What can I say? We’re feeling good, hopeful even. It’s a new year, we’ve got an incredible January planned for you all and we are kicking off this first week of 2023 with one of our favorite posts…kitchen trends. This year, in particular, the trends just feel good, like there’s truly something for everyone. Or better yet, there might be something that opens up your mind to a style or feature you might have originally cast off as “not my style” if you’d only heard about it. Honestly, that’s my favorite part about trend posts and is really the point of them. We know that when most people hear the word “trend,” especially when it comes to an expensive room to renovate like a kitchen, there’s an almost involuntary repulsion. Why? Well, “trends” typically have a shelf life, right? But we know that when executed well, shelves can hold up for many many years:) And from last year’s predictions, metal cabinetry, double islands, frosted glass cabinet doors, and statement pot racks haven’t gone anywhere. So I hope you’re ready to get heavily inspired as well as be introduced to some incredible talent.
Colorful Monochrome Kitchens
How could I not start with the Homme Boys, Austin and Alex? Maybe it’s this happy yet not overly bright yellow kitchen that is infusing my brain with hope for a good 2023. I think if someone was to propose a saturated monochrome yellow kitchen, I would be hesitant to immediately get on board. But in the right hands (like with these designers) it’s somehow both energizing and soothing at the same time. That, I believe, is the direct result of going monochrome. Your eye is able to rest and gently bounce around to all the special details – the tile, the geometric shape of the hood and space above the cabinetry on the left, that picture window (and the view!). I asked them if they had any tips for someone who might also want to design a colorful monochrome kitchen and here’s what they said”
“We think the monochromatic look is done best when you fully immerse the room in the chosen color but change things up with a complimentary neutral and varying textures. For this kitchen, we complimented the bold yellow with a bright white and brought it through in cabinetry details, the countertop, plumbing fixtures, and hardware. On the reverse side of things, we chose the use of yellow in two ways- through the use of the color Dylan from Portola Paints saturating the cabinetry and geometric walls and the cadmium zellige from Zia Tile that has a color story all on its own.”
Next up is a kitchen the wonderful Joy Williams designed for the Southeastern Showhouse. Joy took this pretty blue and instead of using tile to get the monochromatic look like the Homme Boys did, she chose wallpaper. Not only is it a pretty option in and of itself, it’s a great affordable alternative if you love the statement of say, a bold marble but don’t quite have “a bold marble” budget. I also really love how she balanced the busyness of the wallpaper pattern with the lightly veined stone countertop and backsplash. This way your eye isn’t overwhelmed and is actually drawn upward.
For my last offering in this category, here is this stunning kitchen by The Design Atelier. What I love about this version is that it’s not entirely monochrome. The wood accents create just enough contrast to add depth but not steal the show. However, with that jaw-dropping blue stone slab, I’m not sure if anything could distract from it. I also love how this kitchen shows how even if you have a more traditional style, you can still get achieve this look. It’s playful yet wildly elegant.
The New Cabinet Cutouts
Sweet little cabinet cutouts are not a 2023 idea but they are having a moment and some people are going for a newish version…
Take Emily’s new beautiful farmhouse kitchen. She used cabinet cutouts to add that “farm/English” countryside vibe. But what’s extra special about her design is that without being overt, they are little H’s for Henderson. I love this almost secret personalization and stamp on this kitchen.
For a more classic take, designer Meta Coleman added them to all of the top upper cream cabinets. Not only do they add visual interest but they draw your eye up, helping you take the full space.
I also just love that tile and island color. This whole kitchen feels so welcoming.
But here’s where things get a little wild. Look at these incredible oversized versions by Colombe Studio and Charlotte Harris Lucas. Still a classic design but in such a fun, modern style! Cutouts never fail at adding sweetness to a kitchen in the best way. I think we’ll be seeing lots of new versions this year.
Dark Metals (We’re Not Talking Matte Black)
We love brass and we love stainless steel but starting last year I was noticing more and more the use of dark bronze and blackened steel. I have to say I’ve been loving this new direction and now it’s really making a statement in kitchens.
