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2023 Design and Color Trends

Trends come and go, some we are happy to see come, others we are happy to see go! When it comes to your home, you want it to reflect your style and lifestyle, yet it’s always fun to incorporate some new trends. You can freshen up a room with small changes, layering in new items or textures, it doesn’t have to be a huge renovation or overhaul.

The kitchen has long since been referred to as the heart of the home. It sets the tone for the home, it is often a place where the family comes all together to catch up, share a meal, play a game, or host a get together. We want this space to be functional to meet the needs of our lifestyle, yet be comfortable and inviting. There are a variety of ways to achieve that in your home, let’s take a look at the trends for this year. This is a time to gather information, reflect, and determine what speaks to you and will work for your home.

Design Trends

Whether you are browsing Pinterest, Home Decor magazines, or wandering the aisles at your local home decor store, it is easy to spot the current trends. One of the best ways to determine the right design for your home is to start an inspiration board. You can use an app like Pinterest or go the old school route of cutting up magazines and starting a bulletin board. You’ll quickly see the styles you are drawn to.

One of the key words we are seeing for design moving into 2023 is “elevated”. Luxurious looks, sumptuous fabrics and understated elegance are in, and can be paired with any decorating style or preference.

This doesn’t have to mean unapproachable or fancy, this is design and decor that is beautiful yet inviting.

Many of 2022’s trends will be sticking around this year. Expect to continue seeing vintage looks, mixed materials, and pops of color. The kitchen isn’t a space to just be used, or just looked at, it needs to do both – functional and beautiful.

Farmhouse Elevated

The ever popular farmhouse style is sticking around, and we see it maturing into a classic, timeless aesthetic. If you are a fan of Fixer Upper, or any home renovation show, you have seen this transition firsthand.

Natural Materials

We are seeing the use of natural materials – wood, stone, linen, rattan – at the design shows and in the magazines. The key to balancing luxurious and liveable is mastering the mix of timeless elegance and modern simplicity. A space that is sophisticated and welcoming.

To bring this look into your home, focus on real elements. Furniture crafted from light or mid-toned woods. Natural rugs in nubby wool, jute, or textured cotton bring in texture and warmth.

Home featuring Natural Materials
Natural Materials at work

Expansive Windows

We can expect to see kitchens having large windows or window walls that slide open to a beautiful outdoor space, continuing the popularity of outdoor entertaining. We think of this outdoor entertaining space as an extension of the kitchen, a second room to be used as an open concept entertaining area.

Mixing Old and New materials

We are seeing vintage making a comeback this year. With the supply chain constraints of 2021 and the rising costs of construction materials, this trend makes sense. From shopping at a local antique dealer, to finding ways to repurpose your own older materials, mixing old with new is hotter than ever. This trend gives the opportunity to add a family heirloom or personal touch creating a warm, lived-in feel to your design. The kitchen and adjacent spaces especially become the perfect backdrop for vintage and hand-me-down pieces. This trend gives us the opportunity to bring touches of traditional style into even more contemporary homes.

Some ways you can incorporate vintage items into your design are:

  • Refinishing an old family table to be used as an island
  • Adding a Farmhouse table to your design
  • Utilizing an antique dresser as a buffet or china cabinet
  • Adding antique or period style lighting or accents to pull your design together
Updated Kitchen With Farmhouse Table
Old and new materials work together to create a beautiful interior

Go Bold With Materials

The days of matchy-matchy are over. From mixing patterns to woods to colors, we are seeing some bold trends in 2023. Some of the ways we see this:


From mixing up different wood materials to bold painted cabinets, the sky’s the limit when it comes to cabinetry options. We are seeing wood toned cabinets make a strong comeback in 2023, from rich walnut to lighter toned more natural wood. We still see the color combinations of wood + white, or white + a bold color such as green, blue, or even black. If you aren’t ready for an overly drastic change from the all white kitchen trends of late, you can choose to go bold with an island or butler’s pantry area as a way to dip your toe in this trend. Another option is mixing up the color palette on your upper and lower cabinets.

Bold Backsplashes

Mixing different tiles or materials in your kitchen to call attention to an area can really make a statement. Perhaps you’ve opted for a traditional subway tile backsplash in your kitchen, you can mix that up by adding a bold pattern in your butler’s pantry or behind the cooktop to add some pizzazz to your design. We are also seeing wallpaper backsplashes to create a focal point. One trend we are seeing on the rise in 2023 is natural stone backsplash. Carrying marble or granite up the wall, behind the cooktop, or around the entire kitchen gives a clean, streamlined look. This may be easier to maintain as well, not worrying about tile grout.


