Kitchen design trends for 2023

23.01.23 09:15 AM By Alex Rollinger

Welcome to our regular round-up of the key kitchen design trends for the months ahead. A strong wave of nostalgia seems to be spreading through the design trends for kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms this Spring.  Victorian-inspired chequerboard tiles, 70’s style scalloped edges, large floral prints in warm, comforting, strong shades such as raspberry, yellow and gold as well as dark greens and dark blues – the latter two helping homeowners bring nature into their house.  

At the start of 2023, it seems that trends in kitchen design are perhaps more fluid than in some previous period.  Maybe it is the economic situation, an increased focus on sustainability and product provenance as well as overall longevity but there seem to be fewer radical or completely new trends – more a hunkering down in an uncluttered, calming environment with carefully chosen pieces. And for those curated items, open shelving is extremely popular as a display area, whilst also helping to personalise the space.  

Reeded glass for the front of cabinets brings a nostalgic theme.  Storage, in general, is perennially important in the kitchen, with pan drawers and larder units leading the way, and the overwhelming desire to have a utility room to keep laundry and appliances out of the living area.  Also, on the ‘must-have’ list are boiling water taps and downdraft extractors, with extra-large sinks in granite or steel featuring strongly as a ‘very nice to have’. Sustainability is a clear theme, continuing from its rising importance last year.  

Plywood appears to score well on the sustainability scale, being both durable and hard-wearing.  Worksurfaces can be sourced in recycled glass and recycled brick rubble.  Aluminium taps have a very low environmental impact and are extremely recyclable, as well as looking good. 

Colours for Spring 2023 again focus on bringing the outdoors inside with teal blues, forest greens and other similar shades.  Complementing these colours are warm metallics for handles and taps. Islands, of course, continue to be ever-popular, although some are looking to large tables with drawers as a means of introducing an equally useful, but freestanding, item of furniture.  And in larger multi-function kitchens, rugs are being heralded as a cost-effective and practical means of helping to zone a space. 

Sources:  House Beautiful; Ideal Home; Period Living; Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms; House & Garden; English Home 

Alex Rollinger