When it comes to the best kitchen trends 2023, it can be a minefield of ideas and designs. We talked to the trend experts to find out which kitchen trends will be big in 2023.
With cool new kitchen brands popping up and lots of innovative design ideas and clever twists on old appliance designs on display in kitchen showrooms across the country, there are plenty of on-trend looks and state-of-the-art appliances to pick from.
Kitchen trends 2023 – the best designs of the future
1. Welcome with a sociable kitchen
Activate the ergonomic benefits of curves to get the party flowing. ‘A rounded island comes into its own when entertaining, especially in open-plan kitchens with multiple entrance/exit points, making it easier for guests to socialize and encouraging smooth transition between spaces,’ says Shehryar Khan, director, Sheraton Interiors. ‘A curved island can also include a more expansive seating area, allowing guests to comfortably eat and socialize around the kitchen island.’
2. Make your kitchen a multiuse space
‘When seeking to create a family-friendly hub, it’s great to incorporate a bespoke desk and study area. A quiet but connected space for homework or for everyday home admin,’ says Caz Myers, director of Caz Myers Design. ‘Ensure the desk area ties in seamlessly with the kitchen design by using elements of the same finishes but with a defining twist – here the timber is dominant, for example.’
3. Add smart partitions
Don’t be afraid to disrupt sightlines in a modern kitchen – not every chef enjoys an audience. Opting for an open partition, like this mid-century-inspired installation by Muchmore Design, is a smart move. ‘Designed to work as a beautiful display as well as a functional room divider, it effectively bridges the feeling of coziness and openness within the contemporary open-plan living space,’ explains founder and creative director, Linsey Skepper.
4. Create unusual shapes for shelving
The kitchen should be a fun, interesting, and wonderful space. Gabrielle Akers of Aker Interiors created original kitchen shelving for this loft dating from 1925. ‘I set out to create something different and unexpected to soften the raw, industrial architecture,’ she says. ‘Introducing curves was paramount to bringing warmth and moments of surprise to the otherwise angular space.'
5. Take a quieter approach to interiors
With busy lives, homeowners are now more aware of their decorating choices and are aiming to find a balance between streamlined minimalism and luxury for their kitchens, which is why we will be seeing minimalist kitchen ideas soaring in popularity in 2023.
Internationally admired for his minimalist designs and monochromatic aesthetic, architect Joseph Dirand has created this elegant black and white kitchen featuring monolithic slabs of Breccia Viola marble. Fingi pendants in patinated bronze by Eric Schmitt introduce a softer line, as do Platner Collection chairs from Knoll.
6. Embrace a wood resurgence
Wood kitchen cabinets are a popular choice for those that love a timeless or classic look, so it comes as no surprise that we will be seeing more and more homeowners look for walnut and oak cabinet kitchen ideas in the near future.
‘The inspiration for this island was a 1960s slatted screen, owned by the client,’ explains Mike Fetherston, design director, Hetherington Newman. It was handmade using stained strips of walnut and topped with Calacatta Rosato marble.
7. Think about display possibilities
No space for a dresser? Glazed wall cabinets are just as beautiful and the display possibilities just as strong, albeit on a smaller scale. Steer clear of a fitted-kitchen feel by opting for a standalone unit that’s more focal point than functional storage – perfect for walls without windows. Fill with colorful kitchen ideas, with crockery and artisanal packaging as the mood takes.
8. Invest in a shapely backsplash
Why end a kitchen backsplash in a straight, horizontal line when curvaceous silhouettes can prove far more enticing? Here, Australia-based designer Tamsin Johnson cut swooping curves into marble, merging backsplash and cooker hood with striking sinuousness. Also explore tiled backsplash in fish scales and hexagons for simple shape-shifting surfaces.
9. Step up
Now there’s one more reason to celebrate high ceilings – the library ladder is coming into its own. Seen in all the loftiest kitchens, statement ladders are being embraced in all their vertical glory. ‘A permanent ladder is about so much more than accessible high-level kitchen storage,’ says designer Keith Myers, founder of The Myers Touch. ‘A beautiful ladder provides an interesting, eye-catching feature, while the metal rail introduces a punchy design detail.’
10. Go for pattern play
Traditional kitchens are making a play on directional pattern. Focus on areas such as cupboard interiors and backsplashes, advises Richard Moore of Martin Moore. ‘Used in this way, pattern makes a statement without overwhelming the space or detracting from the timelessness of the cabinetry,’ he says.
