Everyday life involves quite enough hustle and bustle. When people started staying at home more often because of the pandemic, the kitchen became one of the most stable parts of the home where family members get together. This has been standardized and has been thought over by families and professionals to alter and make the kitchen a much more comfortable place to linger.
As French chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud puts it, “Kitchens should be designed around what’s truly important — fun, food, and life.”
Kitchens now might not play the center-of-everything roles that they did during the early days of the pandemic. But even if you’re spending more time away, you’ll likely have become a little more attached and invested in the kitchen than you were in 2019.
Some of what’s new in kitchen design and outfitting:
- Pigment-packed cabinets. According to Christopher Peacock, “Neutral tones paired with strong colors like deep green, rich reds, and blues, will continue to be a go-to color scheme.”
- Texture is Queen. If a pop of color isn’t up your alley, lean into texture. From new countertop materials, to textured cabinet panels and fun backsplash, the options are endless.
- Broaden your range. The best kitchen update to make this year? A new oven range! As an alternative to gas ranges, induction ranges are growing in popularity.
- Make a Splash. In 2022, kitchen tiles are no longer relegated to backsplash. Designers are expanding tiling to unexpected places, like window jambs.