New year, new kitchen refresh? If you’re ready to start cooking up the kitchen of your dreams, take some time to consider the latest trends in kitchen cabinet hardware, tiles, backsplashes and more. From bold backsplashes to cool cabinet knobs to the chicest colour combinations for your cooking space, we’ve rounded up the 15 of the top kitchen trends we think we’ll be seeing a lot more of in 2022.
Published November 9, 2021, Updated January 25, 2021
Open and Closed
In the past few years, kitchen trends have ebbed between open shelves (which make small spaces feel more open, but need to be kept exceptionally organized) and closed cabinets (which let you shut the door on clutter, but take up more space). Now, more and more people are embracing the spirit of compromise – and going for both. Want a bright example? Check out this sophisticated kitchen from Kortney Wilson and Kenny Brain on Making It Home With Kortney and Kenny, which features two styles of open shelves and closed cabinets.
A Glossy Finish
Want a kitchen backsplash trend for 2022 that really shines? Try a glossy tiled backsplash. As Samantha Pynn and Sebastian Clovis show with this Save My Reno kitchen, glossy backsplash tiles in a subtle hue add interest and style to a classic galley kitchen.
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Changing or updating your cabinet hardware is one of the simplest ways to refresh your home without actually renovating – and to keep your kitchen on trend. If you’re looking at your cabinet hardware options this year, cabinet knobs might be the way to go. Whether you go for gleaming metallic knobs or delicate painted hardware (like the pretty knobs the Good Bones team used here), round knobs are a classic alternative to clunkier bars on drawers and cabinets.
Most of us don’t think twice when it comes to adding statement-making wall art in the living room or bedroom, but why should the kitchen be deprived of that same level of colour and artistic expression? From framed wall art (like the ornate painting used by Randy Spracklin and the Rock Solid Builds team here) to decorative objects on shelves, art has a place in the kitchen (just be sure to place it away from messy cooking zones!).
While it may sound bold on paper, pastel hues are one of the dreamiest and chicest kitchen cabinet colour trends you can try. To take your cabinets to the next level, opt for soft shades of an unexpected colour. In this Montreal bungalow, peachy-pink cabinets are whimsical yet sophisticated when paired with elegant marble and a tile backsplash.
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Shades of Grey
Not into soft hues in the kitchen? On the other end of the spectrum for kitchen cabinet colour trends, mid- and deep-tone greys offer another take on colourful cabinets. Case in point? The fossil-grey cabinets in this Property Brothers: Forever Home kitchen are chic and sophisticated – without being boring.
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Can’t decide which cabinet colour to go with? The two-tone cabinet trend gives you the best of both worlds. You can go with a classic combination with one colour for the upper cabinets and another for the lower cabinets, or use your colour placement for a trend-right colourblocked effect – like the Save My Reno team did with the mix of white and pale-blue cabinets here.
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Of course, colour isn’t the only way to go when it comes to kitchen cabinets. Wood cabinets are making a major resurgence, but they aren’t the same as the cabinets of decades past. In this Montreal townhouse, for example, natural white-oak wood cabinets bring warmth to the room, while sleek lines and Calcutta marble countertops keep them feeling very ’20s.
: statement lighting is a trend that’s built to last. In the kitchen, the latest way to making lighting extra impactful is to mix up your lighting – as Scott McGillivray and his team did with two styles of multiple hanging pendant lights in this Scott’s Vacation House Rules kitchen.
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Sick of matchy matchy decor? One of the most-loved kitchen trends this year is to mix-and-match materials – pairing natural wood with polished metals to create a dimensional feel. For a sleek example, we can look to the industrial-inspired glamour of this Yaletown loft’s kitchen. Here, the recipe for sophisticated style starts with exposed-brick walls, followed by gleaming metal countertops, a splash of wood and a few dashes of luxe marble.
Kitchen islands add practical cooking and prep space to a kitchen, and they can also pack some serious stylish punch – especially when you use unexpected finishes to take advantage of the mixed-materials trend in the kitchen. From patterned bases to cool countertops (like the terrazzo top used in this minimalist-cool bungalow), kitchen islands bring plenty of style.
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A New Range
A hood range is an essential part of a working kitchen, but they aren’t always the most stylish. While one of the more popular kitchen trends in the past few years has been trying to hide the hood range, we’re now seeing more hood ranges that are a mix of sleek but also stylized. This custom arch showcased on Making It Home With Kortney and Kenny, for example, creates a seamless look, while also making the hood a major focal point in the space.
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Colour in the kitchen is always in style, but this year we’re seeing more paint-free ways to bring vibrant appeal to your cooking space. Whether it’s used as a distinctive backsplash or – as the Save My Reno team showed here – a strikingly stylish accent wall, wallpaper is a low-cost, no-reno way to add a lot of charm to a kitchen.
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Play With Pattern
Say goodbye to boring: bold, patterns and unique designs are one of the most popular kitchen backsplash trends this year. Because the backsplash often doesn’t take up much space on the wall, it’s a great place to add a pop of colour or personality – like the richly patterned tile backsplash in this Scott’s Vacation House Rules kitchen.
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Comfy and chic, modern farmhouse design continues to trend throughout the home – including when it comes to the kitchen sink. Apron-style kitchen sinks (like the spacious stunner used by Erin and Ben Napier in this Home Town kitchen) are visually stylish, but they’re also super practical: the deep design of farmhouse sinks is perfect for kitchen prep and washing dishes with ease.
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