If you’re considering undertaking a kitchen renovation or upgrade, it’s key to know what trends are in the highest demand so you can maximize your appeal to buyers. See the top kitchen trends that buyers are loving right now below!
Organic, Natural Elements
While sleek, minimalistic lines and clean design are still very popular, additions of more natural elements to kitchens are being seen more and more. Think wood finishes and glass and/or stone features that provide mixed textures. Accent wallpaper featuring flora and fauna-inspired patterns are also on the rise. While granite and quartz countertops are still the prize gems, buyers are also wanting island countertops that contrast from their main counters, and over one-third chose butcher block or a wood slab.
Earthy Hues Over All-White
Move over white, there’s a new shade in the kitchen game. After years of all-white kitchens being the end all be all for buyers, 2022 is seeing a shift. Buyers are looking for kitchens that can reflect their personalities, and kitchens with pops of color or contrasting cabinets are becoming more in demand. Green and its various hues are especially making a big comeback in 2022, in fact, “Olive Sprig”, an earthy toned-down green, was named color of the year by paint companies! Other earthy tones like dusty blues are also on the rise in kitchens. Shades that have more earthy tones to them can reflect nature, optimism, and even regrowth.
Larger Islands & Flexible Purpose
It’s no surprise since 1 in 5 homeowners says office work takes place at this stand-alone spot since the kitchen has long been the home’s command center. But too much room to maneuver can also backfire. Now that more time is being spent at home for workers, the kitchen has become a multi-purpose room for many families. As a result, buyers are looking for kitchens that have areas that can benefit their work – nooks that double as desk space, printers tucked away behind cabinets, and charging areas. Additionally, nearly two in five islands in homes being purchased are over 7 feet long.
Over the past 2 years, many of us stayed at home more than ever. This has created a drastic decline in dining out, translating into homeowners storing more wine at home. Enter the new kitchen wish list trend, wine & beverage fridges! Mini beverage coolers being featured in renovated homes are up 19% over 2021 and wine fridges are up by 14%.
Open Concept Reigns Supreme
While there are several new trends to expect for 2022 kitchen designs, today’s buyers still prefer an open-concept layout. Open concept kitchens give flexibility and the opportunity to transform the space depending on the buyers’ needs. Buyers have opted for sliding doors into the room, giving the area an office feel rather than a kitchen when needed. Overall, open-concept layouts remain a top trend in buyers’ priorities.
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