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2023 Design Trends for Kitchen and Bath

Before updating your home’s interior, consider how tastes may have changed over the last year. In 2022, dark colors, natural wood tones, glossy finishes and custom elements all featured on lists of kitchen and bath trends. This year, many homeowners and designers have gone in a slightly different direction. Though integrated home tech and bespoke design elements are still sought after, some of last year's trends have fallen out of style. Read on for a list of Washington State kitchen and bath trends to capture in your own home this year!

10 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends for 2023

#1 Integrated Home Tech in Both Kitchen and Bath

integrated home tech in both kitchen and bathDesigners anticipate smart home tech — particularly wellness tech — will continue its reign well into 2024. According to the results of a 2023 Quext survey reviewed in an article on BusinessWire, "smart home tech products are U.S. consumers' favorite tech trend." Whether in your kitchen, primary suite, or powder room, smart home tech makes these spaces safer and more accessible.

Controlling one’s light fixtures, steam shower, fridge settings or smart oven from “your cell or tablet is becoming a necessity for tech-savvy homeowners. This trend bears even more significance for homeowners planning to age in place. Our post “12 Home Improvements to Support Aging in Place” details additional changes homeowners can make to improve their spaces as they age. If you do plan to incorporate home tech devices or apps, make sure they are waterproof!

#2 Warm, Dark Tones in Both Kitchen and Bath

Mid-Century Modern design is as popular as ever before, particularly amongst new homeowners in the Millennial age bracket. Given this, it should come as no surprise that warm, dark tones are experiencing a resurgence in both kitchen and bathroom spaces.

In recent years, designers have rejected clinical, all-white kitchens and bathrooms in favor of soft, welcoming spaces. A continuation of last year's trend, designers expect hallmarks of moody Mid-Century Modern design to influence both bathrooms and kitchens in 2023. They expect to see the incorporation of warm woods, brass accents and darker, more saturated paint colors in bathrooms and kitchens.

#3 Double Shower Heads in the Primary Suite

Double Shower Heads - compresssedKitchen and bathroom design in 2023 is all about comfort and ease. Homeowners want luxurious yet lived-in spaces that are functional and fabulous! This year's bath and kitchen trends focus on striking the perfect balance between function and style.

Because of this, double shower heads are growing in popularity. As we head into winter, no one wants to be left out in the cold as their partner hogs the only shower
head. Double shower heads are not only more practical for couples sharing a primary suite.

They also make cleaning the shower much faster and easier. In bathrooms with larger showers, double shower heads also make more aesthetic sense, as they provide balance and symmetry.

#4 Separate Wet Rooms in Full Bathrooms

Wet Room2In most homes, full bathrooms crowd a bathtub, shower, sink, storage and toilet all into a single space. This results in a cramped interior that is less serene and more stressful. It also reduces the functionality of the space, meaning that only one person can utilize the bathroom at a time. The design trend of installing a wet room in your home enhances accessibility, simplifies maintenance and transforms the space for a more contemporary aesthetic.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a wet room is a separate space containing only the “wet” elements of a bathroom. Most commonly, these elements include the
shower, tub and/or steam room. Linen closets, toilets, sinks and medicine cabinets are relegated to an adjoining space that is kept dry. With American homes increasingly becoming more multigenerational, separate wet rooms just make sense.

#5 Minimalistic Cabinetry and Hardware

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In both kitchen and bath design, homeowners have expressed a preference for sleek, minimalistic millwork. According to Morgan Noll in an article for Real Simple, this streamlined cabinet style is far more popular than it was last year. Referencing a Houzz poll, Noll writes that "'one in five renovators (20 percent)" opted for flat-panel doors in kitchen cabinets and bathroom storage space. Floating shelves and open shelves might not be as popular in 2023, given the desire for an uncluttered space. Sleek upper cabinets can extend the architectural lines of a kitchen or bathroom, making the space appear larger and the ceiling more vaulted.

Homeowners appear to prefer "minimal and sleek" designs for hardware too. Top Knobs' hardware is perfect for both the traditional and modern home's style. Whether you are planning on a bath remodel or a kitchen renovation, their streamlined silhouettes and metallic finishes are ideal for any interior.


#6 Bespoke Design Elements in Both Kitchen and Bath

Locally crafted green glass backsplash for built-in drink bar, Classic Craftsman Reborn, Everett, 2021Customization is another trend we saw in 2022 that has yet to fall out of style.
Whenever possible, choosing special design elements over mass-manufactured pieces can add a touch of uniqueness and personality to your space. These custom-made design elements can elevate the overall aesthetic of your kitchen or bathroom, making them stand out from the crowd. Whether it's a handcrafted mosaic backsplash or a one-of-a-kind pendant light fixture, these bespoke elements can become the focal point of the room, creating a sense of luxury and individuality. By incorporating these special design elements, you can showcase your personal style and create a space that truly reflects your taste and preferences. So, instead of settling for generic off-the-shelf options, why not explore the world of custom-made decor and add a touch of craftsmanship to your kitchen or bathroom?

This particular green glass backsplash was custom-made by local craftsmen. Lit from behind, this glowing green backsplash readily recalls early 20th century Jadeite kitchenware or Uranium glass. View more pictures and read all about this Everett kitchen remodel here.

#7 Glossy Rather than Matte Finishes in Both Kitchen and Bath

Shiny quartzMatte surfaces were out in 2022, and they have not  recovered any lost ground in 2023. Matte cabinets, backsplashes, countertops and house paints are stunning in sleek, minimalistic spaces, but they do have a few downsides. Some say that matte surfaces can conceal spills and scratches more effectively than glossy surfaces, but that's not strictly true.

