Top 7 Kitchen Color Trends

Trending in 2022

Kitchen color trends of 2022 are all about warmth. There’s more natural elements, more personal expression, and more cozy details. It’s the year for comfort in things we know, love, and trust. Gather a few guiding principles and let your dream come to life this year.

White kitchen with high-contrast black island and accessories.

1. Contrasting Island

The kitchen island is getting bigger. Bigger in size and bolder in color. It’s the centerpiece of the kitchen, which is the centerpiece of the house, it’s no wonder that it’s getting more attention. It is perfectly fine for the island to be a different color than the rest of the kitchen cabinets. In fact, it’s encouraged.

If you prefer to keep things a bit more monochromatic, plan to add bold pops of color in your décor and accessories. Anything that’s going to make the island stand out is a go.

2. Natural

The earth tones of natural materials will reign supreme in 2022. Use plenty of wood with fine, linear grain like walnut and oak to double up on trending colors and textures. Same goes for stone. Select natural colors with veins rather than grains (marble and quartz over granite).

Another natural to include in your 2022 designs is natural lighting. It enhances the colors in your design. Skylights, large windows, and glass walls will be big players in design this next year.

Kitchen with two different cabinet colors: white and hickory colored shaker cabinets.

3. Mix and Match

Perhaps the monochromatic kitchen will never go out of style, but 2022 kitchen color trends let you ease up on the single color kitchen quite a bit. You can even go two-tone on the bigger elements of your kitchen like cabinets. Do a finished wood cabinet for the perimeter of your kitchen and a colored cabinet for the island.

Add colored appliances to your neutral kitchen (range, fridge, etc.) for some color that makes the more permanent bits of the kitchen stand out with vibrance.

4. Gray Revisited

Gray is another color that’s not going anywhere this year. But this year gray has taken a new direction.

In previous years, gray trends were defined mostly by how dark or light they were or how warm or cool they were. This year, gray has edged into color with purple-grays and green-grays finding favor over traditional grays. It’s the perfect way to subtly add color to your kitchen.

5. White Hot

A white kitchen will always be on trend. That doesn’t mean it has to be devoid of color, though. It’s a blank canvas for splashes of bright color that create a statement kitchen while still retaining the pristine white background.

Try a colored dining set, bright curtains, or a colorful rug. A fun backsplash or even wallpaper can add a dash of color to break up the white. A white kitchen is perfect for art too. Art is not necessarily an expected element in the kitchen so it can really add some punch.

6. Green & Blue

Multiple design leaders went with green shades for their color of the year picks. Benjamin Moore presented October Mist, a barely-there silver-green that is both natural and warm. Another paint giant, Sherwin-Williams went with Evergreen Fog. The green-gray has depth and warmth that will blend well with other 2022 kitchen trends. Better Homes & Gardens picked Laurel Leaf, a rich, dusty green that doesn’t shy away from fully embracing green.

Other color trend setters, like Pantone, leaned more toward blue with Very Peri, a periwinkle purple-blue. It sticks to the warmth trend that drives color trends in 2022 but brings energy as well. Valspar picked several colors for 2022 (all natural and warm). They led off with Mountain River, a deep blue that feels familiar and comfortable.

A great way to add color and warmth to your kitchen is with the cabinets. Try one of our cozy blue cabinets in your design.

White kitchen with robin egg-blue retro style refrigerator in the foreground.

7. Interrupt with Color

Put more than a pop of color in your kitchen. Interrupt instead. Some color on a larger anchor item in the kitchen draws attention. If you have a unique feature in your kitchen, consider adding color to it.

A painted plate rack does double duty because plate racks are hot in 2022 and painted a vibrant color, your kitchen will surely turn heads. The colored island or appliance is another great example of how to interrupt with color. These interruptions become the focus of your kitchen.

Take a look at the cabinet color options available to you at RTA Cabinet Store and start planning for a beautiful, on trend kitchen this year.

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