Using a complimentary but different countertop material or color for an island or built in banquette/eating area. We’ve seen material or color mixing in cabinets over the last few years with a statement island, an emerging trend is countertop material mixing. This trend may not just have design implications, but functionality as well. Butcher block may be best for chopping vegetables, stainless steel for food prep, granite or quartz for everyday living. There’s no wrong or right answer here – butcher block on the island and quartz everywhere else, sure! Stainless steel in your food prep area and granite everywhere else – why not?

Extra Large Hardware

Selecting statement hardware for your cabinets in a trend we are seeing in 2023. This is another area you don’t have to be matchy-matchy. Mixing up pulls, latches, and knobs in a bold size will freshen the look of any kitchen. Keep in mind the hardware doesn’t have to match the light fixtures or faucets, mixing metals is a trend that will be continuing this year.

Color Pops

Bold color is a trend we started seeing this past year, and it appears to be here to stay. 2023 brings luxurious, rich jewel tones, soothing greens, timeless blues, and warm earth tones. You can embrace this trend in small bites with a powder room wallpaper or paint, or an accent wall in the office, laundry room or dining room. Even adding accents of these colors in the way of art pieces, throw pillows, and decorations is a great way to liven up your space.

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the year in 2023 is Raspberry Blush, which is described as a “vivacious shade of coral tinged with pink.” Other colors of the year?

We expect all colors to have a warm up in 2023, even when using white and gray, we expect them to be creamy, not stark.

Pops Of Color Green2
Pops of green bring this otherwise neutral kitchen to life.

Function Meets Design: Multipurpose Rooms

The heart of the home goes much beyond cooking and eating. Whether it is because we were all spending more time at home, the transition to more flexible work schedules, or just wanting to make our space work for us, we are seeing the need for the kitchen to function as much more.

Primarily we need to have a well appointed kitchen to make meals, store our necessities, and have a place to enjoy a meal. Last year, designers predicted we would start to see inventive ways to make this room function for a variety of needs from working at home, schoolwork, long chats or family game night, our renewed love for cooking & baking, and of course serving meals.

That has brought about a few new trends for 2023. We want to feel like our home is a retreat, capturing all the emotions of your favorite vacation spot. Some ways to incorporate this trend, and the zen that comes along with it are:

  • Incorporating warm woods and breezy linen curtains
  • Embracing the trend of sumptuous sink-in furniture
  • Gather favorite objects from your travels for decorating


While the kitchen is the heart of the home, and the gathering place, sometimes we want to extend that, or create a space where prep can be done in a separate location. A scullery is a smaller scale kitchen, directly off or adjacent to your main kitchen, offering more cabinetry, appliances and prep space. This could be as elaborate as a second kitchen to allow the chef to prep food and wash dishes behind the scenes keeping the kitchen clean for guests. Or a scullery could be a large walk-in pantry with countertops and cabinets to house appliances out of sight.

Kitchen Scullery

Smart Technology

As technology continues to advance, the use of smart technology in the kitchen is expected to increase. You can connect appliances to your wifi and control them from your phone. Start preheating the oven, change the temperature or turn it off from afar. Touchless faucets are another way to incorporate smart technology in the kitchen, along with voice-activated appliances.

Storage and Organization

While the kitchen is definitely a multipurpose room, it’s also nice to have a place for everything and have everything in its place. When thinking about your kitchen design – whether you are embarking on a remodel, building a new home, or just daydreaming, it’s important to take stock of how you use your kitchen today, what you love, and what features you would like in your ideal kitchen. Storage and organization are typically a top priority in the kitchen.

There never seems to be enough storage space in our kitchens. Over the last couple of years many of us acquired new kitchen appliances from bread makers to air fryers, instant pots, or espresso machines. No one likes a cluttered counter, so having appliance garages, coffee stations, or other unique ways to house these small appliances is key. Pantries have been desired in kitchens for years. Many homeowners would consider a pantry a “must have”, and there are more ways than ever to get that extra space. To make the most out of the space you have, first take stock of what you’d like to store in the pantry and the design from there. A hidden pantry where you can house your bread maker, mixer, and all of your cooking essentials may be the right fit for you. Incorporating paneled appliances fits right in with this trend, hiding boxy stainless steel appliances. There are some really innovative ways to clear countertop clutter we are loving right now. From under counter stand mixer lifts to toaster cupboards and more, you can organize to your heart’s content.

If you are a coffee lover, perhaps having a dedicated coffee station in a butlers pantry or larder is perfect for you.

If you are someone who loves to entertain or just has a house full of people who like different beverages, a dedicated beverage fridge can help keep your refrigerator dedicated to food, and make grabbing a favorite beverage a snap.