I mean look at this kitchen designed by Kosa Design! Those metal cabinets are the perfect moody contrast to those natural warm wood cabinets and ridiculously pretty views. But notice how the metal has a ton of movement. It makes them feel connected in the space given everything else has a lot of movement (ie. the wood and the stone…and that view:)).
I asked the designer, Luke Ferran, if he had any tips if someone is considering metal cabinetry, and here’s what he said:
“It’s important to consider the weight of the metal and that’s why we opted to wrap wood doors in a lightweight steel. The steel was chemically etched and treated until we found the *just right* finish.”
But if you aren’t renovating but love the idea of adding a darker metal then take a page out of a1000xbetter‘s book and get something like a pendant! You could even just get some kitchen decor in a dark bronze or blackened steel for an even easier accent. Can we also just take a minute and look at how beautiful this kitchen is??
Mixed Counter Edges
As someone whose never renovated a kitchen, there are some things that don’t think too much about. One of those things is countertop edges and if they should all be the same…
But if Amber Lewis says, “hell no!” mix up those edges then I saw “hell, yes!” FYI she didn’t literally say that. I just get that vibe when looking at this photo of a recent kitchen she designed. I feel like choosing the same counter edges is a quiet “rule” that I’m happy to see is loudly being broken. Aren’t you? Think of the possibilities!
Now, I think there are a few reasons why this is a good option. 1. It is likely cost-effective. Say you love the look of an ogee edge but don’t have the budget to do your full kitchen – maybe then just do the island like Amber did. 2. It’s a great way to mix styles in a kitchen…again like Amber did. This is a fairly modern kitchen. So by adding a detailed edge to the island, it softens the design and brings in extra character.
Now, Rachael Wilshaw designed this beautiful kitchen with two special edges! I love how these more classically traditional stone edges contrast with the rectangular tile around the range. There are almost too many special elements in this kitchen to point all of them out. But please note the mix of stone and wood open shelves. So good:)
“Handpainted” Florals Or Naturescapes
Let’s get decorative! Because people tend to be VERY careful in their decorative choices in their kitchens sometimes a beautiful choice, like a handpainted mural, is avoided. Hopefully, that ends this year.
I think this kitchen by Colombe Studio is pretty convincing. While every choice in this kitchen is a knockout (I see you tile floor), everything is in service of the gorgeous mural. I’m not sure if it’s actually handpainted or wallpaper but regardless it makes this kitchen. And if you ask me it feels pretty timeless.
However, if you don’t have the space or budget for a big nature art moment, you can always add it in an unconventional way! In this kitchen by Sophie Dow Donelson and Celia Bryson Design, that Gracie wallpaper sample hung on the end of the cabinetry is such a fun addition that’s totally unexpected (in placement and material). You don’t always need a big piece to make an impactful statement.
Large Scale Tiles
While small-scale tiles really hit the design scene in a big way last year, this year is more “go big or go home” which I appreciate in design and in life. And look, small scale is not out, marble is also NOT out, but it’s time to make a little room for these large scale tiles:)
Heidi Caillier can do no wrong in our book! When you look at this kitchen, there are so many special things happening – the lighting, that moody navy color, the stone, those stools! But what helps ground the whole space are those large sale stone tiles. Given that there are so many wonderful lines in the cabinetry and beadboard backsplash, having fewer lines in the flooring (with either smaller-scale tiles or skinny wood planks) helps to balance and ground the whole space.
This next kitchen by Hamran is a knockout. What a gorgeous modern, minimalist kitchen that’s only enhanced by those large-scale tiles on the backsplash. This kitchen and the one before prove that this “trend” works for any style. Also how great and unexpected are those blue pegs!
Large-scale tiles aren’t just for floors and walls…they work for counters and islands too. To be fair this blue stone used by YSG Studio is INSANELY cool because of the color (duh) but also the wonderful movement. I think that’s the key to why it works so well. You almost have to double-take to make sure that it’s not a single slab. Oh, and see how great the large-scale tile contrasts with the small-scale wall tile (in size, color, and texture). Just perfect.
Now let’s talk about THE kitchen island of 2023 – The Pill-Shaped Island. It’s modern in nature but can easily work in a more traditional kitchen with the right materials, of course. I think it’s just a pretty option, especially when you want to break up the shapes in your kitchen design.
