On-trend kitchen colours in 2023

How to make the best use of your kitchen cabinets

As summer approaches, you may decide that now is the time to change your kitchen. And, whether you are planning for a complete refurbishment or a cosmetic upgrade, one of the most important choices to make is the colour scheme.

The colour of your kitchen will have a huge impact on the look and feel of the whole room. But how do you go about choosing the best colour for your kitchen?

In this article we look at:

  • Four factors to consider when choosing a kitchen colour;
  • Four key kitchen colour trends for 2023;
  • Four ways to use colour effectively in your kitchen.

Four factors to consider when choosing a kitchen colour

When choosing one or more colours for your kitchen, the obvious thing to do is to go for colours that you really like and will enjoy having around you. And of course this is important! You want to feel happy and relaxed in your new kitchen.

But there are also a few other factors to take into account:

  • How will you use your kitchen?

This question should be looked at before any design ideas are discussed. If your kitchen is going to be used solely for food storage, preparation and perhaps quick family meals this is very different from a kitchen that is also used for more formal dining, socialising and entertaining, family living space or working from home? 

You need to make sure that your chosen colours reflect the main purpose(s) of the room. And if your kitchen is large enough you may want to consider different colours for different zones in your kitchen.

  • How large is your kitchen?

On the one hand, the size of your kitchen does not matter. Small can definitely be beautiful! But where you do need to consider the size of your kitchen is when you are choosing colours. For example, as a general rule, if your kitchen is very small it is better to go for pale neutral colours as these can create an illusion of spaciousness as they help to reflect light around the room.

  • How much natural light is in the kitchen?

Natural light has a major effect on the way colours appear. If your kitchen is regularly flooded with strong sunlight, this can have the effect of bleaching out colour and making everything look whiter than it actually is. So if this is the case, you may want to consider a stronger colour for your kitchen. 

If your kitchen does not have much natural light at all, whites or pale colours can help to brighten it up. Whereas if you have pale natural light this could bring a coolness to your kitchen, so you may want to choose warm rich colours to balance this out.

  • Your future plans

If you currently have no plans to move from your home – perhaps even viewing it as your forever home – let your creativity loose when choosing your kitchen colours! It is your choice and yours alone. 

However, if it may be the case that you could sell your home within the next couple of years or so, you also need to be mindful of what would be appealing to a potential purchaser, and may want to play safe and stick with something fairly neutral.

Four key kitchen colour trends for 2023

Bearing the above in mind, what are the best colours to choose for your kitchen right now? In particular, what are the current trends in 2023?

Let’s take a look at four key kitchen colour trends:

  • Greens
  • Blues
  • Grays
  • White
  • Greens

Various shades of green are very popular kitchen colours at the moment. Any shade of green has a strong connection to nature, and can create a relaxing and informal ambience in your family kitchen.

Stronger greens such as fir green – featured in the image at the beginning of this article – can create a dramatic yet warm effect in your kitchen. Then there are gorgeous soothing shades such as the sage green shown below. 

Both these wonderful greens are available as part of our Bella Vinyl Wrap range of kitchen cabinet doors. You can see the full Bella Vinyl Wrap range here.

  • Blues

Blue is another on-trend kitchen colour with many shades to choose from. If you are looking for a darker shade with impact, consider a deep inky blue, such as the Matt Indigo Blue in the first image below. This is available from our Bella Vinyl Wrap range of kitchen cabinet doors.

If you prefer a lighter blue, take a look at the image below which features Supermatt Cascade Blue kitchen cabinet doors from our Zurfiz Flat Slab range. As you can see, these could either be used on their own or combined with kitchen cabinet doors in a contrasting colour.

You can see our full range of Flat Slab doors here.

  • Greys

Grey is proving to be a popular and sophisticated choice of shade for a kitchen. It can work well with either a traditional kitchen or a more minimalist, industrial style. 

Grey can also be used effectively as a standalone colour, or as a base for other colours, either light or dark. For example, in the image on the left below, you can see a stunning combination of Zurfiz Supermatt Metallic Grey and Serica Matt Kombu Green kitchen cabinet doors, whereas on the right there is a more subtle single colour look with Bella Vinyl Wrap Supermatt Mood Grey.

  • White 

White remains a consistently popular colour for kitchens. White can bring energy to the smallest of kitchen spaces and creates a lighter and brighter ambience to the room. White also smacks of minimalism and transforms your kitchen into a haven of peaceful calm.

And white kitchens definitely do not have to be boring! Just take a look at the striking combination pictured below of Bella Vinyl Wrap Supermatt Paint Flow Light Grey and Matt White kitchen cabinet doors. 

Four ways to use colour effectively in your kitchen

Having looked at the importance of colour and some of the key current trends in kitchen colours, also consider different ways to use colour effectively in your kitchen. Here are four ways you can do this:

  • Kitchen cabinets

Changing the colour of your kitchen cabinets totally transforms your kitchen. And with DIY Homefit’s extensive range of colours you will be spoilt for choice. As well as the examples pictured above, we supply many other colours. Take a look at our full ranges of kitchen cabinet doors here:

  • Handleless J-Pull kitchen doors – contemporary minimalist style in 12 different finishes;
  • Budget kitchen doors – we offer 2 ranges of budget replacement kitchen cabinet doors:
    • Firbeck – great value range of Supergloss and Supermatt cold rolled vinyl doors;
    • Valore – budget range of Matt finished cut and edged doors on 18mm MFC substrate.
  • Walls

You could choose to paint your walls in either a matching or contrasting colour to your kitchen cabinets to transform the whole look and ambience of your kitchen. You may also want to consider adding texture and depth to your kitchen by using wallpaper for either a feature wall or as background to open wall shelving. This option is another way to include a colour that you really like but might not work as a key feature of your kitchen.

  • Worktops

The colour of your worktops can make a huge difference to your kitchen and can be key in pulling every aspect of your kitchen together. DIY Homefit supplies several ranges of worktops in many different colours and finishes, which means that you are bound to find the perfect style for your kitchen.

  • Splashbacks

And as well as worktops, you can add matching or contrasting splashbacks to your kitchen. Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, splashbacks are a clever way to transform a corner of your kitchen, as well as being practical in preventing your kitchen from being damaged by water, grease and other splatters.

Coordinating the colours of all these different elements of your kitchen gives you the opportunity to create the perfect combination of colours that is exactly right for your kitchen. 

We hope that this article has given you some ideas and inspiration on how to choose and use colour in your kitchen. For further ideas and inspiration, why not take a browse through our gallery of kitchen pictures to see what kind of colour combinations could work well in your kitchen. Then for further help, take a look at our Getting Started page to see how to start making your new kitchen a reality.

And remember to check back here soon for more lifestyle tips from DIY Homefit.