Trend 1: Going Green
Shades of emerald, sage and gumleaf are having a moment. “The pandemic has highlighted our primeval need for connection with our landscapes, hence the meteoric rise of green,” explains interior designer Jane Thomson. “It’s becoming a go-to colour for kitchen joinery, seating and accessories, best paired with black, white and timber finishes.” If you dare to go all-out, try an olive-hued cooker that blends into matching painted cabinetry, or start small with a mint-coloured toaster or coffee machine on a chic marble benchtop.
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Smeg Portofino 90cm Induction Upright Cooker Olive Green
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Trend 2: Marble Magic
This richly veined natural stone continues to adorn kitchens, lending a sense of style and luxury. While slabs of ivory have perennial appeal, international trend forecasts point to dramatic black marble benchtops and even moody dark-green splashbacks for 2022. Sleek, stainless-steel appliances pair well with white marble finishes, while integrated appliances work especially well in dark kitchens.
Trend 3: Seamless Style
The contemporary kitchen is so much more than a utilitarian cook space; in 2022, it’s a place where we gather, eat, entertain and even work. “It’s about creating a seamless feel in an open-plan space,” explains Jane Thomson, who suggests installing a cantilevered dining table off the kitchen island to unite cooking, dining and living zones. Integrated appliances are also a must – think a slick, black dishwasher that recedes into cabinetry.
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Trend 4: Old-World Appeal
“The vintage kitchen trend started to gain momentum in 2019 and it’s really set to kick in in 2022,” says Jane Thomson, pointing to both traditional Shaker cabinetry and flat-faced, 1960s-style joinery as key features. Get the look by upcycling preloved kitchen units or finding new pieces with a retro flavour, from 1950s-inspired cookers to pastel benchtop appliances.
Trend 5: Wine Time
No longer the sole domain of collectors and gourmands, the wine fridge will take centrestage in 2022, blending functionality with contemporary good looks. “Either way, be sure to position the fridge out of direct sunlight” says Peter Simic, The Good Guys Buyer - Refrigeration.
Trend 6: Striking Splashbacks
Blame it on the drudgery of the past two years… 2022 is the year to push design boundaries. “Some stunning looks to consider this year are handmade tiles in pinks, salmons, warm beige, greens, blues and russet,” says Jane Thomson. Feminine curved profiles will star, as well as classic herringbone, basket weave and subway patterns. Match the latter with a classic, country-style cooker, or team a jewel-coloured statement tile with gleaming gold tapware and subtle steel or grey appliances.
Trend 7: Wall-Oven Wonders
For a kitchen design trend that combines practicality with polish, look no further than the wall oven – a cooker that’s conveniently built into cabinetry at eye or waist height. “Not only does it provide a modern aesthetic reminiscent of a professional kitchen, but it eliminates bending down to remove hot, heavy baking dishes from the oven,” says Geraldine Gillespie, The Good Guys Buyer – Cooking Appliances. Entertainers might choose to have two ovens stacked on top of one another, or a side-by-side configuration with a microwave and coffee maker, too.