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Curious to know what's big in kitchen renovations this year?

What's trending for kitchens so far in 2023

We’re a little more than halfway through 2023, so we thought we’d revisit and discover some big trends with kitchens this year so far.

Whether its changing up your kitchen's aesthetic, adding in smart appliances or scoping out refreshing new cabinet colors, here's some musts for your next kitchen remodel.

Moen's Smart Customizable Water and Touchless Faucets
Moen's Smart Customizable Water

1. Work smarter not harder with kitchen tech

Tech is a big part of our everyday lives, so why not incorporate it in the most used room in the house? Tech savvy kitchen appliances make things more convenient and even hygienic, add functionality to the space, and ease the flow of all that goes on in the home's hub. Some new appliances can be connected to your phone and react to your voice to carry out tasks. Take Moen's Motion Control technology for example, where you can connect your faucet to your Alexa or Google Home, as well as control the flow pressure and temperature with simple hand motions.

Cambria Style - Britannica Warm Backsplash
Cambria Style - Britannica Warm Backsplash

2. Make a statement with a slab backsplash

A slab backsplash exudes elegance and sophistication, transforming your kitchen into a modern masterpiece. Its uninterrupted, smooth surface creates a captivating focal point, drawing the eyes and elevating the entire space. With its sleek design and clean lines, a slab backsplash makes a bold statement, showcasing the beauty of natural stone or luxurious materials. Whether you choose marble, granite, quartz, or another stunning slab, this minimalist approach delivers a timeless allure that transcends trends. Let the natural patterns and colors of the slab shine, enhancing your kitchen with a touch of refined grandeur that leaves a lasting impression on all who enter.

Check out our blog from last week where we took a look at all of the trending backsplash styles.

sustainable kitchen
The Architects Diary - 3 Things You Must Know about Healthy and Eco-friendly Kitchen Cabinets

3. Get down to earth with organic elements and sustainable substitutes

Embrace the essence of nature by infusing your living space with organic elements and sustainable substitutes. By incorporating these elements into your home decor and lifestyle, you not only create a soothing and harmonious environment but also contribute to a healthier planet. Some stylistic elements seen are a rise in natural stone countertops, organic and eco-friendly materials, wood cabinetry and storage, and metal accents.

You can go even further by making earth conscious choices during your next renovation. Opt for sustainable building materials like reclaimed wood, bamboo, cork, and recycled metals. These choices reduce the demand for new resources and support eco-conscious practices.

By incorporating organic elements and sustainable substitutes into your home and lifestyle, you create a space that not only looks beautiful but also aligns with your commitment to preserving the planet's natural resources for generations to come.

House Beautiful - Kitchen Dining Island
House Beautiful - Kitchen Dining Island

4. Island time dining

Large islands designed for dining are an excellent addition to any kitchen, providing a versatile and inviting space for meals, gatherings, and various activities. These islands offer several benefits, including a social and open dining space with ample seating, whether it be for casual dining or your next dinner party, as well as serving as a multifunctional workspace for everyone in the family. If you have a smaller dining area or limited square footage, a large island designed for dining can be a space-saving alternative to a separate dining table.

Easily enhance and streamline your kitchen workflow with a dining island where you can efficiently prep, cook, and serve food all in one central location, streamlining your kitchen workflow. A well-designed large island can also become the centerpiece of your kitchen, showcasing beautiful countertops, stylish seating, and attractive pendant lighting.

Lastly, you can customize your dining island to suit your specific needs and design preferences. Choose from various countertop materials, seating styles, and storage options. Check out our most recent post here where we look at custom island cabinetry.

When designing a large island for dining, consider the available space in your kitchen, the number of seats you want, and the overall style and aesthetic you wish to achieve. It's essential to strike a balance between functionality, comfort, and visual appeal to create an island that perfectly complements your kitchen and lifestyle.

Sherwin-Williams - Redend Point
Sherwin-Williams - Redend Point

5. Warm colors all the way

Indeed, home design trends often shift over time, and it's not uncommon for color preferences to change along with them. While blues, greys, and greens have been popular choices for home remodels in recent years due to their calming and versatile nature, there is a growing trend favoring warmer tones. Warm colors can bring a sense of coziness, comfort, and visual interest, making them an attractive choice for home renovations. Here are some warm tones that have gained popularity: creamy whites, earth tones, rustic reds, soft yellows, blush and millennial pinks, muted corals, warm greys, rich golds and terracotta.

breakfast station
The Devine Collection in Stormy Sky, Tom Howley

6. Hide your breakfast

2023 is seeing a rise in clever and innovative internal storage solutions, and concealed breakfast stations are at the top of the list. Concealed breakfast stations maximize space and functionality while maintaining a clean and streamlined look. This concept is particularly appealing in modern homes where efficiency and aesthetics go hand in hand.

Concealed breakfast stations are designed to save valuable kitchen space by tucking away appliances and dining areas when not in use. This is especially beneficial in smaller kitchens or open-concept living spaces. They can be customized to fit your needs, incorporating appliances like coffee makers, toasters, and microwaves, as well as storage for breakfast essentials like cups, plates, and cereals. When not in use, the breakfast station blends seamlessly with the kitchen cabinetry, maintaining a cohesive and clutter-free appearance. Retractable or fold-down doors can be used to conceal appliances, making them easily accessible when needed and hidden when not in use. The breakfast station can also serve as a dedicated dining area, with built-in seating or space for bar stools, creating a cozy and functional eating spot.

These features not only enhance the functionality of your kitchen but also contribute to a cleaner, more enjoyable cooking and dining experience.

marble waterfall countertop and island
AGM Imports - Calacatta Gold Extra Marble

7. Marble is all the rage

Marble has been a popular and timeless material in home design for many years, and its popularity continues to endure. Its luxurious and elegant appearance makes it a sought-after choice for various applications, from countertops to flooring and decorative accents. And right now, using marble slab as your backsplash is one of the biggest trends of the year.

As a natural stone, each slab of marble is unique, giving your space a one-of-a-kind character and charm. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, allowing homeowners to choose from classic white Carrara marble to a more dramatic option like Calacatta marble. This versatility makes it suitable for a wide range of design preferences. Its natural veining and unique patterns add a touch of elegance to any space, whether it's a traditional or modern setting. Marble also has many functional pros, as it is heat resistant, durable and easy to clean. And as stated above, many homeowners are increasingly drawn to eco-friendly choices, and marble is a natural, environmentally sustainable material.

By incorporating these kitchen trends into your home,

you can create a space that not only looks beautiful but also offers enhanced functionality with unique storage solutions and efficiency with the help of smart technology. Whether you prefer a sleek and contemporary kitchen or a warm and inviting space, these trends can add a touch of modernity and style to your home.

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