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6 Big-Picture Kitchen Remodeling Trends Happening Now New for 2023

1. Sustainability Influences Choices

“Homeowners are gravitating toward sustainable choices during kitchen renovations, and it is interesting to see the intersection of economics and environmental concerns,” says Houzz senior economist Marine Sargsyan.

2. Cabinet Styles Shift

Shaker-style cabinets have dominated homeowner preferences for years now. And while the look is still the most popular choice, it declined by 3 points, to 61%, compared with 2022.

Meanwhile, flat-panel cabinets are on the rise. One in 5 homeowners (20%) choose this sleek style.

3. Wood Cabinets Gain Popularity

White cabinets aren’t going out of style anytime soon. The color remains the most popular choice (40%). But wood tones are a strong contender. Nearly a quarter of homeowners (24%) choose wood-tone cabinets, up 3 points year over year, returning to the level of 2021.

Choosing an island base color that’s different from surrounding cabinets is a popular design approach — nearly half of homeowners (46%) go this route. Among those homeowners, blue is the most popular contrasting color choice (24%), followed by gray (15%) and black and medium-tone wood (12% each).

4. Modern Rustic Style

A few themes weave throughout these 2023 design trends. Among them are the use of natural materials and a general feeling of warmth. You’ll find both in a modern rustic style we’re seeing show up in kitchens.