Emerging Kitchen Design Trends

Each year the National Association of Kitchens and Baths (NKBA) publishes its Design Trends Report.  Based on a survey of their members, including designers, showrooms, dealers, specialists, manufacturers, kitchen and bath remodelers, contractors and architects there are trends that are emerging in 2023 and expect to be top design trends for the next three years.

Open Concept Kitchens

This trend has been around for many years. The pandemic caused some homeowners to move away from this concept. It appears that was temporary because according the NKBA 2023 Design Trends Report, opening up kitchens by removing walls is still a most popular trend. In addition, remodelers are getting requests to transition the kitchen into the outdoors. rather than to adjoining rooms like the dining or living room.  


Another top kitchen trend is the need to hide clutter by creating a pantry. Choices are, a walk-in pantry which is a separate space for food storage, a built-in pantry, a full height cabinet, hinged door and sliding shelves, or a Butler’s Pantry. A butler’s pantry is a small kitchen near the kitchen with room for storage, a countertop and sink for minor food prep and workspace for small appliances.

Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands will continue to serve multiple purposes in the kitchen. Prominent island features include technology charging, as well as food prep and adequate eating space. Requests are for larger kitchen islands that function as dining tables with more seating and more room for dining.


Homeowners have become increasingly interested in smart controls via mobile devices or voice control, touchless faucets, integrated lighting technology and smart appliances.

Smart appliances are increasingly popular such as refrigerators with touch screens to add items to your shopping list or to keep track of expiration dates. Also gaining in popularity are smart ovens that include steam cooking and air frying features. Both appliances can be controlled by an app on your phone. There is a greater need for space for mobile devices, laptop charging and viewing in the kitchen.

Sustainability in the Kitchen

Designers are more often recommending sustainability practices, including 100% LED lighting, separate storage for recycling, increased natural light with low-E windows and doors, EPA Energy-Star certified appliances, VOC free paints and stains and countertops made from recycled materials.

 A “must have” trend for someone may be a “no more” trend for another. Your professional remodeler and designer will advise you and help you make the choices for your kitchen remodel.