The Kitchen Trends That Will Be Big In 2022

Sept 17, 2021 – 3 min read

Kitchen renovations are high on the wishlist for many Australians after spending more time than ever before inside their homes over the past two years. Insights from Australia’s Housing Industry Association already show that renovations are on the rise in Tasmania, Victoria and the Northern Territory, but how will the new kitchens of 2022 look? Here’s our look into the big kitchen design trends to come, and the top kitchen appliance buys to help you bring them home.

Trendy Kitchen layout with dark and timber accents

Timber Touches

Okay, so there’s nothing new about the use of timber in the kitchen, but the shape and form we’re seeing it in is getting more creative. “Having spent so much time indoors in recent times, we’re looking for as many ways as possible to bring a little of the outdoors in, and to celebrate the natural world throughout the interiors of our home,” says Fiona Gould, interior stylist and trends expert.

This kitchen trend may be embraced by many styles, whether the rest of your home is Scandinavian-inspired, coastal or even industrial. You can bring a touch of timber into the heart of your home through benchtops, floating shelves and a careful selection of kitchen appliances. For big impact, opt for timber-look cabinetry and invest in integrated kitchen appliances such as fridges and dishwashers. Not only will this introduce a whole lot of that wooden warmth to your space, but by hiding away the big machines, you’ll create a sense of zen, too.

Top Buys

Kambrook Scandi Chic 2 Slice Toaster – Charcoal

Kambrook Scandi Chic 1.7 Litre Kettle – White

Asko Fully Integrated 86cm Dishwasher

Dark Minimalism

Black is back in a big way, and this time it’s more than just a highlighted accent colour. For kitchens blessed with an abundance of natural light, we’ll see floor-to-ceiling swathes of black, charcoal and grey. Cabinetry, benchtops, splashbacks and even appliances are taking a dark turn. Whether you prefer a freestanding oven or a built-in model, a gas cooktop or induction, a classic microwave or a combination cooker, go for a total black-out from top to bottom (including the control panels). This will create a chic and seamless kitchen design to complement the contemporary home.

Stylish Kitchen with floor-to-ceiling swathes of black, charcoal and grey.

The Return Of Colour

Gone are the days of the all-white kitchen. “Colour in the home is about to become more prevalent than ever,” says Fiona Gould, who attributes this trend to people looking for ways to bring a sense of joy and excitement back into their lives and people becoming more brave and experimental in home design.

As the colour of renewal and regeneration, green is about to take our kitchens by storm – and it should come as no surprise on the tail end of a global pandemic. “While kitchen colour trends of the past such as navy and blue hues were predominantly incorporated through cabinetry and paint, green will sprout in more unexpected ways,” says Fiona Gould. Small benchtop appliances have presented an opportunity to introduce a pop of colour for quite some time, but now we will begin to see green across our cooking appliances, too. It’s less of a statement and more of a new, and reinvigorated, neutral.

Top Buys

Smeg Portofino 90cm Induction Upright Cooker Olive Green

Smeg 50s Retro Style 4 Slice Toaster – Green

Smeg Portofino 90cm Canopy Rangehood Olive Green

“Colour in the kitchen is about to become more prevalent than ever.”

Futuristic Form

A smart home is a connected home, and the kitchen is no exception. Not only are the kitchens of the future smarter than they have ever been, but they’re also taking on a futuristic-inspired aesthetic. Gunmetal greys and stainless-steel finishes are the design heroes for this ultra-modern kitchen style, while appliances adopt touch-control screens, Wi-Fi connectivity and voice control operating systems.

This trending kitchen design will be just as at home inside a modern contemporary abode as it would an industrial-inspired loft, pairing well with a chunky concrete benchtop and exposed beams. “This up-and-coming kitchen design trend is almost like the futuristic evolution of industrial style,” says Fiona Gould. As such, it will rely heavily on the faces of appliances, so there’s no hiding them away in the butler’s pantry or behind integrated cabinetry facades. It’s time to embrace the new age.

Top Buys

Westinghouse 60cm Electric Oven – Dark Stainless

Samsung 616L Family Hub Refrigerator

DeLonghi 24L Digital Benchtop Multi Oven

Kitchen appliances are an important part of any kitchen design. To bring your favourite kitchen design trend to life in your own home, visit us in-store or online. If you’re looking for more inspiration for renovations, check out our home renovation ideas, too.

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