The kitchen trends that will transform our homes in 2023

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The kitchen trends transforming our homes in 2023Brent Darby, Neptune

Our kitchens have always served multiple purposes. The so-called engine room of the home where families gather, cook, entertain, work or simply relax.

“Homeowners are constantly demanding more from this room,” says Josie Medved, design lead at kitchen manufacturer, Symphony Group. “We want a stylish space that not only looks good but brings practical value into our daily lives – from clever storage solutions to islands, breakfast bars and more.”

In 2023, our kitchens will continue their hybrid role, as we take a fresh look at the flow and layout of our homes. Timeless white and an adventurous pink will lead, whilst the classic English country kitchen will inform our design perspective, punctuated with a more considered approach to kitchen lighting and storage solutions.

Below, design experts weigh in on the kitchen trends we will see in 2023...

The larder, plus

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Last year we reported on the return of the kitchen larder owing to a collective desire for a more organised home life. This has since translated to the growth in other ancillary spaces like boot rooms and utility rooms – or the combination of both in the 'bootility room' – as well as smaller adaptations like the breakfast pantry.

“A modern family kitchen demands plenty of storage. A breakfast pantry can be incredibly valuable when designed and arranged to suit your routine,” says Tom Howley, Design Director at the eponymous kitchen company. “They can incorporate your entire morning, from a professional coffee machine, toaster, storage for everyday crockery and a whole host of cereal options for the kids. The best thing is that once you’ve had enough, you can close the doors behind you, concealing all the mess and clutter until it’s time to tidy.”

In larger spaces, utility rooms are proving to be an invaluable addition. "A well-designed utility room can include a washing machine, tumble dryer, sink, a place to store clothes maidens, the ironing board and iron, extra storage for shoes and even additional pantry space,” says Tom.

2. The country kitchen

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"Country kitchens are sweeping the interiors world at the moment as people return to the charm of its more traditional and warming features opposed to the modern trends we’ve seen recently," says Jen Nash, Design Excellence Manager at Magnet. "Whether you live in a rural home or in a more urban location, your kitchen can still have that classic country charm."

There are a few hard and fast rules to a country design scheme, such as using shaker cabinets, employing natural materials wherever possible, and displaying piles of crockery and table linen.

"There are a number of other hallmark features to the country kitchen style," says Jen. "But with its grand yet rustic feel, a range cooker sits at the heart of most country-inspired kitchens."

3. The kitchen meets the sitting room

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This trend takes a fresh look at the layout and flow of our kitchens, introducing more opportunities for lounging and moments of relaxation.

“Create multiple seating areas within the space – some on the island, dining table, even a small area for chairs or sofa," says Katy Paul, Kitchen Designer at Tom Howley. "Creating different zones will make the space more flexible and will be somewhere you want to spend time in regardless of whether you are having breakfast at the coffee bar, sitting down for dinner at the table, watching TV, or reading the papers.”

4. Pink

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“Pink may divide opinion, however, over the past few years, this versatile shade has boomed in popularity,” says Tom.

Pink kitchens require a keen eye to avoid an overly saccharine outcome. Rich or chalky shades of pink can be a sophisticated choice, especially when used on shaker cabinets, and Tom even sees them as a viable substitute for grey.

"An elegant, more playful alternative to grey, it creates incredible warmth and an alluring appeal to a kitchen. Our brave new paint colour Pink Dusk is perfectly suited for our timeless designs. Pink Dusk is not like your usual bubblegum pink, it’s incredibly soft, charming and moody. You can use this colour across a full kitchen design or pair it back with complementary tones opting for a pink island.”

5. Layering kitchen lighting

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Left: Suffolk Kitchen at Neptune, Right: Bespoke kitchen by Olive & BarrL: Neptune, R: Olive & Barr

Many interior designers extol the virtues of layering your lighting, that is using table and floor lamps, wall lights, spot lights and pendants in a single space. This is to give us better flexibility in setting ambience such as spot lights for focused working, and soft mood lighting to transition us from work to home life.

“Blend wall lighting with a statement table lamp, consider a wash of light being cast over the floor with skirting height recessed wall lights, but absolutely do not think a single pendant light (however beautiful) will cut the mustard on its own when it comes to providing a strong ambient feel to your space because it won’t,” says interior designer, Benji Lewis.

Scarlett Hampton, co-founder of lights&lamps agrees. “Don’t rely on just a single overhead light,” she says. “Highlight any focal point features or architectural details with accent lighting.”

6. White kitchens

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Classic white will be popular in 2023, used to invigorate our kitchens and create a light and airy space.

“Timeless white kitchens will be big in 2023,” says Tom. "We have seen such a shift in how we want our homes to look, feel and function over the past three years. This is inevitable because of just how much time we’ve spent in them, having transitioned from the bustle of commuting to an office into a work-from-home lifestyle.

"We need our homes to feel that much roomier, lighter, and brighter. White kitchens do this perfectly, offering an energising, transformative aesthetic to any space and mastering the art of illusion, making smaller rooms feel bigger."

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