8 Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2023

January 3, 2023

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Trends come and go like the weather. And kitchen design trends are no exception. Having just remodeled my kitchen at the beginning of 2022, and then finding out that some of the features of my kitchen are on their way out, could be very discouraging. But honestly, who renovates their kitchen annually? Nobody!

That’s why focusing on timelessness over trendiness will bring a lot less stress. So, while this post is all about the top kitchen design trends we’ll see in 2023, the emphasis will be on keeping them timeless.

8 Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2023

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Top Kitchen Design Trends #1: Long linear shelving

The past few years, many kitchen makeovers have included ripping out the upper cabinets. I thought about doing this in my kitchen for about a split-second and wisely chose not to. Not because I don’t love the look, but rather to save my sanity.

I knew my kids would not appreciate my organization method of beautifully displaying our dinnerware for all to see. Flashes of plates, bowls and cups (and yes, I mean plastic cups-they would not think twice about putting those on the shelves) randomly scattered across the shelves, stopped me in my tracks. I’m thankful I didn’t just start ripping out cabinets without thinking this through for a second. Someday. Maybe.

In place of ripping out upper cabinets, people have been adding 2 or 3 floating shelves for all the things. However, this look can become very cluttered very fast. Which, in turn, has caused this trend to get the boot quickly.

Instead of multiple shelves, one seamless shelf that blends in with the backsplash will give the space a more integrated, and clean look. This shelf can then be styled very beautifully. However, this look will not work if you don’t have extra storage space to put all the kitchen necessities. In that case, I urge you to keep your upper cabinets.

Another trend that’s making headway fast is to open up the space above the countertops completely. In other words, no cabinets or shelves. Just a blank wall. When done right with a beautiful backsplash this style can be stunning. But again, is it practical for you and your needs?

Counter slab along the back of the wall in a kitchen

Photo Credit:@mrcurtiselmy

Top Kitchen Design Trends #2: Zellige Tile

Out with the subway tile, in with the zellige tile. But before you go ripping out your subway tile, let me give you some peace of mind. Subway tile is timeless. So, while some are saying that the look is out, it’s more about how the subway tile is finished. In other words, grouted.

The current trend is leaning towards subway tile that doesn’t have a dark grout. But more of a seamless look, with a lighter, cohesive grout. Making this simple change to modernize your kitchen is actually very easy and inexpensive.

However, if you’re looking to redo your backsplash soon, an option you may want to consider is–zellige tile. Zellige tile is a glazed terracotta tile. Each tile has its own unique glaze, color and texture. No two zellige tiles are the same.

This handmade look is stunning with its beautiful coloring and texture. Every tile is its own unique piece of art.

Zellige tile with 2 cutting boards for top kitchen design trends post

Photo Credit: Brick City Tile 

Trend #3: Islands

As I mentioned before, at the start of 2022, I was entrenched in a kitchen remodel. It was something I had been wanting to do for quite some time and I finally tackled it over the course of 6 months. One of my biggest dreams for this remodel was a huge kitchen island.

I wanted plenty of space for our growing family to gather around. The desire for more island space has taken off over the course of 2022 and is expected to continue to grow in 2023.

While the traditional kitchen island is a bar with cabinets and/or shelving, look for this trend to possibly take on a new look in 2023. Many people are opting for a large table and chairs to fill this space. This still encourages conversation and a place to gather.

Kitchen island with wooden bar stools

Design Trend #4: Designer appliances

Designer appliances have been a big mover and shaker in top kitchen design trends for a few years now. And it’s not going away anytime soon.

What a stunning way to make a statement in your kitchen! While you’re still going to pay a little bit more for these beauties, more manufacturers are moving in this direction making them more affordable. Gone are the days of having to take out a second mortgage to afford a designer range.

Designer appliance range with pots and pans above it

Trend #5: Kitchens with color

People are tired of an all white kitchen and are ready to add some color. I kinda saw this coming and still chose to have an all white kitchen. Primarily, because once again, it’s timeless.

While the trend is moving away from it and wanting to add color, that is still doable with an all white kitchen. There are so many benefits to an all white kitchen: makes the space feel bigger; exudes a clean, gentle and soothing feel; and once again, it’s timeless.

So, if you already have an all white kitchen and are not wanting to redo it, there are several ways to add warmth and color. Add greenery or fresh flowers. Bring in natural wood accents. Add accent lighting. Allow natural lighting to flow in, by not covering windows with blinds or curtains.

Kitchen island with bar stools for top kitchen design trends post

Design Trends #6: Mixing countertops

Everything does not have to match. And that applies to countertops too.

A great way to add texture and dimension, especially in an all white or neutral kitchen, is to have contrasting countertops. I did this in my kitchen remodel and love the warmth the wood-stained island countertop adds to the space.  It contrasts well with my marble-toned countertops throughout the kitchen.

Butcher block center islands contesting with soapstone countertops on the surround is another great way to mix things up. Mixing these surfaces is definitely a look that will continue in 2023.

Center island with white bar stools

Top Kitchen Design Trends #7: Statement Range Hoods

Vent hoods have long been overlooked when redesigning a kitchen. However, this is all changing. Forget settling for a boring steel hood. Statement range hoods are now in. This includes custom hoods made from colored metal, plaster or even wood. You can explore range hood colors and textures online. 

It’s worth noting that while some people have been turning their hood into a centerpiece, others have been taking the trend in the opposite direction. This includes invisible hoods or disappearing ‘retractable’ hoods. Such hoods pair well with other minimal kitchen trends (such as the ‘no cabinets above the countertop’ trend).

A range hood in the 7 top kitchen design trends

Source: J Steven Kemp Architect

Top Kitchen Design Trends #8: Butler’s pantries

This is a concept I can back 100%. If you have the space to turn your pantry into a butler’s pantry, I highly recommend it.

Yet another change I made in our kitchen remodel. Moving all of the small appliances off the countertops freed up so much space. Removing the eyesore microwave above the range was a huge modern update in and of itself.

I love having the dedicated space in the butler’s pantry for all of these things.

Butler's pantry with retro microwave and toaster for top kitchen design trends post.

I hope you found this post to be helpful and easy to implement. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Drop your questions and comments below and I’ll get back to you soon.

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