Dream Kitchen Inspiration – On-Trend in 2022

If you are planning to create a dream kitchen in 2022, take advantage of one of the industry’s largest and most respected surveys of trends to use as a source of inspiration.  

Kitchen Design Trends

Key takeaways for homeowners in Colorado from the 2022 Houzz.com Kitchen Trend study include:

  • Homeowners investing more in their new kitchens than in prior years
  • Homeowners are demanding more private/enclosed spaces
  • Relying on professional designers and remodelers are increasing
  • Islands remain a top priority in new kitchens
  • Homeowners are splurging more on countertops
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New Year in the kitchen. 2022 is written in flour. A piece of dough, eggs and a wooden rolling pin lies on a granite countertop

The survey results mirror trends we see among homeowners along the front range of Colorado.  Almost half of the homeowners reconfigure the layout when creating the kitchen of their dreams.  However, open floor plans where the kitchen opens to other rooms in the home are decreasing.  The Houzz survey found that only 38% of homeowners opted for an open floor plan compared to 46% in 2020.  This is not surprising given that so many homeowners in Denver require their new kitchens to provide flexibility and serve multiple functions such as classroom, office, cafe, dining room, etc.  This places a premium on separate and enclosed spaces.

Almost 90% of homeowners from the Houzz study retain professional assistance to remodel their kitchens and that too makes sense, especially in light of the difficulty in obtaining products and materials caused by supply chain challenges and finding qualified labor.  


Countertops are replaced by 91% of homeowners remodeling their kitchens and quartz is the most popular countertop material. Again, this mirrors our experience with homeowners in the Rocky Mountain area.  Quartz is extremely popular because of its antimicrobial properties, it’s easy to clean, extremely durable, and comes in a rainbow of color options.  White is the most popular color for countertops, selected by 39% of homeowners, followed by multicolored (24%) and gray (12%).  Granite is the second most popular countertop material selected for new kitchens.

Nearly a quarter of homeowners (24%) building a new dream kitchen selects a countertop color for their island that contrasts with other countertops in the kitchen.  White also is the most selected color for island countertops followed by wood tones.

The Kitchen Backsplash

Homeowners in the survey and in Denver also invested more in their backsplash material.  Ceramic and porcelain tile was specified for 56% of new kitchens, marble’s popularity is on the rise, selected by 11% of homeowners.  

Kitchen Flooring

Hardwood remains the top choice among homeowners in Colorado for flooring, followed by an increase in popularity for vinyl flooring. Metro Denver residents with dogs or active kids may opt for Luxury Vinyl Flooring as it resists scratches and water so has much less maintenance.

White Cabinets for your Dream Kitchen

White remains the most popular color for cabinets, selected by 41% of homeowners, followed by medium-toned wood (12%) and gray (10%).  Gray also was the second most popular color selected for kitchen walls, behind white and stainless steel was the most popular finish for appliances.

Shaker continues to dominate cabinet preferences, selected by 64% of homeowners followed by flat-panel (17%).  

The Kitchen Island

Nearly 60% of homeowners renovating their kitchens added an island that on average was more than 7 feet long.  Rectangular islands were the most popular shape selected by 83% of homeowners.  The increased size of islands responds to the multiple functions homeowners in Colorado demand from their islands.  These include entertaining, socializing, eating, homework, and serving as a workplace.  

Please call any of our locations to determine how you can leverage the most common trends to build the kitchen of your dreams.

We have Four Colorado Locations to Serve You

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Denver
2324 S. Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 300-4400
Showrooms Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am-3:00 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Castle Rock
1375 Caprice Drive
Castle Rock, CO 80109
(303) 688-8279
Showrooms Hours: Monday by Appointment Only, Tues-Fri 9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am-1:00 pm *Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Colorado Springs
4557 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 596-9990
Showroom Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Arvada
Arvada Market Place
7390 W 52nd Ave, Suite A
Arvada, CO 80002
(720) 674-6880
Showroom Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

Call any of our locations or click here to have one of our designers contact you or to schedule a showroom consultation.