Working from home? A charging station or tower is the perfect way to keep your gadgets charged without unsightly cords draped all over. These can be integrated into your kitchen design, or you can purchase tabletop versions to clean up the cord chaos.

Walk In Pantry

Seeing Double

Last year, we saw an emerging trend of double islands in the kitchen. Islands are typically multipurpose, serving as prep spaces, eating counters, sometimes housing the cooktop or sink. For busy families, they often serve as desks or afterschool snack areas. If you are working from home, your island may be your workspace.

With this much versatility it’s no wonder that we were craving more island space. Having double islands means you can dedicate one part to prep space with a sink or cooktop and keep the other solid for dining or work space. This trend does require extra space, but in return gives much functionality to your kitchen design. If space is a limiting factor for you, we are starting to see large islands with dedicated dining space. Gathering around the island is a great way to casually enjoy a family meal together.

Islands aren’t the only thing we are starting to see two of. Double sinks, ovens, and dishwashers mean double efficiency in the kitchen. No more stepping over your cooking partner or rotating dishes in the oven for a large meal. This trend allows for harmonious prepping, cooking, and cleaning. If you have the space and the budget, this is one trend we don’t see you regretting later on. If you have the space for a scully this is the best of both worlds – a hidden extra space for prep and clean up.

Double Island Kitchen

Renovate or Stay with the Footprint You Have

We are seeing the comeback of “cottage” kitchens. Just because your space is small, doesn’t mean you can’t have a smart, functional design. Many of the other design elements we’ve reviewed lend themselves to cottage kitchen style. Painted cabinets, open shelving, mixing vintage and new materials, making use of all available space. Taking those design trends and working with the existing footprint you have makes this a trend that doesn’t have to break the budget. Embrace the space you are in, restore a historic home, or renovate by reconfiguring your space to make it more functional for you.

Countertop Trends: Natural Materials

Natural stone finishes are having a big moment in 2023. Natural elements in general are being celebrated as we enter 2023. This ties into treating your home as a retreat, a place to feel calm, relaxed, and comfortable.

Some of the popular stone elements include travertine, marble, granite, soapstone, limestone, and other natural materials. It is easy to incorporate these elements in the way of countertops, but that isn’t the only way. Natural stone is suited for backsplashes, flooring, and coffee tables. You can also incorporate this element with handcrafted ceramics and pottery, stoneware, and dinnerware.

While you want to maintain your natural stone, remember there is a certain charm that comes with the use of natural stone surfaces. 

When your stone patinas, or even ends up with scratches or stains, those all tell a story of that fabulous meal shared with friends and family, the kids helping with dinner, or a family craft. Embrace the loved, lived-in feel that comes with enjoying your home.

While quartz will stick around, and remain a go-to for many, designers are predicting a growth in the use of beautiful marbles and quartzites with color and pattern. We also see natural stone being used as backsplashes, hood surrounds, waterfall islands and more. Utilizing natural stone in this way means your kitchen is your artist’s canvas. The unique beauty of each stone slab means that no two spaces will be exactly the same.

With the color trends leaning back toward rich and earthy tones, we may start to see a comeback of darker cabinets paired with muted countertops to lighten the space.

Marble Countertops

This elegant, natural made beauty is making a strong comeback. Specifically we are seeing strongly veined marble signifying a high-end luxury look. This sustainable stone is durable, immune to trends, and a great investment for kitchen and bath countertops, as well as flooring or accents.

Classic marble countertops like Carrera and Calacatta marble will always be classic and widely popular. We are also seeing bolder, richer colors of marble being on trend this year. When paired with a light wood tone or other shades of the deeper colors for your cabinets, you create a nice tonal effect that speaks of luxury and timelessness. 

White Carrera Marble

Porcelain Countertops

Porcelain may be new to the homeowner scene, but it’s been a long favorite for restaurants and other commercial spaces. You get the look of marble or natural stone, without the maintenance. Porcelain is stain resistant, easy to clean, and comes in a variety of patterns and finishes.

Quartzite Countertops

Quartzite is a natural stone, composed almost entirely of natural quartz. When quartz-rich sandstone has been exposed to high pressures and temperatures, the quartz grains fuse together to form a dense, hard rock. Typically, quartzite is usually white to gray in color with some variations from differing mineral content in the rock.

Quartzite has a similar look to many marble stones, with the natural beauty, veining and pattern in the stone. Because quartzite is a natural stone, no two slabs will be the same. With durability that is closer to that of granite this stone can stand up to heat, resist stains and scratches, and withstand normal wear and tear. It is a versatile stone for kitchen countertops.

