What’s Trending in Kitchen Cabinet Renovations in 2023?

Six Kitchen Trends To Inspire Homeowners

Darker stained cabinets – Photography by Adam Kane Macchia

It’s hard to believe that some of the trends we are seeing now in kitchens are ideas, styles and fashions from the past. If you are wondering what trends will be this year, all you need to do is look back in history 20 to 30 years. If you are familiar with the “20-Year-Rule,” core trends repeat every 20-30 years. What goes around, always comes back. As an example, kitchen cabinet trends included darker wood cabinets, which is also a current trend in 2023 (see photo above). Top Shop Countertops has seen trends come and go. When you are ready for your countertops, we are here to help you choose the right countertop, that is in style for the cabinets you are installing. Here are six kitchen trends that might inspire you for your next project.

Trend #1: Textured Surfaces. This is a theme in kitchen cabinetry that is trending in 2023. Two such textured surfaces that Top Shop Countertops in Green Bay, Wisconsin specializes in that have textured surfaces would be stone, laminate, and granite. An extra benefit to “textured” or “etched” surfaces is that they are easier to keep clean. Stone, granite and wood surfaces also provide a sense of “warmth and organic beauty to kitchens,” according to Gemini Worktops. (Gemini Worktops, 2023) Top Shop Countertops has a showroom that customers can visit and research various textured countertop options first hand.

Photography by Nicole Hollis – Two tone cabinetry trend.

Trend #2: Two Tone Cabinets. In 2023, you’ll see that two tone cabinets are an increasing trend in the kitchen according to an article “Top Kitchen Trends for 2023” (Gemini Worktops, 2023) By utilizing this technique you can add depth to your kitchen and “interest to your kitchen cabinets without going overboard with colour.” In agreement with adding depth, “a unique distinction can be made between lower and upper cabinets.” (Tiger Cabinetry, 2022) You can create a bold or subtle look with two-tones. Top Shop Countertops can help you put the finishing touches on with the right countertop color and style for the exact effect you want. 

Drawers instead of cabinets. Photography by Aaron Dougherty

Trend #3: Sustainable Materials. Homeowners are focusing on sustaining the earth in 2023. Author, Kristin Shuff, in this article “Green Home Renovations: Facts, Figures, and the Future” reported that “46% of homeowners shared that helping the environment is one of the key motivations driving their home improvement projects.” (Shuff, 2022) This means water efficient fixtures, LED bulbs, smart technology and more. In many industries, using sustainable materials is important to consumers. A study done by Houzz “2023 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study,” indicates that the majority of homeowners incorporate sustainable features into their kitchen remodels. The study also indicates that “making environmentally friendly choices is also top of mind for 3-5 renovating homeowners.” (2023 U.S. houzz kitchen trends study 2023) If sustainability is important to you, there are many ways in which you can integrate earth friendly materials into your home.

Trend #4: Large Kitchen Island. Author Bob Linger, believes that the kitchen and master bathroom are the two most important rooms in the house. (Linger, 2019) One of the things to consider with your kitchen design is a functional kitchen island. Think about how you might use your kitchen island. Will you be entertaining friends and family? If yes, will it include an ice-maker, mini fridge, or even a wine rack? Will the island be used as a place to work on projects with your kids? If yes, how high do you want your kitchen island? Will children entertain using the island for homework? What type of lighting would be appropriate for homework usage? Will you use the island for canning, baking or cooking purposes? If yes, how durable does your countertop need to be? Will you be using laminate, stone or granite? Will there be appliances on your kitchen island, and will it include storage for those appliances? In most of these cases, a large kitchen island would be ideal to house these ideas or uses.

Trend #5: Lower kitchen drawers. This trend, in-line with Alyssa Gautieri’s opinion, Associate Lifestyle Editor for Good Housekeeping, lower kitchen drawers is one of the 30 dominating trends in 2023. (GAUTIERI, 2023) The lower, easy glide slide out doors are replacing cabinets that are sometimes difficult to reach or see items in the cabinets. This look has a “furniture” type style to it, unique to the normal kitchen cabinet scene. A benefit to anyone working in the kitchen.

Trend #6: Shaker Cabinets. If you are looking for simple, and something that can fit in with traditional, contemporary or even transitional designs, this may be the right choice for you in 2023, or any year for that matter, as these cabinets are considered timeless. The shaker style cabinet consists of a five-piece design or a simple slab front. Hinged on this article “What are shaker style cabinets,” “Shakers pioneered the concept of installing built-in cabinetry in the United States. They were known for their quality of workmanship and clean, classic design.” (Domain cabinets 2023) Keeping a simple style cabinet, allows you to utilize a patterned countertop without losing the simplicity of it. Top Shop Countertops can assist you in determining what type of countertop will be the best for your shaker style cabinets.

That’s a wrap from Top Shop Countertops, six trends in kitchen cabinets in 2023. Let’s review. 1) Textured surfaces, 2) Two-tone cabinets, 3) Sustainable materials, 4) Large kitchen island, 5) Lower kitchen drawers, and 6) Shaker cabinets. Are you seeing other trends? We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out at topshopcabinets@gmail.com and let us know what you are seeing and what you’d like to see in your kitchen. If you are working on any cabinet project that requires countertops and you need help, reach out to the experts at Top Shop Countertops. We’ll help you put together the perfect cabinet/countertop combination that will sure to “wow” your family and friends for years to come.