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Kitchen cabinet trends for 2023, according to designers

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Cabinets remain an essential part of any kitchen. It not only determines how much storage you have and how you are able to organize your kitchen items, but it has a big impact on the overall design style of your kitchen. As we look ahead to a new year, we reached out to designers for their thoughts on what’s next in kitchen cabinet design. From stained glass panels to mixed materials, take a look at these kitchen cabinetry trends expected to take off in 2023.

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

See more of this kitchen by Studio Dearborn.

“Emerged glass cabinets were once a popular choice, but have fallen out of favor in recent years,” says designer Margarita Bravo. “But 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 Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse in 2022—features custom cabinetry by Taffera Fine Building & Finishes and Ace Fabrications leaded glass by Sunburst Studios.

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

Kitchen design by Nicole Hollis Studio.

Unique kitchen cabinet hardware will play a key role in kitchen personalization. Not only can it make your space unique, but it can reinforce the design style you’re looking for. For the kitchen in the 2022 Kingston Design Connection Showhouse, Hendley & Co used Modern Matter for exquisite hardware, including red geometric knobs and tortoiseshell pulls.

“Traditional details in the kitchen are back,” says Robertson. “However, unlike kitchens of decades ago, they are filled 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.

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If you thought purple kitchens were bold, get ready for a bigger color trend. “Bright yellows, oranges and reds are all becoming more popular as homeowners look to add a pop of color to their kitchens,” says Bravo. “This can be done with either accent cabinets or by painting the entire kitchen a bold color or adding wallpaper to highlight the space.”

Kitchen design by Michelle Nussbaumer.

The warm, rustic look of cabinet furniture, which emphasizes the grain of the wood, creates an inviting atmosphere. “While we’ve already seen a bit of this in 2022, we’ll see even more natural wood finishes in kitchens in 2023,” says designer Hilary Matt.

She adds, “Whether it’s incorporated into cabinetry, accessories, or flooring, the possibilities are limitless! I love the look of natural wood on panel-ready appliances—like the Sub-Zero Designer Series Refrigeration—that can add sophistication to your space, especially when paired with other materials such as a patterned tile floor or a stone island.”

Kitchen design by Alison Giese.

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

Kitchen design by Birgitte Pearce.

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

Kitchen design by Emil Dervish.


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Kelly Allen is the current Associate Editor at House Beautiful, where she covers design, pop culture and travel for digital and print magazines.

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