11. Decorate with color of the season
Carrara has competition – the latest natural stones are all about green, the undisputed kitchen color hero for 2023.
‘There’s a definite trend towards more impactful surface choices and we’re seeing demand soar for nature-inspired shades,’ reports Oliver Webb, director of stone specialist Cullifords.
‘From Indian marbles to Brazilian granites and even onyx, there’s a huge array of exotic green stones to be explored.’ The incredible bottle green, khaki and fresh lime tones seen here are courtesy of Cullifords.
12. Bring flooring up-to-date
Those seeking an alternative to herringbone or chevron kitchen flooring should check out mansion weave. Originating in 17th-century French mansions, this pattern is being revived for a new audience. While the latest incarnation shares the same polygons and trapezoids as the original, chunkier plank formats and pale timbers bring it up to date.
13. Introduce mirrored elements
An established backsplash favorite, antiqued mirrored glass is making a move onto kitchen cabinet ideas. In this home in Manhattan, David Howell, founder of DHD Architecture and Interior Design, used handblown silvered glass on the wall cabinets to bring the cityscape inside.
‘The room was set up to focus on the Manhattan views and the mirrored cabinetry was used to create an extended vista,’ he explains. Choosing mirrored glass over transparent also has fringe benefits in the form of concealment – there’s no need to keep contents neat and tidy!
14. Provide statement seating
When it comes to bar stools, bespoke maker Jack Trench points to a trend for more intimate perching in the kitchen.
‘This may be a single or two-stool perching point, or simply a more economically sized breakfast bar,’ says director, Jack Trench. ‘The trend stems from those with kitchen-diners, who are realising they don’t always need extensive breakfast bars in addition to a table. However, they do still want seating within the hub of the kitchen. This is where the kitchen perch comes into its own; informal seating for a quick coffee or checking emails.’
15. Create a lovely look with antique wood
As part of the trend toward less ‘kitchen-y’ cooking spaces, classical wood kitchen ideas are making a move into the kitchen. ‘Traditional timbers are being embraced in new and unexpected ways,’ says Katie Glaister of K&H Design.
‘For example, framing a beautifully book-matched kitchen island in burr walnut with aged brass accents recreates the look of an antique bureau but, elevated on legs, it feels less cumbersome and more modern.’
16. Go for glazed tiles
A tiled kitchen backsplash is nothing new, but there will be a shift away from matt finishes and towards gloss. A glazed tile is not just easy to clean – it will also reflect the light around the room, with effective results regardless of the color.
Interior designer Natalia Miyar has these richly hued green kitchen tiles handmade in Florence. 'Paired with the rustic wood and marble work surfaces, they create a really beautiful contrast with the earthy colors, as well as adding different layers of texture to the space,' she explains. You don't need to use a saturated shade to enjoy the full impact.
For a more muted look, choose glazed white tiles, which will certainly make the most of the natural light. Zelliges will also remain a popular choice. Handcrafted in Morocco, these distinctive glazed clay tiles, with their irregular surface and varying tones, bring texture and artisan character to a scheme.
17. Mix vintage with antiques
Future kitchen trends are about dispelling any notions of a show home, and introducing some antique or vintage furniture into a kitchen has the immediate effect of creating a warm, lived-in home environment. Farmhouse kitchen furniture in the form of a scrubbed kitchen table or dresser is the obvious choice for a traditional look. Timeless, built to last and often inexpensive to find at vintage fairs, antique pieces will introduce character to a new space.
This design by Ben Pentreath was a 21st-century take on a Welsh farmhouse kitchen. Simple joinery, including a large larder cupboard and open shelves, combines with a butler's sink, Delft tiles, period-style lighting and antique furniture to create a timeless feel, perfectly in keeping with the house's architectural style.
18. Break up your space with partitions
After years of breaking down walls to create large open-plan rooms, over recent times we've come to appreciate the benefits of being able to close the door and escape the soundtrack of the entire house. A glazed partition can split spaces without compromising on light or the feeling of togetherness. It also has the advantage of helping to contain smells in the kitchen area.
