5 Kitchen Trends ‘Set To Explode’ in 2022

Interior design experts provided insight on commonly cited kitchen trends in the New Home Trends Institute’s March Survey Insights Report.
Clean modern kitchen design trend for 2022

From hexagonal patterns to building with bamboo, here are five kitchen trends to keep an eye on. Photo by Rodnae Productions from Pexels

The New Home Trends Institute (NHTI) by John Burns Real Estate Consulting puts out monthly research reports on trends (obviously) in design and construction. The March 2022 Survey Insights Report looked specifically at the focal point of the home: the kitchen.

Over 1,200 homeowners provided feedback on their usage, style, and material preferences. Here are a few kitchen trends that NHTI believes are set to “explode” in 2022.


Here are five notable kitchen trends to look out for this year:

1. Unique tile shapes (texture, hexagonal shapes, etc.)

Now this is a topic I’ve wanted to talk about for a while. Hexagons! Why are they everywhere these days?

From honeycombs to turtle shells, hexagons are regarded as nature’s “perfect shape.” It seems that people are embracing its uniqueness, ditching the solid square tile for a pattern that is a bit untraditional. Perhaps it’s a new wave of modern design, or just a refreshing change for some.

Kitchen design trend, unique tile shapes
Textures and tile shapes offer eye-catching details that traditional backsplashes may not. Photos from Pexels

Besides hexagons, other shapes like triangles and ovals are making their way into kitchen tile design.

“The maker details of textured tiles are a look that is being embraced,” says Kerrie Kelly, creative director of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. “Especially when the tiles are made from recycled products, telling a sustainability story.”

Assuming we can make any unique designs from sustainable sources, what’s the next big trend? Embracing the trapezoid?

2. Slab backsplashes

Though tile shapes offer unique detail, many still enjoy the sleek, clean look of slab backsplashes. Typically, the slabs showcase a continuous use of natural stone: quartzite, granite, marble and more.

The look has been used in both modern and rustic kitchens, with no signs of the style falling to the wayside.

Kitchen design trend, slab backsplashes
Granite slab backsplashes pair well with other design elements in the kitchen, like neutral cabinetry colors and white countertops. Photos from Pexels

Slab backsplashes are not only popular for their smooth look, but also for opening up a room—making the kitchen feel larger than it really is.

3. Patterned floors

Oh, you thought we were done with hexagons?

Kitchen floors can be more than square tiles and engineered wood. Unique patterns and shapes add a bit more personality to a space.

Kitchen design trend, patterned floors
Patterned floors can elevate a space and add a touch of uniqueness. Photos from Pexels

Triangular formats can lead to especially abstract and dramatic floor designs. Encaustic or terrazzo tiles might be used to offer a bold statement to the kitchen, for example.

4. Vintage furniture

“Vintage furniture is exploding due to supply chain issues and long furniture lead times,” says Kelly.

Vintage furniture brings history to a space, and repurposing old furniture (rather than buying new) aids in reducing our carbon footprint.

Kitchen design trend, vintage furniture
Vintage furniture can be a cost-effective, eco-friendly way to mix up a room. Photos from Pexels

Combining vintage furniture with modern pieces can look like minimalist chairs surrounding an antique dinner table, or repurposing old document drawers as a kitchen island.

5. Japandi influence (Japanese and Scandinavian)

Moretti Interior Design describes Japandi as emphasizing “simplicity, organization, and minimalism.”

It’s a combination of Japanese and Scandinavian elements; marrying the Japanese’s sleek and simple interiors with Scandinavian “hygge” (coziness and comfort). Japandi’s color schemes range from beige to slightly darker beige—using muted tones that work together in harmony.

Kitchen design trend, Japandi influence
Japandi design, while neutral and muted, can benefit from plants and accent pieces to add a pop of color. Photos from Pexels

Some, like Moretti Design, compare Japandi to biophilic design—a popular style as of late that aims to emphasize nature and promote human wellness. After the pandemic left many people feeling trapped by their four walls, some interior designers have found biophilic design to be useful in reconnecting nature and self.

This includes shades of earthy brown colors, the use of natural stone, and open floor plans—all of which are elements of Japandi design as well.

According to Moretti, other key elements of Japandi style include natural fibers and sustainable materials, like wood, bamboo, and rattan. Another important feature? Plants. So, yeah, it’s basically just a minimalist form of biophilic design.

To find out how to get access to the March Survey Insights Report, and other exclusive research from the New Home Trends Institute (fresh reports released monthly), visit NewHomeTrendsInstitute.com or email Allie Martin at amartin@realestateconsulting.com.

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Quinn Purcell, Managing Editor

Quinn Purcell

Quinn Purcell is a graduate of Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and an emphasis in Multiplatform Journalism. He specializes in video, photography, copywriting, graphic design, and even music production. He currently serves as Managing Editor for Utopia and Building Design+Construction. When he's not working you can usually find Quinn at a local brewery, or watching true crime shows with his cat.

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