This kitchen by Le Whit is extremely special and that island is a big part of that fact. While there are a few other curves within the design, the rounded ends of the island help to really give a nice flow to the space. And how cool are those ombre stools?
Even the son and daughter-in-law of famed designer Jean Stoffer, John and Maura, decided a pill-shaped island in their serene and chic kitchen was perfect for them. Here’s what John said when I asked why they went with the pill shape:
“We went for the rounded island to help with the flow of the room. We moved our kitchen into a small room that used to be a formal dining room. In order to have the island length we wanted, rounded off the edges helped with flow around the space. And for obvious aesthetic reasons :)”
The choice clearly paid off!
Antiqued Mirrored Accents
Are you surprised?? I clocked this trend a few months ago and now am wholeheartedly convinced that antiqued mirrors will but huge in 2023. Given that “antiqued” is literally in the name, this is another “trend” that’s not new and when done well, can stand the test of time.
Are you in love because I am? This kitchen by DHD Architecture & Interior Design from their Flatiron Triplex Penthouse project is pretty special. I think the use of the mirrors in the uppers is so beautiful and undoubtedly makes this space feel bigger but also textured. Please note the dark bronze hood;)
This use of antiqued mirrors is much more of a statement and wonderfully contrasts the more traditional design of the cabinetry. Now I know that when you hear “antiqued mirrors” you think traditional right? But here they look wonderfully modern in how designer Alessia Zanchi Loffredo decided to install them. These mirrors give you options people!
The New Neutral
This might be the biggest trend of 2023. Why? Well because if you are renovating it’s the most accessible since it’s really just a paint color. Yep, the new neutral says goodbye to a bright white or a cool light beige – this is more of an earthy, soft yellow/green. WAIT! Stay with me. Once you see these photos I think you’ll be convinced (even if it’s not what you would pick for your own kitchen).
Workstead is an EHD favorite lighting brand and design firm and I think you can see why. Their design walks the line between modern and classic, yet so so inviting and unpretentious. This kitchen is the perfect example of that with its warm taupe-y cabinet color. It’s neutral, a little moody, but still easy to work with a variety of other colors…like an orangey rust-colored island.
I also would like to call the pink and red stone trend now. It’s not on this list but it is on my other “watch list” 🙂
Maybe another way of looking at this is a “muted” neutral. deVOL kitchens know how to use color and this cabinet color (that to be fair leans more yellow) still falls in this category. It’s not taupe but it’s also not a true yellow.
It’s just a beautiful muted neutral that still feels happy to look at. But then again this whole kitchen makes me feel happy to look at.
Have you seen Sarah Sherman Samuel’s new show, Inspired Interiors?? Well, that’s where I saw this great kitchen she designed for one of her employee’s new homes. They wanted a California vibe in their new Michigan home and that’s exactly what they got.
This cabinet color has much more brown in it but still has the yellow/green undertone that this “new neutral” is all about. If you are looking for an earthy color this could be perfect.
Let’s go even darker and saturated. Now, this cabinet color is still in the same family but far more green and is so pretty. It feels modern but really grounded. The whole mix of a modern subway tile, a vintage-inspired range, and modern traditional cabinetry is so beautifully balanced. Studio BKA Architects nailed it.
So as you can see there’s a range in tones with this color trend but they all give the same vibe and feeling. Would you paint your cabinets one of these colors?
Two-Toned Colorful Cabinets
For my neutral-averse friends, fear not. This next one is all about color! And more than one…in the same room. We all love a white and black, white and wood, white and navy two-toned cabinet combo. But this year is all about taking a chance on color. Wanna see?
Can you believe how beautiful this kitchen is by Charlie Ferrer?? And by two-toned I really mean multi-toned. I love that they chose to go for a soft blue for the uppers and they go really saturated for the bottom cabinetry. Then to really up the happy dial, a mustard yellow island. I think because the top half of the room is visually very calm that this doesn’t feel overwhelming. It’s just awesome. I also will never not love a diamond-patterned floor (especially painted on top of wood).
