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Published on August 2nd, 2023

2023 kitchen colour trends

Style & Design

The kitchen, once considered a purely functional space, has now become a focal point for creativity and self-expression. Let's explore some of the latest kitchen colour trends that are currently captivating homeowners and transforming cooking spaces into stylish and inviting havens.

Timeless white kitchen. Picture by UnSplash.

Timeless white

The timeless appeal of an all-white kitchen remains strong in contemporary design. White kitchens exude cleanliness and freshness, making the space feel bright and open. To avoid a clinical look, designers often introduce contrasting elements such as colourful backsplashes, statement lighting fixtures, or natural wood accents.

Modern kitchen with dark blue cabinets. Picture by UnSplash.

Black and Blue-Black

Dark blue and black kitchens may seem like a suprising addition to the list, but with their inherent appeal of serenity and calm, these dramatic tones are becoming a mainstream choice in interior design.

While some homeowners might initially find the notion of dark kitchen cabinet colors daunting, these darker colour palettes hold the ability to imbue a room with a feeling of luxury and sophistication, and surprisingly, they work wonders even in smaller kitchens by bestowing them with an air of grandeur. If you're not quite ready to fully embrace the darkness, consider opting for a statement black island counter or perhaps introduce black accessories like taps and handles for a subtle touch of elegance.

Kitchen sink with yellow countertops.

Bold Yellows

A joyful and vibrant choice, yolky yellow has secured its place as one of the most popular kitchen colours for 2023. This soft and sunny hue has the power to brighten up any room and serves as a deceptively versatile base, allowing for playful highlights of primary blue, rich aubergine, sky blue, and even burnt orange. The kitchen design landscape is witnessing a noticeable shift towards bolder and more adventurous color choices, particularly in statement kitchens that exude personality and joy.

Whether fully embraced as the dominant color or used sparingly as accents, this radiant hue boasts richness, versatility, and an aura of positivity and warmth.

Pastel pink kitchen. Sink and shelves.

Pops of pastels

In busy spaces, opting for muted and subdued colors can be a wise choice. Soft pastel colours are making a comeback, bringing a touch of nostalgia and charm to modern kitchens.

Taking inspiration from the soothing and natural qualities of the herb it is named after, sage green has become a perennial favourite for classic and timeless décor. This color-shifting hue elegantly combines subtle hints of blue and grey, giving it a sophisticated and soulful appeal while also bringing the biophilic benefits associated with its organic origins.

Chalky shades of pink are a great option for kitchens or which suffer from a lack of natural light and make a great pairing with deep blues and brass.

Kitchen or dining room with earthy red wall, clock on the wall and painting hanging.

Earthy Reds

In contrast to the clean whites and pastels, or the cool dark tones featured in this year's list, designers are also embracing warmer hues. Rich reds are making their radiant entry into the heart of our homes. While pure primary reds may feel a bit 1990s, this trend turns towards muddier tones with nature-inspired tinges of orange and brown.

Warm colors exude positivity and inspiration, beautifully complementing other Mediterranean hues such as blues, greens, and yellows. Playing with different tones allows you to harmonize the light and scale of your room.

Choosing the right red for your kitchen can be challenging. When done correctly, the right red can be perfect, but if not careful, it can end up looking garish. Find a harmonious colour scheme by picking up on other tones and colours present throughout the space, ensuring they either complement or contrast with the red (but don't clash!).