrated under the tall cabinets, or even in the worktop itself, where they disappear while they are not being used. It is also common to choose ceiling hoods, which provide maximum performance without visual interference.
These are just some of the latest trends in kitchens that will triumph during this 2022. If you want to know them better, and discover which ones are adapted to your kitchen, do not hesitate to request an appointment with our interior design team. We will be happy to design a custom project for you.