For many homeowners, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place where you gather and unwind after a long day. It’s a place where holiday meals are prepared and memories are made. Because of this, when it comes to home renovations, the kitchen becomes a popular project for homeowners looking to breathe some new life into their space.


So, what are the must-haves of a kitchen in 2022? What colors are in right now? What should you choose for flooring? There are so many design options out there when it comes to renovating a space as important as a kitchen. There is also the debate of form over function, and the question of how much should you be spending on the newest and greatest appliances?


If you’re considering a kitchen remodel and aren’t sure where to begin, we wanted to spend some time talking about the latest kitchen trends to watch this year based on the results of Houzz’s 2022 Kitchen Trends Study. From countertops to flooring to colors and more, we’ve got you covered! Let’s dive in: 


1. It’s All About Quartz

According to the study, one-third of renovating homeowners indicated that they splurged on the countertops. Engineered quartz and granite were the most popular choices, with 42% and 24% of homeowners favoring those materials respectively. This is due largely to the style, durability, and ease of cleaning of the materials, which seemed to matter more to many than the cost. In terms of color, homeowners favored white for their countertop selection.


2. Vinyl Flooring Is Growing In Popularity

When it comes to flooring, vinyl or resilient flooring continued to gain appeal, nearly doubling in popularity since 2019 to 23%. In fact, vinyl flooring has overtaken ceramic and porcelain tile, now at 19%, a decline of five percentage points over the past year. However, while Vinyl is indeed moving up, hardwood flooring still leads the pack, coming in at 25%. 


3. Larger Kitchen Islands

One feature that seems to be growing in popularity is the oversized kitchen islands (pun intended). Many renovating homeowners are stretching the length of their island to more than 7 feet. In turn, the kitchen island has become a major focal point of the home, with many installing new light fixtures above their islands to truly make it the centerpiece of the room while brightening up their entire living space. 


4. White and Gray Continue Are The Top Color Selections

Neutrals continue to dominate when it comes to home renovations. In terms of kitchen color, white leads the pack as the top choice for kitchen cabinets, backsplashes, and walls. Coming in second is gray, with 27% of renovating homeowners painting the kitchen walls gray, 13% installing gray flooring, and 11% opting for a gray backsplash, according to Houzz’s Survey. While gray and white do dominate the color field right now, it’s not all about the neutrals. The study also indicated that other colors are starting to increase in popularity, including blue, black, and green. In particular, these colors are bringing contrast in specific areas of the kitchen such as the island cabinets, giving an overall neutral pallet a nice eye-catching pop!


5. Top Notch Appliances

This is one area where homeowners indicated that they were willing to splurge to get what they want. Homeowners indicated that they desired appliances with features such as wireless and smartphone controls. These features increased in popularity by 8% from 2021. Additionally, Houzz’s survey revealed that one in five homeowners are incorporating beverage refrigerators in their renovated kitchens and adding wine refrigerators to their homes. 


Bottom Line

If you’re looking to spruce up your space either for your own enjoyment or for resale, knowing the top trends can help point you in the right direction and kick start your next renovation project. Let us know in the comments what you’re favorite kitchen element is and if you have any plans to give your space a refresh!