In his own home, Thomas Cox, co-founder of Ham Interiors, replaced the wall between the kitchen and sitting room with a reclaimed Georgian shop front. 'We like to use glazed partitions as they define area and create the illusion of space without having to be fully open plan,' he explains. 'If the existing kitchen layout won't allow for a fully glazed wall then a smaller glazed panel can enhance a space; it offers architectural interest and is also useful in providing a backdrop for a piece of furniture.'
19. Make a statement with metal
While they are generally considered something of a necessary evil in the UK, the American approach to extractor hoods has long been more celebratory, with custom-made designs in unusual finishes making strong and defining statements in kitchens across the land. This kitchen trend looks set to take off in a big way, too, especially in eye-catching metal surfaces.
'Aesthetically, adding a striking extractor canopy to a kitchen scheme is a chance to interrupt with shape and sculpture all the angular lines of cabinets and panels,' says Bruce Hodgson of Somerset-based Artichoke Ltd. 'This etched zinc extractor canopy is made using specialist crafts and traditional materials, throwing a spotlight on our handmade values as well as a nod to the past.
20. Focus on layered lighting
Lighting in a kitchen is always a challenge to get right but the art of layering will be key to designing kitchens successfully going forward. The reality is you only need a certain amount of task lighting in specific preparation areas, too many downlighters and the kitchen ceiling ends up looking rather like a landing strip.
New York-based Steven Gambrel Inc. is known for its sophisticated interiors. Having originally trained as an architect, he's a master at considering how kitchen lighting, kitchen layout, and functionality create a sense of place in a room. In this family kitchen for a recently built beach house in East Hampton, Long Island, he's made a feature of the lighting, introducing two sets of bold pendants. In a large, open-plan kitchen space, choosing two such different designs adds character but also helps define the distinctive areas within the room.
21. Add interest with a single shelf
With so much going on in kitchens, the risk of a visual overload is always high. Those searching for a more restrained look will need to focus on colors, which should be kept simple, and thinking about leaving wall space bare.
In this design for a house in Hudson, New York, by General Assembly, a single shelf has been used in place of wall-hung kitchen cabinets resulting in a relaxed and unfussy look. 'We grouped a full-height pantry with the fridge to give us the possibility of removing upper storage,' explains Colin Stief. 'The shelf is used in the place of cupboards to give the concrete backsplash a place to end and a visual break to the monochromatic scheme.' As always, when working with open kitchen storage, a curated display is essential. Some designers choose to use a single open shelf for artwork rather than kitchenalia to elevate the room.
22. Evoke nature with natural elements
The use of natural materials has increased considerably during the pandemic and will strengthen in appeal as marble, granite and unpainted wood kitchen cabinets become a firm fixture. Not only do they have a rich aesthetic quality, but they are increasingly being recognized for their health benefits (reducing the amount of chemically treated items in the home).
With this beautiful design, Californian decorator Ohara Davies-Geatano of ODG Interiors demonstrates how the materials add warmth and depth to a kitchen. 'The cabinetry is cerused oak, which is incredibly durable and provides wonderful texture,' she says. 'I love how the timber highlights the depth of the limestone backsplash. The basket-style pendants introduce another layer – their scale gives great balance to the overall design. As the materiality of the space is so tonal, the addition of the floating wood shelves enabled moments of curation.'
23. Keep storage concealed
Small space living gives way to even more kitchen innovation, like the small kitchen above. This chic open-plan space conceals the cooking area with chameleon-like skill, allowing the focus to be on entertaining.
Maximize the feeling of spaciousness by uniting cooking, dining and relaxing into one glorious, light-filled room. Here an uninviting and small kitchen was demolished in favour of a big living room with the kitchen tucked discreetly at one end.
The layout is flexible so it transitions from a kitchen to a dining room to a living area in an effortless way. The cooking space is as invisible as possible, with door panels looking like decorative wall finishings.
All doors are hidden, with fingerprint sensors that allow them to open and close in a smooth a manner.
24. Introduce mesh details
Bespoke kitchen specialist Davonport has added a burnished wire mesh cupboard door to its design portfolio. Teamed with diamond-cut brass handles, the look makes for a sophisticated twist on industrial style.
25. Use materials in surprising ways
Theres something free-ing about having a kitchen that doesn't feel 'off the shelf'. Even if some elements like cabinetry and appliances need to be standardized, think about adding character with practical elements sourced elsewhere.
