Kitchen cabinet trends for 2023, according to designers


Cabinets remain a crucial part of any kitchen. Not only does this determine how much storage you have and how you can organize your kitchen essentials, but it has a strong influence on the overall design style of your kitchen. As we look to a new year, we reached out to designers for their thoughts on the next step in kitchen cabinet design. From stained glass panels to mixed materials, take a look at these kitchen cabinet trends set to take off in 2023.

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“I think we’re finally seeing the return of dark stained wood cabinetry in the kitchen,” says Sarah Robertson, founder of Studio Dearborn. “It works as a counterbalance to all the saturated colors in our interiors right now, gives a ‘been here forever’ vibe, and aligns with our aspirations for the comforts of our grandparents’ home!”

See more of this kitchen by Studio Dearborn.

“Stained glass cabinets were once a popular choice, but have fallen out of favor in recent years,” says designer Margarita Bravo. “However, they are making a comeback as homeowners look to add a touch of elegance to their kitchens.”

In a soft, monochromatic pink kitchen by Baxt Ingui Architects, designed for the 2022 Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, custom cabinetry by Taffera Fine Building & Finishes and Ace Fabrications feature leaded glass by Sunburst Studios.

Two-tone cabinets might not seem like an obvious choice, but they can bring depth, intrigue, and subtle variation to your kitchen. “Two-tone cabinets are growing in popularity as homeowners look to add a splash of personality to their kitchens,” says Bravo. “Black and white cabinets are a classic combination that can create a stunning look, while other popular choices include blue and white, gray and white, and even green and white.”

Kitchen design by Nicole Hollis workshop.

Unique kitchen cabinet hardware will play a key role in customizing the kitchen. Not only can it make your space unique, but it can amplify the design style you’re going for. For the kitchen at the Kingston Design Connection Showhouse in 2022, Hendley & Co enlisted Modern Matter for exquisite hardware, including red geometric knobs and turtle handles.

“Traditional details in the kitchen are back,” says Robertson. “But unlike kitchens of decades ago, they are infused with lots of light from large windows and a mix of light and dark finishes, resulting in a bright, eclectic and very personal space.”

Interior design by Studio Dearborn.

If you thought purple kitchens were bold, get ready for a bigger color direction. “Bright yellows, oranges and reds are all becoming increasingly popular as homeowners look to add a splash of color to their kitchens,” says Bravo. “It can be done with accent cabinets or by painting the whole kitchen in a bright color or adding wallpaper to accent the room.”

Kitchen design by Michelle Nussbaumer.

The warm, rustic look of the cabinets that showcases its wood grain creates an inviting atmosphere. “While we’ve already seen this in 2022, we’ll see even more natural wood finishes in kitchens in 2023,” says designer Hilary Matt.

She adds, “Whether incorporated into cabinetry, accessories or flooring, the options are limitless! I love the look of natural wood on off-the-shelf appliances, like the Sub-Zero Designer Series refrigeration, which can add sophistication to your space, especially when paired with other materials like tile flooring. patterned or a stone island.”

Kitchen design by Alison Giese.

“It’s a great luxury to be able to entertain in your kitchen, and having a space where guests can feel comfortable and relaxed is extremely important,” says Anna Zaoui, co-founder of The Invisible Collection. “Using warm colors and different textures to create a special space in your kitchen is a fantastic way to achieve this, which can be achieved with painted wooden cabinets with old-fashioned metal handles in copper or old gold finish. A vintage addition will envelop it, be it a pendant, chairs or copper pans.”

Kitchen design by Birgitte Pearce.

Mixed materials continue to grow in popularity in everything from stairs to kitchen cabinets. “Cabinets made from a combination of wood and metal are becoming increasingly popular because they provide a unique look that’s both stylish and durable,” says Bravo.

Kitchen design by Emil Dervish.

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