My Top Kitchen Design Posts of 2023

December 12, 2023

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As always, I’m sharing my annual year in review posts to close out 2023. This year was all about the kitchen. After completely renovating my kitchen in 2022, this year, I have shared all that I learned through that major project.

Before starting my remodel, I did a TON of research! So, in my design posts this year, I have shared a lot of the topics I found most valuable through all of my kitchen planning.

If you are looking to remodel your kitchen, or you just want to do a few basic upgrades, this post will help you get started.


Image: @inhonorofdesign

My Top Kitchen Design Posts of 2023

Dark Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Taking my kitchen cabinets to the ceiling was a huge change I made in my kitchen. This simple DIY made my kitchen feel bigger and more up to date.

Before we had open space above our cabinets and it always looked weird to me. It’s too high to put anything up there and that’s not really where I want to draw the eye anyway.

Extending my cabinets to the ceiling elongated my cabinets making them look more custom and much taller. I love the look! It’s so good.

But my old cabinet doors weren’t the look I was going for. So I easily changed out my cabinet doors and went with a shaker door style. I then painted them all white.

However, lately, I’ve been contemplating painting them a darker color. (That’s the one negative of loving all things interior design, I’m always looking for spaces to make changes to).

Loving this look by Heidi Caillier Design

Dark sage green cabinets in a smaller kitchen

SOURCE: Heidi Caillier Design

This article, all about dark kitchen cabinet ideas, really has my mind reeling. So many beautiful painted cabinet ideas. Those sage green cabinets! Stunning!

Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2023

My beginning of the year design posts are probably my favorite ones to write. I love researching what’s coming in and what’s going out. My Top Kitchen Design Trends of 2023 post was a hit!

We all love to see what to expect for the new year…especially in the kitchen. Look for “what will be trending in the kitchen in ’24”, coming in January. But for now, here’s a look at what was in for 2023 in the kitchen.

A range hood in the 7 top kitchen design trends

Source: J Steven Kemp Architect

37 Trending Kitchen Accent Wall Ideas

If you’ve been a subscriber to my blog for long, you know I’m a huge fan of accent walls. They’re such a great way to add texture and depth to a space.

Accent walls make a statement. Adding a wood slat accent wall to my kitchen was a must!

With 37 choices to choose from, this post will give you plenty of ideas to add one of these beautiful accent wall features to your kitchen.

Cobblestone accent wall in a kitchen for kitchen accent wall ideas

Image: @clearstonebuilders

9 Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen Countertops

Two of my greatest kitchen countertop tips: get rid of clutter and add lighting.

Put appliances away, if at all possible. Get them off your countertops and into the pantry or a cabinet. It’s amazing what this simple change will do for your kitchen.

Add lighting. Whether it’s under the cabinet lighting or adding an accent lamp, lighting will make the space feel warmer and more inviting.

Just these two simple tasks will elevate your kitchen. But for more practical ideas, check out this post, all about how to decorate kitchen countertops.

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kitchen with sage cabients and large center island

Source: Stephanie Russo Photography

Exploring Different Kitchen Styles to Find the Right One

What is the style of your home? Contemporary? Modern Farmhouse? Organic Modern? Traditional? And the list goes on….I have a great post all about finding your design style.

This post shares ideas for different kitchen styles. You’re sure to find a style you love.

A beautiful white kitchen for with 4 bar stools for different kitchen styles post.

SOURCE: Pure Salt Interiors PHOTO CREDIT: @vlentine

DIY Kitchen Remodel Checklist: 9 Things You Need to Know

Before starting any major project, it’s a good idea to have a checklist and a plan. When remodeling your kitchen, being able to see the plan on paper will give you clarity and direction. It will help keep it all in order during those times when it all seems overwhelming and chaotic.

This post will give you a great start to your DIY kitchen remodel checklist.

Large kitchen with kitchen island and a beam

Source: Living Stone Design + Build

4 DIY Kitchen Updates That Make a Huge Impact

In this post, I share the 4 things I changed in my kitchen, that made the biggest impact. Along with exactly how I did them. My kitchen wouldn’t be my dream kitchen that it is today, without these four things.

Kitchen island with a large artwork behind it

Although my kitchen remodel is finished, I’m always making changes. Be sure to check back as I share in January the Top Timeless Kitchen Design Trends for 2024.

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