If there’s one thing the pandemic has highlighted, it’s the importance of kitchen design. As the room in the house where most time is spent, kitchens in 2022 need to be multi- functional hubs of the home and include work spaces. Designs haven’t changed radically but the focus ow is on what clients want in their kitchen and the designs must work as hard as possible to enhance every detail and benefit.

Key trends – the inclusion of gadgets is paramount now with the Quooker tap, dispensing not just boiling water but also chilled and sparkling water and wine coolers being top of the list. Pocket doors are more popular than ever as they hide away appliances, larders etc and are particularly effective in more compact kitchens.

Kitchen design – open plan kitchens with an island are still on trend as now, more than ever, this design allows the kitchen to offer a social space that is always high on clients’ wish lists. Breakfast bars with stools are most common with a separate dining table nearby with comfortable seating.

Must have – one aspect most kitchen designs cannot overlook now is good extraction, especially as the kitchen is no longer just a cooking space. Coupled with layers of lighting and wine coolers these are often top of the wish list.

Colours & textures –  natural, industrial colours are on trend for 2022, with sprayed steel finishes becoming popular, along with real timber doors, earthy tones and copper finishes. High gloss kitchens are going out as darker, matt finishes and natural colours abound.

Worktops – the kitchen worktop must stand up to the rigours of day-to-day family living in a hardworking kitchen, meaning that Dekton and suede Silestone are increasingly popular. Veined granites and quartz are also seeing a comeback.

Storage – larders, either walk-in or in-built, remain the best storage, often hidden by pocket doors.

Follow these kitchen design tips, as suggested by experts and you’ll have a kitchen you’ll love this year and in 10 years!