Surprise! A double-trend kitchen by the talented Sophie Dow Donelson and Celia Bryson Design. First the “handpainted” naturescape detail and now the two-toned colorful kitchen. This one could actually almost work for the colorful monochrome trend too with all the purples. However, despite falling into these trend categories, I don’t look at this kitchen and think “this is a trendy kitchen.” Instead, I think this is a joyful, colorful kitchen with both wonderful traditional and modern elements. Also, look at the eggplant color and blue color. They both live in the same tonal world which is why they work so well together.
Whimsical/Design Your Kitchen For Just You
Ok, this trend may actually be my favorite because this trend is all about creating the exact kitchen you want, not worrying about what a future buyer might want or dislike. Life is short so why not have the kitchen of YOUR dreams right??
Bri Emery‘s INCREDIBLE new kitchen in her Upstate New York home is a breath of fresh air. There’s a chance if she would have described her design plan that you might be worried about resale value, right? But look how it turned out! It’s so special, full of joy, and in her sweet A-Frame I think this kitchen is an incredible one-of-a-kind gift to anyone who might own this home should Bri and her husband sell. But for now, they just get to enjoy it fully.
For this next kitchen, artist Hannah Polskin wanted to put her beautiful mark on her minimalist kitchen. Naturally, she decided to customize her kitchen island. With her unique design, this kitchen now has so much movement and joy. I love how free it feels and also what a statement it makes! Step aside marble island:)
Lastly, we have this boldly sweet and colorful kitchen designed by Catherine Earp. It is one of two luxury huts called Aller Dorset, located in the Dorset countryside of England. So while this isn’t anyone’s full-time kitchen, it is a great source of inspiration, showing that bold colors, patterns, and sweet details are worth going for if that’s what you are drawn to. How could you not smile every time you walked into a kitchen that looked like this? Impossible.
Ok, the 2023 kitchen trends have been called! We promise to keep you updated as the year progresses:) So what do you think? Any favorites?
Love you, mean it.
Opening Image Credits: Design by Workstead | Photo by Matthew Williams
So many beautiful kitchens in this post! Thanks for sharing. I think it’s going to be a great year for kitchens!
I like a lot of these. Seems like the color yellow, whether lemony or more muted, is having a bit of a moment here. Seems like a good time for a cheery color to me.
Loved this post! So interesting to see the new trends. I love the cut-outs and all the interesting colors!
Looks like the floral textile in the Sophie Dow Donelson kitchen is actually a piece of Gracie wallpaper 🙂
gosh, I actually dislike quite a few of these kitchens. some look quite dated already. others I love – the more colourful ones. the fact that the black/bronze light fitting is highlighted and it’s covered in dust made me giggle – my metal pendant above dining table is the first thing I panic-dust when I hear we are having guests as I always feel if it’s clean then the rest of the house feels cleaner too!
I totally agree on the dated aspect.
Fascinating to see all the different trends. I could never live with some of those deep dark kitchens. They just somehow feel dreary. Still interesting to see so much variety and not just all white kitchens
i agree. i’m not into the moody kitchens, especially if they’re overly modern. i don’t mind dark countertops, but don’t like overally dark kitchens.
Yes, lots of beautiful kitchens! But whenever I see anything by Heidi Caillier, I pretty much obsess over it and can’t even think about anything else for a while!
Bri’s kitchen is amazing! It’s the kind of place that’s completely unexpected but just somehow works in that space.
i’m obsessed with that one.
I cant wait to create my own “whimsical”, colorful, playful kitchen. I love these inspos.
You’ve done it again – A thorough and informative round up of ideas with thoughtful comments on how we might incorporate them (if we like them), into our homes. Eye candy served alongside brain candy! Appreciate the efforts you put into getting some of the designer comments as well.
As for favorites, I love the Hamran, Heidi Caillier, and a1000xbetter is always a favorite!
Coming from London, where tons of properties have been renovated with really big wall and floor tiles in kitchens and bathrooms, let me just say that I don’t think this trend ages well. It’s also easy to do in a really cheap looking way (as opposed to some of the more luxe installations pictured here, which are definitely using higher budget materials and installation types such as low/no grout). Further more, if your subfloor is at all uneven (which can happen over time in properties that are in certain geological conditions, esp. older/period properties) bigger tiles have to distribute a lot more weight than a smaller one so they crack more easily, esp on the floor. So be careful if you opt for bigger tiles – they have some major caveats!
argh, why did autocorrect make it “further more”‽ Silly technology
Use a floor leveler on the underfloor before tiling. Still, very large tiles can be a problem in some circumstances as you point out.
