If you’re looking to update your kitchen this year, whether it’s small budget updates or a major renovation, keep reading to find out the top 10 Kitchen trends in 2023. This is your go-to kitchen design trends. You’ll find the latest in kitchens – everything from cabinets to counters, even the small details of hardware. Since I love DIY, I am also sharing lots of ways you can save money and DIY parts of your kitchen project. I know we are in a weird time – inflation is high, and we don’t want to spend a ton of money to make our home beautiful. If you’re also looking to update other parts of your home, check out my post on 2023 interior design trends.
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Trend 1: Cabinet Colors are Back
One of the easiest ways to change your kitchen is with the cabinet color. You can even paint the existing kitchen cabinets if you’re looking for a budget DIY with a BIG impact. Because the cabinets take up so much visual space in a kitchen, you want to pick a color that you’re going to love. White kitchens are becoming less popular. But if you want to keep light colored cabinets, go with a soft beige. Beige cabinets can be modern, or transitional.
Beige Kitchen Cabinets with brass hardware. Image Credit: Cove Kitchen by Studio McGee
If you’re looking for a dramatic color, both black and green cabinets will be very popular. These 2 colors have been popular paint colors in the last few years, and now that color trend is moving to the kitchen as well.
Mid toned and darker toned wood cabinets are becoming increasingly more popular. Pair these with creams, and wood beams to get an organic and natural kitchen feeling.
The Swan Lake Kitchen by Studio McGee shows how warm the wood cabinets can be. Image Source: Studio McGee
Trend 2: Marble Veined Backsplash Slabs or Islands
We are seeing a lot of dramatic marble veined backsplash. These so super luxurious. The most popular color scheme will be white with dark veining, but black slabs of marble will also be very popular if you’re looking for a more moody vibe.
Studio McGee Kitchen with marble veining backsplash. Image Source: Studio McGee
They are also quite costly. If you want to replicate this look on a budget, grab an epoxy kit and try to recreate this look.
The marble counters are also really popular in 2023 kitchen counter design.
Trend 3: Welcome to the multipurpose kitchen island
One of the biggest kitchen design trends that has taken over in the past 7 years, and is here to stay is a large kitchen island. Kitchen Islands are so popular because they make the kitchen a space that is not just for cooking. It’s also a space for eating and entertaining. It’s the focal point of the kitchen. A large island serves such a functional purpose for families who are rushing in the morning to pack lunches, eat breakfast and jet out the door! It’s easy to dump all the dishes in the sink/dishwasher. An island that faces a living room is great for the open movement of guests throughout the main level of a home.
One of the easiest ways to make the island look high end is to add a waterfall island. I regret not adding this design element in my home.
Trend 3: Floating Shelves
When you walk into a kitchen, all the floor to ceiling, wall to wall cabinet doors can make the space look heavy. This is why floating shelves have become one the latest kitchen trends in recent years. By removing even 1 set of upper cabinets, you can make the space look so much lighter and brighter. Wood floating shelves will continue to be popular, but we will also see marble shelving in 2023. You can also add some interest to the shelves with a brass rail. It’s these small details that make
Wood floating shelves with beautifully displayed decor. Image Source: Thistle Harvest
Trend 4: Organic Shape Tiles
If you want to update your backsplash but don’t like the drama of the marble veined backsplash, opt for an organic shape tile. This is a style that doesn’t have perfectly square edges. A really popular choice is zellige tiles. You don’t even need to put spacers between them. Softer shapes are really nice in a kitchen where there is a lot of angles like the cabinets, island and appliances. I hate to say this, but the subway style tiles are a thing of the past.
Blue Kitchen with stacked zellige tile. Source: Studio McGee
Trend 5: Door Profiles
Your style will determine what type of door profile will work best in your kitchen. If you have a modern kitchen opt for a flat panel door.
Shaker style doors work better for a transitional kitchen. Glass doors or reeded glass doors are also really popular especially with a few clean decor dishes and a backlight.
Display Cabinet on the counter with beautifully displayed dishes. Image Source: MyWestCoast.Life
Trend 6 – Hide your Appliances
Panel ready appliances are going to continue to be popular. They make a home look more high end because there is a continuous row of cabinet doors. If you want to achieve this look, you must buy a panel ready appliance. Also, work with your cabinet company so they can make a custom door to the exact size of the fridge. Don’t buy a regular fridge and expect to be able to add a panel door to it!
To reduce the clutter on the countertop, add an appliace station. This is a cabinet door that covers the small appliances like blender, coffee machine, toaster, etc. This looks so much cleaner and you can even make it a feature with a different style door.
A slide out appliance drawer for your coffee machine is genius! Image Credit: Erin Zubot Design
Trend 7 – Make your Exhaust Hood a Design Feature
Remember when we used to hide our exhaust in the cabinet above the stove? An easy update to bring your come to the current trends is to remove the cabinet and add a unique hood design. There are lots of different shapes. Make sure to pair the shape with the style of cabinets.
This hood is a focal point with the marble shelving. Image Source: MyWestCoast.Life
Trend 8 – Use the same wood flooring in your kitchen and home
When I was a kid, there was no way you would find wood flooring in a kitchen – both hardwood or laminate. But these floorings have come such a long way and are so durable! They are water and heat resistant too. It looks much more high end to conitnue the same wood flooring in the main level right into a ktichen, especially if it’s an open space kitchen. It gives the main level of the home a much more cohesive flow.
Trend 9: Enhance a Kitchen with metallic features
Polished Brass and nickel will be really popular in kitchen designs. These add a nice sparkle where otherwise, it would be a dull kitchen. Don’t be afraid to mix metals as well, like a polished nickel faucet and brass hardware. Classical faucet shapes are also going to be very popular. Modern shapes will remain a staple.
Beautiful beige cabinets with gold hardware. Image Source: Harvest Thistle
Another way to add more metals into the kitchen is with a brass rail on a floating shelf. It’s a small detail that looks really elevated.
Trend 10 – Display what you love!
Adding character into the kitchen can be tricky! One way is to have open shelving for your favourite items like plates, cutting boards, or cook books. You can also display your spices in the kitchen with a spice cabinet display. I love the added detail of the brass rail! It really makes this corner pop.
DIY this beautiful spice cabinet. Image Source: Erin Zubot Design
Closing thoughts on kitchen design trends 2023
Kitchen trends are always changing. I encourage you to think long term about how your home functions. Never add any of these elements if you don’t love them just because interior designers say they are popular. Take a few of these kitchen ideas and add them into your space to make it feel like a new kitchen!