This really only applies to high-gloss rather than regular or semi-gloss finishes. Burn marks and oil spills are almost impossible to camouflage on matte surfaces, while regular gloss and semi-gloss finishes disguise damage. Furthermore, homeowners with small kitchens and bathrooms might end up with a space that feels flat and cramped if they opt for matte finishes.

Alternatively, choosing glossy tiles, metallic wallpapers and shiny hardware bounces light around a room, making that space feel bigger and brighter. Consider high-shine hardware on your vanity cabinet or bathroom task lighting, and add a backsplash with a bit of sparkle in your kitchen.


#8 A Lived-In Look for the Kitchen

Double Islands-1A few years ago, all-white kitchens lost their charm. An all-white kitchen rarely expresses the owner's personal aesthetic in the room's style. Today's homeowner wants a more lived-in look with a focal point backsplash, lots of color, natural wood tones, and interesting materials. Homeowners no longer want a stark, clinical kitchen. Instead, they want the joy of cooking and gathering together to be palpable in these shared spaces.

Quoting Maggie Dillon in an article for Southern Living, Betsy Cribb writes that “'people are realizing that there's a certain amount of charm that comes with using and abusing your kitchen.'” Dillon and two other designers referenced in Cribb's article encourage homeowners to consider "'exposed brick, soapstone countertops, rattan counter stools, and wood pendants'" that add an organic element to your kitchen.

As designer Isabel Ladd explains, these elements "'keep the kitchen from feeling too precious.'” By curating organic elements against a backdrop of intriguing textures and pops of color, you can create a space that is comfortable and functional, yet still has a clear design style.

#9 A Large Kitchen Island for Food Prep

After, Lynnwood Kitchen, VanderBeken Remodel, 2023Double kitchen islands have been on our radar for a few years now. While homeowners remain interested in a large island for food prep and another for dining, a new trend has emerged. Whether they opt for open shelving that can display cookbooks and decorative objects, or soft-close drawers, homeowners want more storage in their islands! Bold colors are also increasingly popular in today's kitchen designs.

View more pictures and read all about this light and airy Scandinavian-inspired Snohomish County kitchen remodel featuring a large island here.

#10 Open-Concept for Entertaining

Open flow kitchen remodel, VanderBeken Remodel, Mill Creek, 2022During the COVID-19 pandemic, many homeowners requested closed spaces. With entire families stuck in the home together, they wanted more privacy and separation. This made sense for a family working, relaxing, and studying together in the same home. However, it makes less sense for the homeowners who love to entertain.

As such, the open concept kitchen design has returned in 2023! For this kitchen trend, homeowners want a space that opens up to the family room or backyard so the cook can engage with guests while preparing a meal or mixing their own drinks. If your kitchen doesn't open directly to the living room or dining room, consider bridging the gap with a butler's pantry.

View more pictures and read all about this open concept Mill Creek kitchen remodel that was a part of a main floor remodel here.

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FAQs About Kitchen and Bath Design Trends for 2023

Before you jump into your kitchen or bath remodel, let's take a look at some of our clients' most frequently asked questions. Our team of professional remodelers answers all your FAQs below.

What is the color trend for kitchen cabinets in 2023?

In 2023, we can expect to see a shift towards more bold and vibrant colors for kitchen cabinets. While neutral tones like white and gray have been popular in recent years, homeowners are now seeking to inject personality into their spaces through the use of rich hues. Colors such as deep blues, emerald greens, and even daring shades like black are expected to make a statement in kitchen cabinetry. This move towards bolder colors not only adds visual  interest to the space but also allows homeowners to showcase their individual style and create unique focal points within their kitchens. Whether it's through the use of an accent cabinet or a full set of colorful cabinetry, 2023 offers the opportunity to embrace creativity and personalize your kitchen with a splash of color. When considering these new color trends for kitchen cabinets, it's important to keep in mind the overall aesthetic of your space. Bold colors can work well in modern or eclectic kitchens, adding drama and flair to the design. However, if you have a more traditional or timeless kitchen, incorporating pops of color through accessories or smaller elements may be a better option.

What is the trend for cabinet pulls 2023?

As outlined above, sleek metallic hardware is a top trend for 2023. We recently became a distributor for Top Knobs, which creates stunning hardware that compliments any style of cabinetry. Whether your cabinets have glass fronts or shaker millwork, there's a drawer pull or knob for you!

Are two toned kitchen cabinets in style 2023?

kcbphotography-506In 2023, the design trends for kitchen and bath are all about creating unique focal points within your space while prioritizing functionality. One way to achieve this is through two-toned cabinetry. This trend involves using two different colors or finishes for your cabinets to create visual interest and depth. It allows you to play with contrasting shades or textures, adding another layer of dimension to your kitchen design. Two-toned cabinets, like those pictured here from a recent Everett kitchen remodel, offer a unique way to showcase your personal style and make a statement in yours pace. 

Quoting designer Margarita Bravo in an article for House Beautiful, Kelly Allen writes that “‘two-toned cabinets are gaining popularity as homeowners seek to add a touch of personality to their kitchens.” Bravo and Allen recommend classic color schemes in more traditional homes, and poppy colors in modern or contemporary spaces. Whether you choose a combination of light and dark tones or opt for complementary hues, this trend is a fantastic way to add visual intrigue and create a focal point in your kitchen.

Remodeling Your Bathroom or Kitchen with VanderBeken Remodel

If you're ready to transform your space and turn your dream remodel into a reality, don't hesitate to reach out to us today! Our team at VanderBeken Remodel is here to guide you through the entire process and ensure that your vision comes to life. Whether you're looking to update your Snohomish County kitchen or bathroom, look no further than VanderBeken Remodel. With our expert advice, years of experience, and abundance of talent, we are the perfect choice to bring your remodeling dreams to life.

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