5 Top Kitchen Trends In 2023

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This is your report of the 5 top kitchen trends for 2023 to get excited about- before making any long term decisions!

While following trends may feel like a fleeting pursuit, when it comes to kitchen design, they often outlast their time in the spotlightAnd that’s good news – as 2023 predictions have some classic feels to them. Balance your permanent, expensive materials in your kitchen with a few trending elements of the decade. Look for the designs that reflect your personal aesthetic in the list below!

a warm white kitchen in 2023
source: Studio McGee

The Cost of a 2023 Kitchen Remodel

The finishes you choose, the scope of the project, and your location will dictate the cost of your kitchen remodel. Here are some loose guidelines:

  • Budget kitchen doing the majority of work yourself, painting cabinets and other minor upgrades: $20,000
  • Basic kitchen with no layout changes, some new appliances and upgrades:  $40,000+
  • Higher end kitchen with no layout changes but nicer finishes: $80,000+
  • Full scale kitchen with layout changes and upper tier materials: $150,000++

Will Remodeling Costs Come Down in 2023?

Prices of our countertops, cabinets, even the steel beam we put in our ceiling increased last year. And in the last year, renovation costs as a whole have increased over 10%, according to Construction Analytics.

Yahoo finance says expect renovation costs to stabilize in 2023. With some exceptions like lumber, the cost of materials are not projected to drop, but will hold steady. The cost of labor is a different story. The U.S. has a construction labor shortage, and a surplus of construction work needed, resulting in high labor prices.

The good news? The supply chain is stabilizing itself, meaning lead times for many materials, appliances and furnishings will decrease in 2023!

5 Predicted Kitchen Trends for 2023

The following kitchen trend report is discussing the following 6 features:

  1. Kitchen Cabinet Color Trends
  2. Kitchen Sink Trends: What’s Everyone Using In 2023?
  3. Waterfall Kitchen Island: Mainstream or Dying Fad?
  4. Arches and Curves In Kitchen Designs
  5. The Controversial Single Kitchen Shelf
kitchen trends of 2023 show warm cabinetry
source: McGee & Co

Kitchen Cabinet Color Trends In 2023

I love paint trends, because it is the one update almost every home owner universally has access to! Overall, we are trending towards warm kitchen cabinets.

Taupe and Cream Cabinets are the New Crisp White

The white kitchens are turning into warm white kitchen cabinets in 2023. Most designers acknowledge that crisp white-on-white kitchens in 2023 are feeling dated. The “new’ white kitchens are done in lovely taupes, mushroom colors or at the last, creamy. In general, all paint colors are leaning towards their richer, warmer counterparts. Warm white or taupe cabinets are a great choice for former cold white kitchen lovers.

We did a cream color in our own kitchen, seen below. This is a close match to SW Alabaster:

warm white kitchen cabinets

Below is Creamy Mushroom by Behr, a true taupe.

Greige kitchen cabinets are a trend in 2023
source: Jenna Sue Designs
greige cabinets are a kitchen trend for 2023

source: greige cabinets inside my scullery. Related: Get 12 gorgeous greige kitchen cabinet paint colors here.

5 warm white kitchen cabinet paint colors to consider:

  1. SW Alabaster
  2. Behr’s Blank Canvas (Behr’s color of the year)
  3. BM White Dove
  4. BM Simply White
  5. SW Anew Gray

Green Kitchen Cabinets

Organic earthy green is popping up in every room of the house. Sage, earthy or muted green play well with neutrals and are your best bet for using green over the long term.

Below is Farrow and Ball Castle Gray, a jade grey green shade.

green cabinets painted farrow and ball castle gray
source: Jenn Feldman Designs
Carolina Gull green kitchen cabinets

But are green kitchen cabinets too trendy? There’s no denying that green is having it’s biggest trend moment and showing up in every room of the home. Although green kitchens are indeed a trend, it’s not going anywhere for now. When designing your future kitchen, don’t think in terms of trying to outlast trends. Simply consider if you will love the paint color through the next 7-10 years. Life and situations change, people move, and cabinets can be repainted after a decade or longer of loving your green kitchen!

