Experts at Howdens, the UK’s number one trade kitchen supplier, have published a Spring/Summer edit to their popular online Kitchen Trends 2022 Guide, revealing the latest inspiration for fashion-forward homeowners.
The guide features four trends; ‘Calm Haven’, ‘Sensory Delight’, ‘Elegance’ and ‘Crafted’—with each trend featuring unique tips and tricks on style, colour and finishing features.
Howdens has also identified upcoming emerging trends across colours, style, space, and functional features that will shape kitchens of the future. With the continued reign of homeworking as 2022 progresses, Howdens focuses in on making life more convenient with multi-functional features and space-saving tricks. The four trends encapsulate sustainability, authenticity, style, and comfort.
Tori Summers, Director of Design & Innovation at Howdens, guides you through the key elements of each trend:
“As the world outside gets busier in the warm spring/summer months, the ‘Calm Haven’ trend offers an understated sanctuary for homeowners to return to after a busy day.
To achieve a sense of tranquillity, this trend brings together soft tones, natural textures, and muted finishes to create a calm and soothing atmosphere. The ‘Calm Haven’ look draws inspiration from Scandinavian and Japanese interiors, so it’s all about marrying subdued colours and minimalism with functionality to create a peaceful space.
Draw on natural elements with timber and stone-effect counters for added comfort, with chrome or black fittings and handles to help punctuate the pared-back colours.
Where the ‘Calm Haven’ trend focuses on the tranquil and subdued, ‘Sensory Delight’ is about all things decadent and dramatic. Defined by intense shades and tactile materials, this trend creates a bold and elevated environment for homeowners who want to be inspired by their kitchen.
Striking colours are a key element of this trend—charcoals, slate grey, and marine blue form this bold look, while garnet red will really lift the dark pallet. Customers should choose storage accessories in a complimentary colour for a cohesive look – inside and out.
The ‘Elegance’ trend is defined by luxury, sophistication, and decadence. Ornate patterns, refined colours, and deluxe features define this trend. When accompanied by marble effects and brass elements, it reflects a sense of sumptuous nostalgia while hinting at optimism for a brighter future.
Neutraltones including antique rose, dove grey or warm sandstone offer an understated backdrop ready to embellish with luxe details. Iconic marble patterns are the star of this trend and should be the material of choice for counters.
Functional features should be discreet, high-tech, and indulgent with no expense spared. Look to tower and drawer storage for a clean, modern look. This will elongate a room for a spacious appearance.
Bringing the outside indoors with a natural kitchen interior is a great way to create a timeless home environment. The ‘Crafted’ trend focuses on bringing textures, colours, and materials from the natural world to create an authentic and intentional feel.
Vibrant tones are key, with inspiration taken from the earth, sea, and sky. Create a nurturing place to nest with blues and greens and elevate a homely atmosphere with handcrafted elements.
Traditional accessories, such as timber storage, help to heighten the rustic feel while making a prominent design statement. Real stone and wood counters, and wood and stone effect floors are a must for this trend to add texture and authenticity.