It’s been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so it makes sense you want your home looking its best! From energy-efficient appliances to adding additional storage, 2022 is shaping up to have some innovative and inspiring trends. Whether you’re looking for some decoration inspiration or planning for a full kitchen remodel, it’s helpful to get an idea of what's currently in style. Below are some of our client’s luxury home kitchen trends.
1. Energy efficiency
If you’re like me, you’ve become intentional about finding ways to live a sustainable lifestyle. This might range from the products you purchase to the foods you consume. Although eco-friendly products often cost more, the payoff is well worth it in the long run. Sustainability improves the quality of our life, helps protect our ecosystem, and preserves natural resources for future generations. Research has found that more than a third of global consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternatives.
2. Smart technology appliances
Since we’re on the subject of ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint, I thought this would be a great time to mention smart technology appliances. Luxury kitchens embrace technological innovation to create a more functional space. Smart appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, and sinks enable you to monitor the energy you use and even receive feedback on how much energy your appliances are using. And that’s not all! You can also receive notifications of factors that might be negatively impacting the efficiency of your home, equipping you with the knowledge to make necessary changes.
3. Dark colors
While white cabinets have previously been a staple in luxury kitchens, it’s out with the old and in with the new. Last year, we saw the reintroduction of dark and mood cabinets. Dark cabinets portray elegance and a deep, luxurious atmosphere that other options fail to convey. Cabinetry ranges in deep, rich hues, spanning from medium brown to black. Dark colors can help pull a room together, giving a strong presence with their bold tones. Their growing appearance and popularity have become a trend in luxury kitchens, showcasing opulence and glamor.
4. Quartz countertops
When it comes to high-end kitchen countertops, quartz is still king. This high-end material is one of the top choices for a luxury kitchen countertop. There are plenty of reasons that I am drawn to quartz, but their impressive durability and impact resistance are top of the list. Unlike other luxury surfaces, quartz is an engineered slab. Quartz now comes in many colors, patterns, and finishing techniques, enabling homebuyers to find a style that best suits their preferences. Plus, finishing techniques mimic realistic stone patterns, giving your countertops an added layer of luxury. Quartz countertops will stand the test of time.
5. Connection to the outdoors
There’s little that’s more relaxing to me than outdoor dining – whether it’s during a warm summer evening or the first days of fall when I can watch the leaves change into their vibrant shades. In the luxury market, our clients are showing a heightened desire for connection to the outdoors, which can be accomplished through an indoor/outdoor living space. Homeowners are adding entry points from the kitchen to outside entertainment, which can be easily accomplished by installing a glass door in the kitchen.
6. Open layout
If you’re someone who enjoys cooking and entertainment, then an open layout is the perfect option for you. We’re seeing more modern kitchen designs that incorporate enough space for cooking and entertaining guests. As its name suggests, an open concept kitchen has few, or even no, interior walls. This design trend has gained popularity in recent years as more of our clients want a space that is both functional for everyday activities and hosting for get-togethers and holidays.
7. Integrated Lighting
Just like you need healthy, balanced meals, your kitchen needs a healthy mix of different types of lighting with a combination of overhead and pendant lighting. Integrated lighting is quickly gaining popularity in luxury kitchens. This refers to lighting that is built directly into your cabinets and kitchen space, helping to create a well-lit workspace that takes the strain off of your eyes. There’s a myriad of options available for integrated lighting – built-in, strip, aftermarket, LED, battery-powered, or hardwired.
8. New and improved storage
As the old adage goes – out of sight, out of mind. Modern kitchens are designed with new and improved methods for storage, and in a luxury home, we believe that a pantry is a necessity. Large, built-in pantries are a valuable asset to a kitchen and provide plenty of space for storage, helping keep kitchen supplies out of sight and stored in a proper area. Walk-in pantries will also help keep your kitchen clean and organized. Like most things in a luxury property, storage can be customized to fit your exact needs and preferences. Having sufficient storage is also a great way to conceal unattractive garbage and recycling cans with a creative pantry, successfully hiding the unsightly tin and potentially foul odors.