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What does 2022 have in store? In Design Psychic, our community of editors, experts, and tastemakers predict the trends coming soon to a house near you.

From a tonal emerald reno in Abilene, Texas, to a forest-tinged Nashville space to a Washington, D.C., project that went from builder-grade to sage—green kitchens were everywhere this year. Designer Stephanie Dyer even had a client go as far as to hand her a green velvet pillow and say, “Design me a kitchen around this.” The cabinet hue felt especially comforting these past two years as our lives were largely confined indoors. As we baked sourdough bread, it reminded us of sprouting buds in spring and leisurely walks through the woods. But as we look forward to what 2022 has in store, we’re ready for a fresh start. The next kitchen cabinet color that will hit it big? Pink. 

No, we’re not talking princess-y shades of fuchsia or bubblegum. Think: muddy rose and dusty mauve. We’ve been seeing these colors slowly overtake our Instagram feeds (Wit and Delight founder Kate Arends used Farrow & Ball’s Sulking Room Pink in her recent reno), and we’ve even gotten a few glimpses of examples from brands like Plain English and DeVol. Here are some tips for pulling off the next It color in your kitchen.

Pick Two Tones

The nearly white blush lower cabinets in this Plain English–designed kitchen help neutralize the muddy lavender island and wall paneling without giving up on a cool monochromatic scheme. 

Don’t Skip the Knobs

Paint right over your hardware for an instantly modern look, as in Orla Read’s space, swathed in Edward Bulmer’s aptly named London Brown.  

Upcycle in Style

When you paint an old vanity or salvaged freestanding cabinet a punchy color, it instantly comes to life again. Psst: Do like DeVol’s creative director and get your green fix with tile. 

Pair It With Blue 

Moscow-based firm Design Buro5 shows us how to truly color-block in this space with its predominantly sky blue cabinetry and unexpected rose pink punch on the ceiling.

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