6 Custom Kitchen Trends in 2022

Get inspired with this year's top trends as you plan your custom kitchen.

Kitchens are the centre of the home for a reason. It’s where you cook together, eat together, and spend time in one another’s company. So it’s a no-brainer that you want it to stay current and look good. 

Here are some of the top design trends in 2022 to get you started as you plan your new custom kitchen. 


1. Open Shelving 

Gone are the days of hiding behind cabinets! 

Open shelving and glass upper cupboards are making a statement in the kitchen, where homeowners are showing off their dishes, prepware, and other decorative items. 

In particular, we’re seeing seamless marble backsplashes and a single shelf for a minimalist look and glossy, colourful tiles with two or more wooden shelves for a maximalist look. 


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2. Mixing Textures and Styles

There was a time when all of your appliances and finishes had to match. Stainless steel fridges, ovens, and microwaves took over Calgary kitchens, along with melamine cabinetry. 

Now, designers are inviting more texture and materials into their kitchens. Mixing vintage-inspired appliances like candy-coloured Smeg fridges and matte Kucht gas ranges with porcelain farmhouse sinks and Venetian plaster hood fans. 

We’re also seeing a wood revival! From flat-faced cabinets with metal pulls to thick butcher block counters and antique dining tables and chairs.  


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3. Walk-In Pantries

Builder-grade homes took a strong step away from walk-in pantries, but this is one sacrifice we’re not willing to make in custom kitchens. 

To get the open shelving with clean lines, you’ll want the ability to tuck some things away. Homeowners are opting for hidden pantries disguised as cabinets or considering it a conversation piece with an arch-top entry door. 

Walk-in pantries are now housing more than just food backstock, too. We’re seeing small prep kitchens with sinks, microwaves, coffee bars and the like to make this a truly functional space. 


4. Personalised Storage 

Not all things trendy are on the surface (and we’re convinced this is one trend to stay).

Adding personalised touches to the insides of your cabinets and drawers can make a huge difference in the functionality of your kitchen. Think spice drawers, deep pot drawers, baking sheet dividers, hidden outlets for phone and tablet chargers, and Kitchenaid mixer lift shelves.

There’s even room to expand outside of the storage to include library-style ladders or built-in, hideaway stools to reach high shelves.


5. Glass Partitions 

Open concept living has been a major trend in the past few years because it lets you entertain a large group and watch your children play while you cook, though some homeowners have been craving a little more separation. 

A glass partition is a perfect compromise between the two, keeping your sightlines open while giving you the ability to close the door, so you can follow a recipe without reading the same step four times over.


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6. Pops of Colour 

The modern farmhouse has taken Instagram and Pinterest by storm! White paint, furniture, and light-toned woods have been a big ask, but we’ve all seen the behind-the-scenes view when they’re not kept picture-perfect. 

While it’s still very much in fashion, we’re seeing another stream come up with bold colour choices—contrasting hues, patterned wallpapers, and statement backsplashes. 


Bring Your Inspiration to Life

If you’ve been keeping up with the trends, bring your ideas to our award-winning team! We’ll help you envision them in your space with 3D renderings of your kitchen, whether it’s in a renovation of your current home or you’re building from scratch.

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