Key Kitchen Trends For 2022

It seems like only 5 minutes ago the ‘must-have’ item in every stylish new kitchen was an island so large, it was more like a continent! Although the island is still very much en-vogue, interior styles are constantly evolving.


If you’re looking for new kitchen inspiration or for ideas to revamp your existing space, Emmeline Smith reveals her top 3 kitchen tips for 2022.

  • Colour

Gone are the days when simple, pale colours, such as white and grey, dominated the heart of the home. The minimalist look is out and the new look for 2022 onwards is definitely, more is more! Designers are including really strong colours to add a fresh pop of excitement.

It’s been a difficult few years which saw many of us transforming our homes into a cosy refuge with lashing of matte, dark colours such as navy, bottle green and even black, creating warm spaces to feel safe in. 2022 is looking a lot more optimistic, with colour trends reflecting this. The colours are still bold, but getting much brighter and with some really unusual shades.

We’re especially loving Arsenic from Farrow and Ball, which is a wonderfully extraordinary shade of green, which brings back memories of ‘modern’ 1960s kitchens. They describe it as a ‘lively mint green’, which is pretty accurate, while Blue Babe from Dulux will add a real injection of colour and brightness to any space. Pinks are also everywhere this season, with tasteful hues like Hellebore from The Little Greene Paint Company.

Painting a feature wall, your kitchen cupboards or shelves will give your room a whole new look. I’m currently painting my dresser Arsenic green since I got bored of the neutral shades of grey in my kitchen. Paint is an affordable and simple way to add a bit of your personality to the busiest room of the house and make it look new and refreshed.

  • Appliances

The ultimate kitchen appliance for 2022 has to be the American fridge freezer.

They’ve been around for a while and they aren’t going anywhere. They’re such a statement in any home with their double doors and drawers – you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. They have a huge capacity – ideal for families – and most include the luxury of a dispenser which administers chilled, filtered water and ice cubes or crushed ice at the push of a button.

You never realise quite how much you rely on an appliance until it stops working and this goes for your American fridge freezer too – it’s a huge inconvenience and vital to get repaired as soon as possible so you don’t lose any food.

If your fridge-freezer is from a top-quality brand, such as Maytag, Amana or Sub Zero, it’s worth noting that to prolong the life of your appliance and prevent break-downs, it’s essential that you have it serviced regularly.

You may not realise the benefits of regular servicing of your fridge-freezer, but there are many reasons for doing this, in the same way we service our cars. It’s a way to ensure your appliance will run smoothly and efficiently throughout its lifespan and will reduce the risk of inconvenient breakdowns. Servicing will help keep it working better for longer, protecting your investment.

You didn’t go for the budget option when you purchased your appliance and going for the cheapest option when it comes to repairs is always a false economy – you really go get what you pay for.

If you have an American fridge from a quality manufacturer such as Maytag, Amana or Sub Zero, DCC London are the people to call. They are American fridge repair specialists and open 24/7, 365 days a year – so always on hand when you need them. You need to trust your repairer and DCC is London’s top choice for professional fridge repair with 40 years of experience.

  • Patterns

Patterns fell out of favour for many years, as we all fell in love with simple Scandinavian styles, but patterns are certainly back now! With contemporary versions of the classic William Morris floral styles being at the forefront. Designers are taking these classic styles and adding a 21st Century twist, including tigers, parrots and oversized florals. As with colours, kitchen style is becoming much bolder and more are opting for patterned curtains, blinds and even wallpaper. If you’re considering going down this route, I’d suggest focussing the colour or pattern on one or two walls only, instead of covering the whole room, which may feel a bit too much. Pick a key colour or colours from the wallpaper and paint a few select items to tie it all together.

If you’re papering a high-use area, prone to splashes or scuffs, consider a washable or wipeable wallpaper. And a little tip, if you live in a lovely old property – like I do – avoid stripes as it’s impossible to get them to line up if your walls aren’t straight!

I love the striking wallpaper styles available at Divine Savages and Emma J Shipley and you can find amazing, beautifully designed ranges to suit all budgets from other retailers including B&Q and Wilko.

The 2022 kitchen

My overall summary on kitchen style for 2022 and beyond, is that it’s becoming much softer and more comfortable than in recent years. Gone are the sleek and simple minimalist lines, which have been replaced with a more cosy and loose feel. Nothing matches – a mix of vintage, inherited, found and bought accessories and furniture are blended to create the comfort of yesteryear. Blend this with the latest high-tech appliances – which continue to make life easier – and you have your dream space!

* Collaborative post. Photo by Sidekix Media on Unsplash

1 comment

  1. I love the American fridge freezers in the red retro look