Oh wow what a visual feast full of some spectacular inspiration. I was practically salivating! As a color lover it is wonderful to see so many saturated spaces represented here and I love to see it being more embraced. I actually thing that the ‘for resale value’ kitchens are going to be the most dated style. The fear of some potential future buyer not liking what you like is a terrible reason to avoid what you love in my opinion. But then, a lot of it is just paint and we had a bright yellow kitchen in our last home and easily repainted it white before listing and had no problem selling so there’s that too 🙂
our last kitchen was sunshine yellow too and we also repainted white when we sold. twins! i miss that yellow.
Beautiful inspo and perspective. I will say, anyone who puts mirrors over their stove isn’t really cooking in there. It looks beautiful but what a nightmare for actual, you know, cooking.
The entire wall behind my stovetop is mirrored, and it does show every little splatter. But what I like about it (other than the look) is that I can easily clean it (and really know it’s clean) vs the tile and grout that was there before.
These trends are drab, depressing and mournful.
A kitchen should be bright and cheerful.
I think there is actually a lot of color shown above. Even the first kitchen is 100% yellow. Can’t get brighter and cheerier.
Love to see more mirrored, antique or zellige backsplashes. Considering either.
EHD team you have done it again! Yesterday’s google search “Kitchen inspiration” and “Neutrals that are still a color”. This post helped me make some key decisions on a little refresh we’re doing, and helped me solidify a paint decision I was leaning toward. THANK YOU. These photo examples were just what I need for deciding what can compliment our metal cabinetry. My gut wanted to go with an earthy neutral but I kept worrying it would not look right, but this helps me visualize it so much better. EEEk so happy to have a game plan.
Here we go: Colorful Monochrome Kitchens: I love wood kitchens best i think, but i also love color kitchens. i could definitely get on board with this trend. mine would be pink or that sunshine yellow! The New Cabinet Cutouts: LOVE this. Emily’s is my favorite. Those wood cabinets, swoon. Dark Metals: meh Mixed Counter Edges: I have no beef with this. But it doesn’t make my heart pitter patter either. “Handpainted” Florals or Naturescapes: Definitely pretty. Large Scale Tiles: I like it. Also, that dining table and chairs in the ysg studio picture are STUNNING. i stared at that picture just for that set for a LONG time. Pill Shaped Islands: I like them aesthetically, but I don’t think I’d like it to work on IRL. I’d feel like I would have to keep square edge stuff away from the edges of the rounded counter edges because they’d be partially hanging off. That le whit kitchen is GORGEOUS. that wood. the curved edges everywhere. that stone. that PINK hood! eek! love. Antiqued Mirrored Accents: I do like it. I’d like not-antiqued mirrors as well. I like mirrors in a kitchen. The New Neutral: It’s nice. That workstead kitchen in… Read more »
The dining table in the YSG project: YSG worked with Adam Goodrum to co-design the dining table, which is made from Tasmanian Blackwood and features castors for flexible arrangements.
“Like a colour wheel key to the home, its graphic wreath-like exposed mortise detailing connecting striped legs depicts the dominant shades of the home,” explains Ghoniem.
More pics from that project here: https://www.australiandesignreview.com/interiors/ysg-channels-northern-lights-in-sydney-penthouse/
wow, thank you!
Hit me with those pink and red stone inspo shots, please; we have two quintessentially 80s bathrooms in our new house, both packed full of wild (very high end, but a LOT going on) stone. One is mostly red/brown/cream, the other is straight-up pink. Will need to renovate the red one for flow purposes but the pink one would ideally just get a facelift!