This sink area features a rustic shelf to display pottery and a narrow geometric backsplash made of brass sits behind, creating an unusual vignette and wall decor for the kitchen.
26. Be brave with color contrasts
Picking two shades on opposite sides of the color wheel, like pink and green, will achieve bold contrasts. Here the Classic English kitchen by deVOL is painted in a Farrow & Ball green and a custom pink.
27.Opt for a fresh take on fifties design
Bright white kitchens contrast with rich timbers and soft curves to lend a modern mid-century flair to modern kitchens.
Dark walnut cabinetry works to keep the look simple with smart bespoke detailing. Tall white cabinets and light marble backsplashes and countertops draw the eye up creating an illusion of space, keeping the look fresh and of the moment.
28. Embrace the sink skirt revival
Once considered outdated and frumpy, the sink skirt is back in fashion creating opportunity for texture and pattern, softening kitchen schemes and adding a touch of nostalgia.
The idea is based around replacing the base cabinet doors underneath the sink with pleated curtains, often suspended on a decorative rod. Here is an opportunity for an element that can be updated often – on trend gingham, tactile untreated linen or pale pink stripes amongst bold colors like Beata Heuman.
29. Marvel at marble
It’s the time of strongly veined marble, the busier the better for unmissable luxury and next-level style. If there’s one thing that’s storming the style charts and shaking up interiors, it’s the return of marble.
As an architect Natalia Miyar has a great passion for materiality and uses the finest, high quality materials in her design schemes. She says ‘heavily veined marble is making a significant comeback in the design world and has become synonymous with high-end luxury.’ A popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms, it is also highly sustainable; its durability, classic attributes and ability to withstand passing trends makes it a good investment and good choice for kitchen flooring.
Marbles with naturally strong veining add statement value and create a textural contract between other polished surfaces, metals and woods. Within a kitchen, Natalia uses marble to create an eye-catching sink or a kitchen island.
30. Wow with wood finishes
Out of fashion for a while, wood is now enjoying a bit of a revival. These kitchen cabinets use subtle-grained ash, paler than oak or walnut, to pick out the warm tones in manmade stone.
31. Dramatize with black
Black kitchen ideas are having something of a moment. Often overlooked as purely an 'accent' color, black walls, cabinetry and work surfaces are having something of a moment. Black becomes liveable, luxe and inviting, with textured woods adding rustic, homely charm.
32. Curate with color
Throw the rulebook out of the window in favor of unexpected paint-color pairings. Kitchens are rife with color opportunities, from appliances and flooring, to window treatments, kitchen tile ideas and cabinets.
Start by deciding how much of a permanent commitment you are willing to make. One of easiest and least expensive options is to change your kitchen styling or paint a wall because either can be easily updated should you tire of it. Choosing color is such a personal experience. In fact, no one knows for sure whether we all even see the myriad shades in the same way.
Mark Wilkinson, founder of Mark Wilkinson Furniture, believes that the colors we choose automatically are naturally influenced by current fashions. 'The color in a kitchen – be it on walls or fittings – should last for at least five years, minimum, so try to look beyond immediate trends and choose a kitchen color scheme that will keep you feeling good long term,' he advises.
33. Impress with statement lighting
Far from the drama of what you would expect from 'statement' lighting, the latest collection of pendants from Original BTC are quietly show-stopping. The Drop series follows the journey of a droplet of water through the air and this bone china light captures the moment when it flattens as it hits the ground.
Designed 20 years ago, it was initially pulled from the range because it proved too technically challenging to make. But, thanks to new developments, it has finally made a long-awaited appearance.
34. Double up with your islands
With the move towards larger kitchens, in open plan spaces, the kitchen island has become an essential kitchen feature. New double kitchen island ideas, such as opting for a pair of island units, has become the last work in luxury - an expansive addition for when space is no object.
35. Modernize with handleless designs
The latest modern designs are all about multi-tasking, free-flowing designs with a paired-back look. Technological advances in push-open and close doors mean that it has become possible to dispense with handles in both wall and base cabinets.
If you prefer not to have push-open cupboards, then recessed handles provide the same sleek look and can be lined with contrasting colors and materials to add interest.
'Handleless kitchen cabinets are one of the biggest trends for 2023 for a more pared-back, streamlined look. It’s all about simplicity and a focus on cabinetry details,' explains Busola Evans, Kitchen and Bathroom Supplement Editor.