Top 7 Kitchen Color Trends

Trending in 2023

The kitchen color trends of 2023 are all about the individual. Building off the momentum of last year’s trends, 2023 will feature even more warmth, natural elements, cozy details, and ultimately, personal expression. Gather a few guiding principles and let your dream come to life this year.

Kitchen with blue cabinets in an open galley layout.
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1. Cabinets

Quality cabinets are not going out of style anytime soon. But heading into 2023, there are certain color schemes that’ll keep your kitchen on the cutting edge of interior design.

The first cabinet trend that’s set to define 2023 are two-tone cabinets. While single-tone kitchens have been popular for years, they’re now on the way out for design elements with a personal touch. Two-tone cabinets make your kitchen look and feel more unique, with popular color pairings like black and white creating subtle depth and contrast. Check out our blog for tips and tricks on how to style your two-tone cabinets.

Darker cabinet colors are the other big cabinet trend for 2023. In general, kitchen colors are trending towards darker, earthier tones for a more natural look.

2. Natural Tones

The calming, earth tones of natural materials will continue to reign supreme in 2023. Sherwin-Williams, for example, chose Redend Point as their 2023 color of the year. This clay-like hue is descibed as “soulful yet subtle,” adding a mindful, calming touch that pairs well with the rest of your kitchen.

To enhance your paint, use plenty of wood with fine, linear grain like walnut and oak to double up on trending colors and textures. Same goes for stone. Select natural colors with veins rather than grains (marble and quartz over granite).

Another natural to include in your 2023 designs is natural lighting. It enhances the colors in your design while providing eco-friendly benefits. Skylights, large windows, and glass walls will be big players in design this next year.

Kitchen with two different cabinet colors: white and hickory colored shaker cabinets.
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3. Mix and Match

Perhaps the monochromatic kitchen will never go out of style, but 2023 kitchen color trends let you ease up on the single color kitchen quite a bit. Popular color combinations for mixing and matching include black and white, wood and white, navy blue and gray, and blue and green.

In practice, this looks like:

  • A finished wood cabinet for the perimeter of your kitchen and a colored cabinet for the island.
  • Colored appliances to your neutral kitchen (range, fridge, etc.) for some color that makes the more permanent bits of the kitchen stand out with vibrance.
  • Pairing cabinets with your hardware (e.g., white cabinets and black hardware, blue cabinets and brass hardware, etc.)

The possibilities are endless, so let your imagination run wild in the name of individual expression.

Navy blue shaker cabinets with a white island and two pendant lights overhead.
Navy Blue Shaker Cabinets

4. Warm Tones

If you’re looking to make your mark on your kitchen’s color scheme, nothing’s makes a statement quite like a warmer tone. The major paint providers largely agree, with many of them choosing different shades of warm colors for their 2023 color picks.

Color giant, Pantone, picked Viva Magenta as their 2023 color of the year. This vibrant, powerful color is described as “electrifying,” “boundaryless,” and “encouraging experimentation and self-expression without restraint,” perfectly encapsulating the trend towards individualistic design.

Other warm tones of note include Benjamin Moore’s pink and red Raspberry Blush, Valspar’s Desert Carnation, a bamboo and blonde wood tone, and the orange and pink Canyon Ridge by Better Homes & Gardens.

5. Green & Blue

Multiple design leaders went with green shades for their color of the year picks. Benjamin Moore presented North Sea Green, a soothing teal with gray undertones for a sense of calm that’s “moody.” Krylon picked Spanish Moss, a midnight green that’s reminiscent of the types of colors you see in dense forests and mossy terrains.

Other color trend setters, like Valspar, featured darker blues like their Everglade Deck tone. This midnight blue is similar to their Mountain River tone that was picked in 2022, with both colors creating a sense of “elegance,” “calm,” and “restoration.” Another option is Starry Night Blue by Benjamin Moore, a navy blue tone that looks a lot like dark indigo and “breathes romance into any space.”

Can’t decide which color works best? Why not choose both? As we mentioned above, the blue-green Vining Ivy made Glidden and PPG’s color of the year lists for 2023. In a press release, Glidden color expert, Ashley McCollum said that Vining Ivy is “energizing, yet grounding” and “works in literally any space,” while “taking the guesswork out of design.”

Another great way to add color and warmth to your kitchen is with the cabinets. Try one of our cozy blue cabinets in your design.

White kitchen with robin egg-blue retro style refrigerator in the foreground.

6. Interrupt with Color

Put more than a pop of color in your kitchen. Interrupt instead. Some color on a larger anchor item in the kitchen draws attention. If you have a unique feature in your kitchen, consider adding color to it.

A painted plate rack does double duty because plate racks are hot in 2023 and painted a vibrant color, your kitchen will surely turn heads. The colored island or appliance is another great example of how to interrupt with color. These interruptions become the focus of your kitchen and a great example of your unique personality.

Take a look at the cabinet color options available to you at RTA Cabinet Store and start planning for a beautiful, on trend kitchen this year.

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