Remodeling your kitchen can be an exciting experience, especially when you get to pick and choose the design and functions that will improve your daily life. It can also be a daunting task, trying to figure out what designs are currently in style and what will remain popular in the future.
With a multitude of design and functionality trends available, it can be naturally overwhelming as you pick and choose what you want to add to your kitchen.
At Custom Built, our mission is to provide Mid-Michigan homeowners with their dream kitchens and remodeled spaces. For the last 15+ years, we have delivered on this promise and built more than 100 kitchens for Lansing area residents.
Over the years, we've witnessed the ebbs and flows of change in design styles. As a result, we've made it a priority to keep up with the latest trends to provide you with the best possible options for your space.
Increasingly, we are seeing kitchens become a central gathering space in the home. Kitchens that serve more than one function are a trend that deserves a high level of design attention.
Modern kitchens function as gathering spaces to spend time with your friends and family. A beautiful design will invite you to spend more time using it.
In this article, you’ll learn about ten kitchen design trends that are popular for 2023.
1. Freestanding kitchen island with a furniture appearance
Kitchen islands have been a staple of kitchen design for years, but in 2023, we've seen a shift toward freestanding islands that look more like a piece of furniture.
These pieces have more character and personality to offer your kitchen than other, more typical types of island designs. While being a cohesive element of your kitchen’s overall design, they’ll also offer a unique accent point.
2. Different metal finishes
Rather than sticking to one metal finish for all your kitchen appliances, hardware, and fixtures, consider combining different metals to create an eclectic and unique look.
For example, matching black metal for your drawer hardware and sink fixtures with stainless steel for your appliances can give your kitchen space an interesting appearance while not clashing with each other.
Using 3D rendering software while you’re designing your kitchen will allow you to visualize how the cabinet colors match before you have a finished product.
3. Antique fixtures for seasoned aesthetic
Antique style finishes can be applied to a range of surfaces, from cabinetry hardware and fixtures to range hoods and backsplashes, allowing you to create a design scheme that feels vintage and lived-in.
By embracing the antique finish trend, you can give your kitchen renovation a unique and personalized touch that reflects your style.
Cabinet hardware is available in many different styles, sizes, and finishes. Selecting eye-catching, unique hardware can add a personal touch to your kitchen without taking away from functionality and storage space.
One popular approach is to mix and match different styles of cabinet hardware throughout your kitchen. As shown in the image above, the pull-out drawers have a much different style than the lower cabinet doors, producing an incredibly unique look.
The design in the image above shows both a half-moon and knob pullout hardware.
Another option is elongated, oversized handles that give your kitchen a one-of-a-kind appearance.
5. Textured glass in cabinet fronts
While using clear glass in your kitchen is a great design choice, many people have been turning to textured glass as a unique and trendy alternative.
A stylish way to enhance the look of your kitchen is by using textured glass in the front face of your upper cabinets.
Textured glass comes in a variety of patterns. The texture in the above image is called reeded. This pattern provides some distortion and refraction but not so much that you cannot see what’s inside your cabinets.
Other popular textured glass options include rain, aquatex, seedy, and acid-etch. As seen below.
6. Moody color scheme
In 2023, moody colors are set to be a major trend in kitchen design. Moody colors are dark, rich, and full of depth, such as deep blues, forest greens, and charcoal grays.
These deep colors are vibrant and passionate. They create an immersive and relaxed atmosphere you’ll enjoy spending time in.
7. Gunmetal gray instead of black
Gunmetal gray is a hardware finish that has grown in popularity in recent years.
While being darker than a traditional gray color, it is not nearly as dark as traditional black or matte black hardware finishes.
Gunmetal gray pairs well with a variety of different colors and materials, from natural wood cabinetry to bright, colorful backsplashes.
This versatility means it’ll be popular now as well as years down the road. Your gunmetal finishes will look great for many years to come.
8. Statement lighting
Rather than using lights simply as a functional tool for your kitchen, why not incorporate them into your design?
This can be done both with the fixture you choose and with the light-shine placement, to emphasize other elements of your kitchen.
9. Dedicated cabinet for your coffee
If you’re like many people, coffee isn’t merely something you like to drink in the morning. It’s a whole culture, focal point, and experience of its own.
Whether you have a simple Mr. Coffee placed on the corner of your countertops or grind your own fresh espresso beans and make an Americano in your Breville espresso machine, it can be difficult to keep these tools readily available every day and make them look like a part of your well-designed kitchen.
As coffee has never been more popular in America, people are increasingly designing dedicated areas to prepare it.
Placing your coffee tools inside a cabinet can give you the best of both worlds. You’ll have quick access when you’re running late in the morning but cabinet doors will keep them hidden when you don’t want to look at them.
A dedicated coffee cabinet is a balance between functionality and design that many people are choosing for their kitchen spaces.
10. Organic materials
Incorporating naturally occurring materials into the design of kitchen spaces has grown in popularity.
Materials such as wood, natural stone, and metal can be used in nearly every part of your kitchen.
From natural granite or marble slab backsplashes and countertops to natural wood cabinets, panel appliances, and bar chairs, organic materials can give your kitchen a connected and personal touch that is trending for this upcoming year.
The colors and textures of organic materials vary just as much as synthetic ones. No matter which design elements organic materials are matched with, there are options available to fit your desired style.
Next steps to remodel your kitchen with the latest trends
Remodeling your kitchen can be a thrilling experience as you select the design and features that will make your daily life more stylish and functional.
However, it can also be overwhelming trying to stay up-to-date with the current trends that will also remain popular in the future.
At Custom Built, we have over 15 years of experience designing and building beautiful kitchen spaces that leave an impression. We have a front-row seat to design trends as they shift and change over time, and we value sharing these with you so you can make the best choices possible for your upcoming kitchen remodel.
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Michael brings over 2 decades of building and remodeling experience to his position as the Owner and Visionary of Custom Built. Michael’s passion to make an impact on the home building industry has led him to serve for over ten years at the local and state Home Builders Association, culminating as President of the HBA of Michigan in 2020.