It will be interesting to see if the monochrome/colorful trend goes mainstream. I think one of the reasons brown/beige and then grey/white became so popular is they are neutral so anyone can just move their stuff right in. The colors are very taste specific. For example I could live with the navy blue, but never the eggplant. I don’t see builders/flippers using these colors, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They probably won’t look dated as quickly if they never become a mainstream trend. On the other hand, if your kitchen has seem better days, why not just pick a color you like and go wild with it. I could see people doing this with all the white shaker cabinets out there. They are basically primer color already and don’t have ornate detail that would make painting difficult. Also, loving that little lamp on a stand in the Sophie Dow Donelson and Celia Bryson Design kitchen.
The little lamp: California Modern lamp by Albert Blake. Iron frame with a floating solid wood sphere. Produced in limited quantities by Blake’s company. https://www.esotericsurvey.com/2018/09/13/california-modern-iron-and-wood-lamps-by-albert-blake/
I’m not going to be doing any kitchen renovations anytime in the foreseeable future but some of these trends are ideas I’d consider if I were. COLORFUL MONOCHROME is really soothing because of the lack of contrast and tends to look sophisticated. I like the Sophie Dow Donelson kitchen A LOT although I wouldn’t naturally be drawn to that wine color.
CUTOUTS are vintage cute. “HANDPAINTED” FLORALS OR NATURESCAPES are a special feature for a high-end look. PILL SHAPED islands look cool and Euro.
The new NEUTRAL is not a color I’d choose (just not a yellow fan in home decor) but I do see it covering dirt well. I like the design of the deVol kitchen in that example except for the color. TWO-TONED COLORFUL CABINETS is probably my favorite trend besides the monochrome. The Charlie Ferrer kitchen is beautiful.
These are absolutely beautiful!!!
I will never have white cabinets again. After about 2 years they seem to have turned a sort of yellow color. I can scrub than sort of clean with a soft rag and soft scrub but they still don’t look as good as new.
Going through the images, I realized that I was drawn to the modern/minimalist ones and often opposed to the more traditional ones. This led me to notice that the disjunction between the two approaches is growing, compared to what we were used to. In the last few years of the farmhouse/industrial dominance, the two had come really close together: the neutral palette, the rough textures, the prevalence of white oak or light-stained wood, the handmade tiles etc were able to walk across lines. In these trends, we see greater polarization (didn’t you always want to use this word in a design blog??) with the traditional ones employing colors, shapes, textures, and complexities that would not fit with the modern/minimalist aesthetic. Does anyone else agree, or is it just me?
I don’t agree. I definitively find a lot of modern farmhouse style to be more traditional than modern. You could perhaps call it a contemporary farmhouse and it would be a better reflection of what it actually is.
Oh wow I LOVE that last one with the white and blue tile, the maximalist textiles, the cheerful yellow. I don’t see a lot of this aesthetic, I think this is one of the first kitchens I’ve seen that reflects my personal style of handmade-yet-curated, low-key-maximalist. The scalloped edges on the shelves are bit too “cute” for me but I really love that tile.
Oh and I didn’t even mentioned the painted squiggly island – I would never have thought of that in a million years but it’s so cool, I might try to DIY something like that on my current cheap & boring coffee table.
These designs trends are only for those who can afford to redo their kitchen frequently. Not for the average homeowner.
I guess I will not be trendy this year.
So many of these look like super high-end kitchen in multi-million dollar homes. Sure would be nice to see more focus on nice kitchen designs for those of us in normal sized kitchens and homes. My god, the ceilings in some of those mansions must be ten feet tall! Also, a lot of those kitchens look pretty ugly. I get a feeling that in a year or two the same photos will show up in a list of “bad kitchen design” or “kitchen styles that are on the way out.”
Here’s what I’ll say about that yellow/green neutral color: it was wall color of our primary bath when we moved in, and it made us look absolutely sickly at night. We changed it ASAP. I know this post is about kitchens and not bathrooms, and most people don’t spend a lot of time looking in the mirror in the kitchen, but most “inspo” photos you see will be shot during daylight, and colors act very differently with only interior lighting. Definitely do not put that color on the ceiling, or it’ll cast the worst reflected light ever onto everything. I *do* love that color in a textile or painted piece of furniture, though.
I loved this article! It shows such diversity in the kitchens and not the standard all white or all grey ones. Thank you. I especially liked the one with the mural backsplash as I did that several years ago and everyone thought I was nuts!