Birmingham Kitchen Transformation Fantasy Brown Quartzite
Fantasy Brown Quartzite Kitchen

Full Height Backsplashes

Rather than utilizing another material such as a coordinating tile for your backsplash, an upcoming trend is extending your countertop material up the wall. Full Height Backsplashes give a clean, modern look to your design. You can bookmatch your veining and turn up the wall, making this trend not only functional but beautiful. This also removes all the grout lines that would typically come along with tile, making clean up a snap for a busy kitchen backsplash.

Cabinet Trends

Simple Cabinet Doors

These last few years, we’ve seen Shaker cabinets everywhere. We are starting to see an emergence of simple cabinet doors that aren’t Shaker. This is a slimmer, sleeker take on the Shaker style.

Flat Cabinets

With minimalism on the rise, and the desire for a clean, sleek look, we are seeing invisible hinge doorways trending. Think hardware-less upper cabinets, secret wine rooms, and hidden doorways leading to walk in pantries.

Technology advances such as push open and close doors or recessed handles have allowed us to move away from more traditional cabinetry hardware. This trend is all about simplicity and focusing on the cabinet rather than the hardware.

Shelves vs. Cabinets

Along the same lines of simplifying, we are seeing a growing trend of getting rid of upper cabinetry all together. Having open shelves allows us to focus on design, showcasing personal or decor items on the shelves, rather than focusing solely on functionality. This works if you have ample lower cabinets for storage, allowing you to focus on the decorative aspect of the upper shelves.

This could be multiple shelves or one single floating shelf, or a combination of the two, depending on functionality or if you are choosing to display artwork rather than use the shelves for storage.

Drawers vs. Cupboards

No more getting on your knees and digging around to the back of the cabinet to find the pan you are looking for. This trend isn’t necessarily new, but it is definitely mainstream now. Putting drawers under the countertop is a great way to maximize space and organization in the kitchen. With the capability of a full pull out drawer, you can store pots & pans, dishes, and more in a way that keeps it clean, organized and easily accessible.

Accent Trends

Statement Hoods

For years, we’ve celebrated Statement Hoods, and this trend won’t be going anywhere in 2022. Metallics such as Gold, Dark Metallic, Zinc or Copper hoods are a popular way to incorporate metals into any kitchen design.

Wood hoods are still very popular. Many cabinet companies offer a hood cover if you wish to match your cabinet style and/or color. For making a statement though, we see a contrasting color hood, for example pairing white cabinets with a black or dark wood hood. We are seeing a major trend of blue in kitchen design, so one color combination that comes to mind would be white cabinets with a blue island and blue hood.

Statement Hood in Kitchen

Lighting Trends

Last year we saw Linear lighting take off. This meant providing consistent lighting over a long kitchen island. This year, we are seeing Statement Lighting. Big, bold fixtures that are not just functional but fun. You may just have one large fixture over your island.

Layered Lighting is an art that we will see. When laying out your lighting scheme for the kitchen you want to think about task areas. What type of light do you need over the island versus an eating area or the general countertop area. You want to have the right lighting for the task without the kitchen ceiling looking like a landing strip. Choosing fixtures that compliment one another and mixing them up to work with your functionality can have a beautiful design.

You can mix things up with recessed lighting, pendant lighting, and even statement pendants to add a design touch to the space too. You can group multiple pendants in one area to add drama.

Linear Lighting over Kitchen Island

Mixed Metals

Mixing different metals is a newer trend in both design and fashion. Now it is totally accepted and even on trend. Mixing gorgeous brass and copper finishes with brighter, cooler metals like stainless steel and nickel offers the best of both worlds. You can pull this off by using antiqued bronze pulls, stainless steel sink, and copper pendant lighting for example. Polished-nickel faucets are a long kitchen standby, it is easy to clean, and looks great. But these last few seasons we are seeing copper and even gold make a comeback. With the vintage trend in 2022, it’s no wonder we are seeing a revival of copper in the kitchen. If you aren’t ready to go all out with a copper sink or sparkling backsplash, you can ease into this trend by changing your cabinet pulls or adding pendant lights in copper or gold. Don’t worry, nickel and polished chrome will never totally leave the kitchen design trend, so if that is your style, go for it! Seems the rules are out the window with this trend – brass, black, bronze, stainless, nickel, it’s all beautiful and you can mix and match as you go. Hinges, faucets, light fixtures, cabinet pulls, all opportunities to embrace this trend.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, it is a room we spend a lot of time in. For that reason, it has to be functional for you, and designed in a style that you will love for years to come. The average midrange kitchen remodel is $75,000, so you want to be sure the design you decide on today is one you’ll love for years to come. Whether that means embracing vintage, going bold with colors or accents, adding seating areas or a coffee station, start your inspiration board now!