Color, Countertop and Tile Ideas

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Color, Countertop and Tile Ideas

Ryan Garvin

When designing your dream kitchen, it’s important to balance timeless features with playful colors, patterns and textures that reflect your personality and design aesthetic. You might not want to renovate your kitchen every year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t creative ways to make your space feel fresh and modern. We spoke to interior designers and kitchen experts who shared theirs top kitchen trends for 2023and touch on everything from cabinet colors and kitchen lighting ideas to design styles they like.

At this point, 2023 is just around the corner and these design experts are looking ahead to trends and styles that will define the new year. For kitchen countertops, they see both natural and expressive stones. For paint colors, pros love dusty greens and blues, as well as soft shades like terracotta and natural browns. But, don’t worry: bold patterns are not out. As you scroll, you’ll see a surge of gold hardware — but matte black and copper also pop around.

Change out your backsplash tile (dare we suggest something vibrant), add a fresh coat of paint to your kitchen island or layer in handcrafted artisan details – all of which can be completed in a few hours. As much as we love a hot trend, we’ll leave you with this message from interior designer Kate Lester: “Focus more on what the space needs and less on what’s ‘trending.’ To do what’s best for your space never goes out of style!”

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“The all-white kitchen may be out, but what about homeowners who want to update their existing space without a good job? One of the best ways to inject color into the kitchen is to paint the island base. It instantly activates a sterile- seeks space and does not require construction.” — Mary Beth Christopher, MBC Interior Design

“We’re going to see a lot more mixing of different finishes in the kitchen: Copper, bronze, stainless, nickel and more. By mixing finishes, you get a visually rich, incredibly inviting look.” — Tiffani Baumgart, interior designer

“To me, one of the keys to great design is when a client and a designer have the confidence to take a risk together and choose a kitchen cabinet color or pattern tile that’s bold and unexpected. I believe in 2023 we’re going to see even bolder cabinet color choices, mixed with other interesting and unique finishes.” — Kirsten Blazek, A1000XBetter

“A butcher block island is not only stylish, but incredibly functional and durable. We like to use walnut as the primary material for a butcher block island, as it really warms up the space. For added functionality, use ‘ a butcher block island that has a mini fridge for extra storage and lots of cabinets where you can hide larger appliances.” — Alice Arterberry, Arterberry Cooke

“Kitchens with loads of bottom drawers, instead of cupboards, are on the rise. Drawers slide out easily, and can store so much. Bending over, getting on your knees and holding a flashlight is no longer a necessity. Plus, extra large cabinet hardware is the icing on the cake in any kitchen — don’t skip or skimp on these must-haves.” — Ruthie Staalsen, interior designer


Clarity mixed with wood

“There will be more unexpected shades for cabinets. We saw a lot of saturated, bright colors in 2022, and I believe we will still see color, but lighter and chalkier shades and definitely mixed with wood.” — Caren Rideau, founder of The Kitchen Design Group


Marble slab backsplashes

“Subway tile backsplashes are starting to look dated, and we’re seeing a big shift toward marble backsplashes—which add drama and depth to the kitchen. Not only is it easier to clean than tile, a marble -backsplash and counter set the tone for the entire space and make a big statement.” — Danny Spears, Captex Construction

“Keep it up-to-date by mixing wood and painted cabinets, and embrace natural wood grain and tone rather than opting for gloss varnish and heavy stain. I love an island in wood with the perimeter cabinets painted, or a log cabin style upper case resting on. the counters.” — Sarah Fischer, Sarah and Sons Interiors


Blue and Green kitchens

“Blue shades with more green undertones are a refreshing change. They instantly create a wow factor, add interest and provide contrast. Deep shades always give a classic feel that never feels too trendy.” — Kate Lester, interior designer

“A trend I love is to hide a butler’s pantry that is a whole room of its own. One hidden behind custom cabinetry with a surprise entrance is especially fun when you have a large family or hosting large gatherings – children and adults alike enjoy these hidden treasures.” — Nikki Lughinterior designer


Wallpaper Backsplashes

“I love adding print and texture to a kitchen to bring some interest and life to the space. Doing this with patterned paper behind an open wall shelf like this is low risk but high impact .” — Amy Leferink, lead designer at Interior Impressions

“While stone in kitchen spaces is a long-standing tradition, more and more kitchens are making a point of using natural stone as a central component of beauty. Dramatic stones used widely throughout the kitchen space and marble waterfall islands that enhance the beauty of the materials are becoming increasingly popular design choices.” — Sarah Barnard, interior designer

“Painting the bar area a bold color like hunter green is a great way to add a pop of color to a neutral kitchen and create a designated bar area in an open concept space. We’re seeing a lot of earth tones. in the kitchen for 2023. Hunter green goes beautifully with classic furniture, natural accents and clean lines.” — Barrett Cooke, Arterberry Cooke

“We will see a movement towards more timeless, classic designs and honest, natural and durable materials such as wood, stone and steel that can stand the test of time. The sourcing and recyclability of materials will also take into account to a greater extent be taken.” — Jeppe Christensen, founder and CEO of Reformation


Furniture-style cabinets

“One very interesting trend going into 2023 is to give your kitchen cabinets a more furniture feel. This can easily be achieved by adding real pieces of furniture, such as using a farmhouse table or vintage desk as a great center island . To continue that feeling in your cabinets. , use furniture style legs in the toe kick areas.” — James Stanley, architectural designer

“People are getting really bold with their backsplashes. White kitchens are still on trend, but a bolder backsplash is perfect for adding that pop of pattern or color, creating a playfulness to your home.” — Ruthie Staalsen, interior designer

“In the past, people deferred more to recessed lighting. Now people are getting more adventurous with their lighting choices and taking advantage of it as a statement design element in a room. – Kate Lester, interior designer


Soft, natural materials

“I describe it as ‘California Modernism’, with natural materials in warm neutral tones such as light stained oak, honed limestone, painted steel and vegan leather. The concept of softness continues with the layers of unglazed terracotta vases and natural wood accessories.” — Sabra Ballon, founder of ballonStudio

“We expect to see a trend towards a bolder mix of different styles. We will see strong colours, expressive stones – such as calacatta viola marble – and non-traditional combinations of different materials.” — Jeppe Christensen, founder and CEO of Reformation


Concealed electrical outlets

“Proper placement of electrical outlets in a kitchen is an important and often overlooked trend. Installing power outlets under cabinets, rather than behind them, reduces cord clutter behind small appliances and gives it an unexpectedly clean look.” — Joe Borress, founder of Tri Star Electric & Automation


Handmade Artisan Details

“Kitchen spaces are increasingly becoming a space to showcase artistry and handcrafted details. Handmade tiles, decorative handles and thoughtfully crafted pottery are all components likely to be highlighted in 2023. These details can add comfort and beauty to a space where many spend a lot of time.” — Sarah Barnard

“Industrial open shelving bars implement this cool factor and break up all the wooden surfaces in the space, while giving you the chance to lift the cabinets and add another material and element. Why settle for a basic bar as can you make it unique and special?” — Amy Peltier, interior designer

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