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2022 Design Predictions

The designers of Kitchens by Oaks recently attended a virtual webinar presented by Pipeline by Delta Faucet Company. The event featured expert interior design panelists Kathleen Beall, Cheryl Kees Clendenon, and Sandra Diaz-Velasco, and architect Glen Coben as well as speakers Maris Park and Rebecca Goesling. Maris is a Color Material Finish (CMF) & Trend Specialist for Delta Faucet Company, and Rebecca is the Forecasting & Brand Vision Designer for Whirlpool Corporation. The session revolved around “The Return of Warmth” for colors, materials, and finishes in the coming years.

Warm, Neutral Colors

We’re going to see a shift away from cool grays to warm neutrals paired with lots of soft bronze and golds. Rather than stark whites, which have been popular for several years, designers will be offering a full complement of warmer white palettes for kitchens, bathrooms, and the whole house. Even though we often associate cooler tones with modern spaces, those designs are also moving in the direction of warmer color palettes. 

With these warmer tones, we’re also seeing an increase in the use of textures. As an example, the southwest tones and textures in this KitchenAid® Artisan® mixer elevate the appliance to an artistic touch for your kitchen counter. We love that it is fashionable and functional!

Kitchen Aid Artisan Mixer

Another great example of warm colors and interesting textures is this bath design from Sandra Diaz-Velasco, featuring warm tones and wood for a beautiful, welcoming space.


Metals are moving away from flashy, super-reflective metal finishes in favor of a quieter warmth that is subtle and glamorous. You’ll see this trend in everything from backsplashes to hardware to fixtures. This gorgeous Delta faucet embodies this trend.

brushed metal faucet

And metals aren’t just for fixtures. This stunning textured wall by Glen Coben shows how even black can be warmed up with muted metals and the right accents.

metallic textured wall

What About Color?

With the emphasis on neutrals and warmth, is there room for color in your interior design? Absolutely. Color is a great tool for self-expression. Tones borne out of earth colors — many a reflection of 70s trends — are being integrated into spaces. These colors are amplified, yet integrated and used to unify a space.

For reference, this is an example of a retro 70s color palette.

70s color palette

Kathleen Beall uses colors from this palette and similar ones to express individuality and draw people into this inviting living space. She maintains the warmth with soft white walls and a warm neutral carpet.

colorful living room

Truth in Materials

You’ll notice an increase in the use of natural materials, such as wood, in design as well as bigger windows to let in natural light in the coming year. There is also a focus on “honest aging” with natural patinas and aged leather. 

In Cheryl Kees Clendenon’s kitchen design, you can see the use of natural materials and light coupled with pops of brightly colored accents.


Responsible Design

Designers are also looking at responsible longevity. Faux leathers (for those who do not want natural leather) made of recyclable materials, composites made of food waste, and adding LED lighting are just some of the ways we are incorporating sustainability and responsible design.

Design With Emotional Depth

Overall, we are looking at physical and visual textures in flooring, walls, art, and other accents. Your interior design, including everything from hardware to art, creates a story. Hand-crafted touches that celebrate imperfections offer emotional depth and items that tell a story. 

Brizo takes artisan to the next level with its limited line of Vettis™ hand-poured concrete faucets. Yes, a faucet made of concrete! Each one has a distinct texture and color and is a definite conversation piece.

concrete faucet

Are you ready to return to warmth? Call us today to talk to us. We’re happy to help you visualize your new space
and bring the return to warmth into your home.