Kitchen customization continues to be a major factor in home purchases, and builders and designers are taking notice. During the International Builders’ Show, industry experts discussed the latest kitchen trends for 2023. The panelists agreed that the ultimate goal for builders and remodelers is to cater to the consumer’s needs.

Here are the ten kitchen trends to expect in the coming year, according to our very own, Erin Hurley, Nanette Pfister of Epcon Communities, Joe Bonura of JBJ Construction Group and Bonura Hospitality Group, and Tim Shearer of Ferguson Enterprises:

  • Reimagined Islands – The kitchen island is the heart of activity in the kitchen, and in 2023 it will feature new shapes, curves, textures, and colors. Options include painting the island a different color, adding mix-and-match countertops, and extra seating.

  • Unconventional Backsplashes – Bold slab backsplashes are in, but so are more budget-friendly and methods like using wallpaper, paint, or just tile or stone behind cooking surfaces.

  • Patterns and Colors – Kitchens are becoming more individualized with vibrant stone, patterned backsplashes, and multi-tone cabinet colors. Homeowners want spaces that reflect their personal style.

  • White is Warming Up – Stark white kitchens are being replaced by more subtle whites and ivories. If you do still want to stick to white, we foresee an increase in the popularity of ivory definitely “not stark white” cabinets. It lends a softer feel overall.

  • New Hues on Cabinetry – Deep hues always give a classic feel that never feels overly trendy. Blues, greens, mauves, saffron, anything other than plain white. Lighter and chalkier shades are a new variation, too. Warm woods will be used to tone down brighter cabinet colors and give them a more natural matte finish.

  • It’s In the (Millwork) Details – Consumers are seeking more cabinet millwork detail than just a simple, Shaker profile, and more furniture style cabinets and islands. This is leading to an increase in the popularity of detailed cabinet faces and vent hoods, upper cabinets brought up to the ceiling, and crown molding throughout the kitchen.

  • Customizable Cabinetry and Storage Solutions – Homeowners want kitchen cabinetry and storage solutions that cater to their needs. Functionality is key! Trends include more lower kitchen drawers, peg drawer systems, recycling centers, functional corner cabinets with pull-out shelving, and more.

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  • Sinks and Faucets with a Softer Touch – Sink and faucet features are getting a modern upgrade with options for touchless technology, unique shapes, and integrated cutting boards.
  • Layered Lighting Solutions – Recessed, up lighting, undercabinet lighting, and highlighting features with pendants give you the option based on the need.
  • Purposeful Highlights – Customized niches, metal accents, and curated bespoke spaces allow homeowners to personalize their prep areas and set their homes apart.

The panel emphasized that the ultimate decision for builders and remodelers is all about the consumer, and these trends are just a guide for styling and model merchandising for new home builders looking to update their kitchens in 2023. Contact us to learn more about kitchen design trends. We design and merchandise model homes that elicit dreams of homeownership, set our client’s product apart from the competition, and help homes sell.