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6 kitchen remodeling ideas trending in 2022

Beautiful kitchen with white cabinets and countertops and bold light fixtures above the kitchen island

Homeowners can let their kitchen design become dull or outdated over time. But as one of the rooms where people spend the most time, kitchens are the most requested space to renovate.

Stay-at-home moms who feed the family, gourmet chefs who cook for the pleasure of it or someone just keen on spending time in the kitchen – having a cheerful, pleasant and functional kitchen design can make all the difference in their experience.

Wow your clients every time by implementing these top six kitchen design trends in 2022.

1.  Bold colors with gold accents

One of the most popular trends in kitchen design this year is jewel toned cabinets, such as dark green or burgundy, and matching them with gold accents. More neutral cabinet colors like blacks, whites and grays, will always be in style – but this year it’s all about bold colors.

Jewel tones tend to lean towards the darker side of the color palette. To avoid a dim and gloomy kitchen, pair your darker cabinets with white tiles and countertops. This creates moments of brightness throughout the space.

Gold finishes are a key design element that surged in 2021 and is being carried over into 2022. These luxury touches are a strong trend this year and go great with vibrant cabinet colors.

Gold hardware can be added anywhere in a kitchen. Whether it’s a modern light fixture, a brass faucet or champagne-colored cabinet handles, there are many options to incorporate gold in your kitchen design.

2.  Layered lighting

Layered lighting is another hot kitchen trend in 2022. Instead of having a single overhead light, layered lighting means having more than one light source throughout the kitchen.

Multiple light sources allow for a transition from a bright workspace to an ambient mood for after-dinner drinks. This vibe can be achieved by hanging large pendant lights over your island, installing recessed lighting in the ceiling and placing a modern chandelier over the dining table.

Adding in-cabinet lighting is another excellent way to layer lights. It can add a touch of elegance to the kitchen and is a great design choice if the client’s budget allows for it. For a more affordable option, place peel-and-stick LED strips under your cabinets or floating shelves to give an extra layer of ambiance.

3.  Unique tile designs

Just like the cabinet colors, you’ll see more vibrant and unique designs in kitchen backsplashes and floors.

Patterned tiles can be found in neutral or vibrant colors that align with the kitchen design, adding more visual appeal to the background.

To bring life to a neutral kitchen, install a brightly colored backsplash as a statement piece. If you’ve chosen to go dark with your cabinets, white subway tile is timeless and creates a nice contrast in the space. For a more dynamic look, opt for a tile with bold patterns that keep the eyes moving.

These are the type of designs today’s homeowners are hungry for.

Mixing tiles and wood is a creative kitchen trend we’ve seen in flooring this year. Instead of a line that limits where the hardwood flooring ends and the tiles begin, interior designers, home builders and remodelers are finding more interesting ways to merge these two. Your construction business will want to be among those leading the pack.

Your clients may choose to be bold and create a striking design with the tiles interspersed throughout the wood. Or go practical and lay tiles near sinks and stoves to protect the area, while placing wood everywhere else. The options are endless.

4.  Organic, natural elements

A warm and pleasant kitchen is an escape from hectic daily life. Adding natural elements and organic textures brings the outdoors inside for a feeling of relaxation and serenity in your kitchen.

Add plants to your clients’ open shelves to make the space feel more fresh and appealing. Use live-edge wood for the kitchen countertop or dining table to keep the natural shape of the tree it was made from. Bring a more rustic feel to the kitchen with a natural stone backsplash.

Designing a kitchen that features natural elements is all about the materials. Here are several options to choose from that will transform your clients’ kitchens into peaceful sanctuaries:

  • Bamboo cabinets
  • Seagrass counter stools
  • Oak wood beams
  • Stone or brick backsplashes
  • Linen curtains
  • Cotton kitchen towels
  • Wool rugs
  • Canvas artwork

5.  Multi-functional spaces

Designing with intention and creating multi-purpose spaces is very important for kitchens this year.

A kitchen designed not only for cooking or having dinner, but also to be used as a space where kids can do homework or as an area where the family can gather and socialize is something we will be seeing a lot this year.

A kitchen with multiple islands accomplishes this idea. Instead of installing a single island in the middle of the kitchen, having two smaller islands allows one to be used for meal prep and the other for recreational use.

A coffee station or mini bar built into the pantry is a popular kitchen trend right now and is a great way to combine storage with purpose. Multi-functional spaces like these help remodelers make the most out of their kitchen design layout.

6.  Engineered stone countertops

In recent years, eco-friendly design options have become much more in demand – and this year is no exception. Durable, beautiful and low-maintenance, engineered stone countertops are the ideal choice when it comes to going green in the kitchen.

High-end countertops can easily break the client’s budget. But these gorgeous countertops, made of crushed stone bonded together, are less expensive than a solid slab of granite or marble and will help alleviate expenses – without skimping on quality. Engineered stone countertops come in any size or shape and can be found in different colors and styles to fit even the most picky homeowner’s taste.

Thanks to their ability to resist both heat and stain, these low-maintenance countertops are a homeowner’s dream.

This year’s kitchen designs encourage mixing and matching. Whether it’s wood and tiled floors or dark colored cabinets with gold accents, the trend is to include eclectic materials for sustainable living purposes and visual appeal.

Designing and remodeling a kitchen is an exciting process. Consider these top kitchen trends for an elegant, yet functional design that will please every client.

Here at Buildertrend, we help remodelers run their business and get more work done, so they can focus on what really matters. Learn more about how Buildertrend can take your remodeling company to the next level with construction software.

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Cassandra Rosas Cassandra Rosas is a content writer at She is passionate about home improvement, interior design, the environment, sustainability, reading, writing and music. 

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