Dark and Light Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Organic, warm and natural wood tones and are big in all areas of home design for 2023.

Dark wood is a strong kitchen cabinet color trend in 2023. We have come full circle! Sophisticated wood tones in all shades are on islands and cabinetry, mixed with darker countertops, and sometimes even dark appliances! It may come as a surprise, but it’s only natural for trends to shift in the opposite direction after over a decade of Scandinavian-style interiors.

Sophisticated and saturated colors on the island like deep navy, dark greens, blacks and all shades of wood lean into the new bolder kitchen era.

wood cabinets in 2023
source: Brepurposed
dark wood islands in a kitchen
source: @blancmarineliving
kitchen trends 2023
source: @blancmarineliving

Helpful Tip: If you can’t paint your current cabinets, use items with warm colors and textures to help bring it up to date, like brass lighting or vases, copper pots, warm wood cutting boards, dark counter stools or woven chairs. You can keep your white kitchen and still lean into the warm and comforting trends with accessories.

2. Kitchen Sink Trends of 2023: Apron Style Holds, Workstation Sinks Rise, and Stone Integrated Sinks

Apron Front Sinks

The vast majority of homeowners aren’t looking for farmhouse styled homes anymore… that charm died (generally speaking) in the last decade. Whereas mason jars or the use of burlap waned, the farmhouse sink, also called an apron front sink, wiggled it’s way into mainstream. In 2023 it is considered tasteful design and found in all types of styles and budgets of homes.

Within all the kitchen sink trends this year, apron front sinks still hold the most appeal and continue to be the coveted choice! They’ve become more affordable in recent years due to high demand. It makes sense – they have a classic, seamless front feature that can go traditional or modern, are generously proportioned with a deep basin, and accommodate large dishes while looking beautiful.

our BOCCHI workstation sink with cutting board and dish rack

source: My fireclay sink

Helpful Tip: Stainless steel and porcelain continue to be the most popular sink material according to Forbes, but look into fireclay. This material feels and looks just like porcelain! We installed our fireclay sink (seen above) at a lower cost, and with less maintenance to keep it white. Nobody would guess it wasn’t porcelain.

The 5 best types of apron front sinks of 2023, according to Forbes:

Workstation Sinks

In our kitchen remodel we jumped on the workstation sink trend that was just beginning to heat up. After using ours for the 6 months, I can confirm it’s as practical as it is pretty!

our BOCCHI workstation sink with accessories

My sink in the photo above is a 33″ apron front workstation sink made by BOCCHI. I am so glad I went with this brand! The fireclay finish doesn’t chip, and it’s a competitive price in the world of workstation sinks. I was told it was an easy install!

So what is a workstation sink?

This type of sink contains various “work stations”, organized separately to remove the risk of spreading germs. These moveable accessories may be a chopping block, colander, drying racks, serving boards, even mixing bowls that all fit inside the sink. The idea is you chop and prepare food directly over the sink where it’s easiest. You also clean everything in the same location to avoid spreading germs on other surfaces. The larger your workstation sink is, the more accessories you can fit while sliding each one to the left and right.

a large workstation sink is a trend in kitchens
source: 44″ sink | Chris Loves Julia

Helpful tip: Speaking from experience – go as big as your budget and counter space allow! I regret we didn’t choose the larger BOOCHI 36″ workstation sink, as when you prepare food you want plenty of room. Using a protective grid that sits in the bottom of your sink is a must to protect your sink’s finish from scratches.

Marble Sinks

Stone sinks, especially marble, are trending in the lux kitchens of 2023. Integrated stone sinks (a sink with no overlap or seams on the counter-space, giving the seamless, minimalist look) are also rising in popularity.

a marble basin sink
source: unkown
marble sink is a kitchen trend in 2023
source: Devol Kitchens
marble integrated sink with a top
source: Booke Wagner Designs
a marble sink with double basin
source: Our Food Stories
stone front apron sink
source: Cella Jane

Helpful Tip: You can get the look of a marble sink while leave the anxiety behind by using an apron front sink with marble or stone wrapped around the frontside. The sink itself can remain your desired material, like stainless steel or porcelain.

