7 Top Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2022
According to the 2022 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, open floor plans in the kitchen are out, while other favorites continue to be top choices.
1. Extra-Special Countertops
Upgrading kitchen countertops stands out as the most popular kitchen remodel feature with an overwhelming 91 percent of homeowners saying they updated their counters. What is really interesting, however, is that 35 percent of those homeowners “splurged” or spent more than anticipated on their chosen countertop upgrade.
As far as countertop materials go, engineered quartz is still at the top of the list (42 percent), despite falling nine points since 2021. Quartzite, a natural, porous stone, is up 2 points this year.
2. Longer Kitchen Islands
Extra island space translates into more cooking and baking, naturally, but also a quiet spot to dig into work-from-home tasks. Nearly 40 percent of those surveyed say their kitchen islands are more than 7 feet long, with 20 percent using their island for work purposes. In addition, the area under the kitchen island counter is being utilized for extra storage, with 78 percent choosing cabinets with doors, as opposed to open storage.
3. Shaker-Style Kitchen Cabinets
Sixty-four percent of home renovators are now choosing Shaker-style kitchen cupboards, up 8 points from 2021. A pillar of transitional home decor, Shaker-style cabinets eclipsed the number two style — flat-panel cabinets — by more than 45 points.
4. Open Concept Floor Plans Lose Favor
It has been predicted by many home decor professionals for years now: Open floor plans are losing their appeal. Since the pandemic began and remote work and schooling took hold, families are spending a lot more time at home together. They simply want a little more privacy. According to the study results, just 38 percent of homeowners are opening up their kitchen floor plan this year, down from 46 percent in 2020.
5. Vinyl Floors Gain Popularity
Hardwood floors are still king in the kitchen with 25 percent of homeowners saying they went with hardwood. But vinyl is gaining popularity by leaps and bounds, rising from 14 percent in 2020 to a whopping 23 percent this year. Vinyl has even left porcelain or ceramic tiles in the dust (19 percent). What exactly makes vinyl so popular? In short, it’s affordable, water-resistant, and feels softer underfoot, which is appealing to renovators looking for comfort.
6. Specialty Organizers Rise in Demand
As homeowners increasingly seek out solutions for kitchen clutter, specialty drawer and cabinet organizers gain in popularity across the board. Ranking highest are drawers with pull-out garbage or recycling bins (63 percent) and cabinets specifically designed to store cookie trays (51 percent).
7. High-Tech Appliances
More than 30 percent of homeowners added a new high-tech kitchen appliance to their kitchen. Topping the list? Appliances featuring wireless and smartphone integration (26 percent). One popular high-tech appliance perk is being able to manipulate the oven temperature and baking time from your phone as you relax on the sofa. Another top pick is using an app to see the contents of your refrigerator while you’re grocery shopping and can’t remember if you need butter.