White kitchen cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances are still the go-to selections, according to a recent study of kitchen trends for 2022. However, some of the findings in this study reflect significant changes in how we use our kitchens, such as the decrease in open-concept kitchens. Homeowners renovating in the throes of the pandemic want wide kitchen islands for working from home and plenty of cabinet organizers to keep the clutter at bay. Innovative Kitchen & Bath can guide you in choosing some of the top kitchen remodeling trends for 2022, according to the survey.
Countertops Worth Splurging On
Not only was an upgraded kitchen countertop the most common feature in kitchen remodels (91 percent of homeowners doing so), but 35 percent said they “splurged” on their countertop choice, spending more than they had budgeted for.
Although engineered quartz is still the most popular countertop material, it has lost nine points from 2021. In 2022, quartzite, which is a natural, porous stone gained in popularity, as opposed to quartz.
The Length of Kitchen Islands Is Increasing
In fact, nearly two out of every five kitchen islands, according to the survey, are over seven feet long. Homeowners are taking advantage of all that extra room not only to cook and bake, but also to work from home, with 20% claiming to work from their kitchen island. Extra storage is being added to the space beneath the counter, with the majority adding cabinets with closed doors.
Kitchens with an Open Layout Lose Ground
Open concept floor ideas are slipping out of vogue, as many home decor experts have predicted since the outbreak began. Work-from-home and remote schooling have had many families wishing for an extra wall or door, and a little more solitude, in the last two years. According to the study’s findings, only 38 percent of homeowners opened up their kitchen to other rooms in 2022, compared to 46 percent in 2020.
Vinyl Flooring is Increasing in Popularity
Hardwood is currently the most popular kitchen flooring option (25 percent), but vinyl is picking up momentum, rising from 14 percent in 2020 to 23 percent in 2022. Vinyl has surpassed ceramic and porcelain tile in popularity. Vinyl is not only water-resistant and inexpensive, but it also has a softer feel underfoot, which may appeal to remodelers looking for a more comfortable home.
Appliances are Becoming More High-Tech
More than a third of homeowners stated that they purchased a new high-tech kitchen item. Appliances featuring wireless and smartphone controls are at the top of the list. You can now manage the oven temperature and cooking time from your phone without having to get up from your couch. Alternatively, the next time you’re at the grocery store and can’t remember if you need milk, use an app to look inside your fridge. If you are planning a kitchen remodel for your Seattle area home, speak to our team at Innovative Kitchen & Bath and let us guide you to the best choices for your family’s needs and budget.