3. Waterfall Kitchen Island: Here To Stay or Dying Out?

For the past years the waterfall kitchen island trend has been touch and go; generally seen in modern homes. But the crossover to mainstream has officially happened! Within 2023 kitchen trends we will see waterfall islands done in all types of homes and styles.

On a kitchen waterfall island, the island countertop extends at a 90-degree angle and flows all the way to the floor, eliminating the cabinetry island sides to give the impression of a continuing countertop surface. In reality, each side is separately put on, like the photo of our kitchen renovation below:

a waterfall kitchen island being installed
marble waterfall kitchen island with inset trim
source: Southern Hospitality
a waterfall kitchen island
source: Bria Hammel
kitchen waterfall island with black countertop
source: The Smitten Collective
kitchen waterfall island is a trend for 2023
source: Cella Jane Blog
sides of kitchen waterfall island with trim is trending in 2023

You can see in my photo above, we added thick cabinetry trim along all sides to keep our island waterfall from feeling too sleek. My stools and an affordable lookalike:

4. Kitchen Arches and Curves Heating Up

With the rise of Art Deco and sculptural pieces, rounded shapes, curves and arches are influencing the architecture in more than just the kitchen! Curves in design is considered “hot” for furniture, lighting, decor and architecture in 2023.

Arches Used In The Kitchen

The kitchen is an easy place to display this playful trend! Arched windows, doorways, and even arch details within cabinets are trending.

Arched doorways are an easy architectural upgrade that serve a practical purpose – a rounded off doorway opens up a small kitchen, making it feel larger.

Rethink an otherwise basic pantry door with a curved archway. Taking those rectangular edges and creating soft angles will freshen up a dated kitchen.

arched glass shelves in kitchen is a 2023 trend
Source: glass arches in my kitchen
arches in kitchen is a kitchen trend of 2023
source: @tanyakrpandesignco
arch windows in a kitchen
source: domino
kitchen arched door
source: Brooke Wagner Design
arch windows in a kitchen
source: House and Home
a barrel arch as a passthrough to kitchen is a trend for 2023

Below you can see we took the old narrow rectangle doorway and asked our carpenter to arch it during our kitchen renovation:

arched doorway in a kitchen is the biggest trend in 2023
source: our renovation

Round Kitchen Island

We are here for this unique kitchen island trend! Taking a standard boxy island (or just a corner cabinet) and putting a sexy curve on it, some fluting, and you are pushing the status quo.

curved kitchen island is a 2023 trend
source: Melissa Bonney
rounded kitchen island
source: Oak Design Project
fluted and curved kitchen island
source: Homes To Love

Is installing a curved kitchen island using such expensive, permanent elements risky? Sure – and that’s why it likely won’t be too common place and stay considered high design. A very rounded edge is easier to accomplish with engineered solid surface, and this is not as appealing to many.

Another disadvantage is price. Curved kitchens will likely need to be custom. The cost of fabricating the countertop will increase the price as well.

5. The Aesthetic Single Kitchen Shelf

Gone are the days we took our cabinet doors off for that farmhouse look (guilty!). And move over chunky open shelving. The aesthetic for 2023 is a single floating shelf. This isn’t made solely to house dishes… more for your favorite pieces of vintage artwork or to display an antique you adore. Love it or hate it, the single shelf will be big in 2023 and where many designers are headed!

thin marble kitchen shelf is a 2023 kitchen trend
source: eyes-swoon

This controversial kitchen trend was made wildly popular by Athena Calderone of Eyeswoon, who wowed the design world with an epic 20′ marble floating kitchen shelf in her Brooklyn townhome. The Parisian-style open shelving caught on like wildfire.

marble shelf in kitchen is a hot trend for 2023
marble shelf in a kitchen
source: Remodelista
the marble shelf is a kitchen trend
source: The Identite Co

Love ’em or hate ’em, these are some of the most stand out kitchen trends for 2023. f you found some inspiration, then I consider this post a success! If you liked this blog you’d also love to Shop Our Home!

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