With 2023 well and truly here, it’s exciting to think about all the new developments, opportunities, and trends that could arise over the next 12 months. However, not everything is a complete mystery, particularly when it comes to kitchen renovations and design.
At DDK, we are kitchen experts who understand our industry. Based on consumer behaviour and the type of installations we’ve completed recently, we’ve been able to identify and predict what we expect to see in Australian kitchen designs in 2023.
Read on to uncover which styles are currently popular and learn how to make them a reality in your kitchen this year.
Kitchen designs in 2023
1. Mixed materials
We’re mixing it up this year. Kitchen designers are steering away from uniform styles consisting of single materials. A combination of stone, glass, wood, and metal is emerging as a common choice, helping to add texture, depth, and a strong visual interest to a space. Using natural elements like wood cabinetry and glass splashbacks can also add warmth to kitchen designs.
If you prefer an all-metal, industrial look you can still achieve that with a mix of different materials. Kitchens that are all stainless steel are being replaced with spaces that combine brass, copper and bronze, giving the kitchen a more eclectic feel.
2. Bold colours
This year, we expect to shift away from the all-white, monochrome look. More and more people are bringing colour into their homes through statement walls, striking cabinets, eye-catching splashbacks, and more. This is the time to experiment!
Muted, natural colour schemes are emerging as the most popular, both in cool and warm tones. This includes rich blues and greens, deeper neutrals, soft terracotta, and sandy, desert colours. These are a great complement to earthy, organic textures and materials, like the ones discussed above. They can also be used in combination with traditional white in order to balance, enhance, and accentuate certain features.
3. Creative storage
Great storage options are a staple in any well-functioning kitchen, and people are getting creative in 2023. Hidden storage solutions are on the rise, with options like pull-out cabinets, spice racks, benchtop drawers, and corner cabinet organisers being implemented into Australian kitchen designs.
Installing or upgrading pantries is also becoming a priority. They don’t need to take up a lot of space, and options like hidden organisers, rotating corner baskets and lazy susans can optimise their storage capability.
Butler’s pantries specifically are growing in popularity. They are great for housing appliances like toasters, microwaves and kettles to free up bench space and remove clutter. They can even act as a second kitchen, keeping food prep and clean up out of view. This is especially useful if you love to entertain.
4. Outdoor kitchens
As Aussies, we love the outdoors. So, it’s no surprise that people are seeking ways to optimise their enjoyment of their natural surroundings. Kitchen renovators are extending indoor living spaces to the outdoors, adding kitchens and seating areas to decks, patios, and backyards. Not only is this great for enjoying the fresh air, it can offer a convenient entertaining space for guests. This has been a growing trend in the market over the last 12 months, and we expect it to continue.
Depending on the climate in your area, along with your own personal preferences, it’s worth considering this addition to your home.
5. Staying sustainable
Sustainability played a major part in Australian kitchen design throughout 2022, and this will continue in 2023. This is largely due to shifting values, with the everyday consumer becoming more environmentally conscious. Sustainable kitchens can also help you reduce your expenses with lower utility bills, and even increase market value since this is a feature that buyers are on the hunt for.
But what makes a kitchen sustainable? There are a few contributing factors, starting with energy efficiency and water conservation. Using fixtures like energy-efficient appliances and lighting, along with low-flow faucets can go a long way in helping reduce your environmental impact.
You can also add space for recycling and composting, and use them to reduce your waste production. However. the biggest thing you can do to create a sustainable kitchen is during the actual installation. Use sustainable, eco-friendly materials and seek to minimise waste as much as possible. Upgrading your kitchen through a DDK facelift is a great way to do this since we use as much of your existing structure as we can.
Allow DDK to bring 2023 Australian kitchen designs into your space
Our experienced team is ready to help you bring to life the latest kitchen designs in Australia. You’ll have the chance to chat with our experienced kitchen designers and leverage their expertise as you define your dream space together. From there, our expert installers will execute your vision with care and attention to detail, leaving you with a space you’re proud of in no time. Start your journey to a dream kitchen today. Contact us.