Today we’re breaking down our top 5 kitchen trend predictions for the new year and beyond.
Our recently completed kitchen renovation gave us lots of opportunities to think through the form and functionality of our newly expanded space. We think efficiency is a top priority in a kitchen, but function and form still work hand in hand. What good is a functional space if it doesn’t draw you in to spend more time in it, right?
So after months of planning and almost a year of execution, the kitchen is done. At this point we can’t think of a single thing we’d change and we’ve integrated a handful of elements that we think you’ll be seeing a lot more of in the coming year. These are our predictions for kitchen trends for 2023 and beyond.
1| Disappearing Range Hoods
‘Statement’ range hoods – think: wood, metal, drywalled and plastered custom hoods – have been dominating the kitchen landscape, but we think that’s starting to change. Moving forward, we think sleek, minimal ceiling-mounted range hood inserts will begin to creep steadily into kitchen design.
For our redesign, we selected the 36″ Nube ceiling mount hood from Falmec. It’s sleek, powerful and quiet. The included remote control allows for operation from below and the unit almost disappears into the soffit that contains both the vent’s exhaust ducting.
The elimination of a large hood truly opened up our space and created an open, airy nine-foot-long workstation on the range wall. We think it’s the perfect blend of function and form.
2| Workstation Sinks
In continuing with the trend of subtle functional additions blending with beautiful form, we think workstation sinks are here to stay. The addition of a shallow lip at the front and rear of these hardworking sinks allows for a wide range of accessories to be supported by the sink, just below the surface of the countertop. This keeps water, splashes and food bits contained inside the sink cutout for easy cleanup.
Our sink is the granite composite workstation from our friends at Delta Faucet (more on that here). We love the included cutting boards, drying racks and utensil holders that all make the sink work harder than ever. The best part is that these sinks can be retrofitted into existing countertops if a full remodel isn’t in your future!
3| Compact Beverage Stations
Beverage stations have been increasing in popularity over the years, but not every kitchen has the space or budget for an entirely dedicated beverage area. Our kitchen is of average size, so we dedicated a small section of our main run of cabinets to all things liquid. Our espresso machine, glassware, pull-out liquor cabinet and under-cabinet fridge only consume about three linear feet of cabinet/countertop space, so it might be an easier integration than you think!
We enjoy a nice cup of coffee (or three) in the morning and like to keep a nice variety of beer, wine and spirits on-hand for entertaining. Half of our beverage fridge is dedicated to sparkling water, a few sodas and some other NA goodies so there’s something for everyone. Ice is also at the ready in the lower freezer drawer of the drawer fridge.
All this to say, three linear feet of cabinetry can pack a huge punch with a little planning and prioritizing! We also located the beverage area so that it doesn’t interfere with the main kitchen work triangle. When we have guests over, I can be making coffee or cocktails at the end of the counter while Kim preps food and neither of us is in the other’s way.
4| Induction Ranges
When it came time to purchase our new range, induction models quickly rose to the top of our list. While the technology is newer and still potentially costlier upfront than traditional gas or electric ranges, the efficiency and long list of features made the switch a no brainer for us. Induction cooktops are up to 90% efficient as opposed to around 60% efficiency for gas, which is a huge improvement. Our friend Ashley at The Gold Hive has a wonderful write-up about induction ranges, weighing the pros and cons to see if it’s a fit for you.
In addition to the gains in energy efficiency, induction cooking is faster, more consistent and offers easier cleanup than gas or traditional electric ranges. We also love the sleek yet classic look of our 36″ model from Fisher & Paykel from our friends at Abt. It slots perfectly between the flanking 36″ cabinets for a perfect division of thirds. This particular model also offers loads of specialty cooking modes for baking, pizza or traditional use. We’re absolutely obsessed!
We think the benefits will soon become more apparent and induction will begin to make up a larger percentage of range purchases moving forward.
5| Colorful Cabinetry
Our former kitchen, like many designed 8-10 years ago, was white on white on white. Our cabinets, tile and appliances were white and our countertops were light grey quartzite with white veining. The look served us well for almost a decade, but as the rest of our home has evolved to integrate more color, it only made sense for our kitchen to follow suit. We love colors that shift and change throughout the day, so our selection of cabinetry custom-finished in Sherwin Williams’ Reddened Earth was a natural fit.
In bright morning light, the cabinets show a deep pink hue. By mid-day, the true terra cotta color shows through. By evening, dim light brings on a deep, moody tone that can read as nearly maroon. Cabinetry in earthy, shade-shifting tones like ours are already picking up steam and we don’t see an end in sight. Sophisticated chameleon colors with undertones of sage, slate blue. terra cotta and taupe will continue to be popular selections, especially when paired with darker natural stone countertops.
What other kitchen design trends do you see as gaining popularity in the new year and beyond?