New year, new trends
As we begin 2023, we’d like to wish you a Happy New Year from all of us at The Kitchen Think. To kick things off, we’ve got the inside scoop on 2023’s predicted trends for appliances, tiles, colour palettes and accessories, all of which are sure to make any kitchen project stand out.
FISHER & PAYKEL’S APPLIANCE FORECAST
In 2023, Fisher & Paykel expects to see consumers embracing the ‘slow living’ movement, as we become more aware of the benefits that more conscious choices have on our lives, surroundings and the planet. ‘Slow living’ is the antithesis to fast fashion, food and homewares.
Energy efficiency is quickly becoming the top consideration when it comes to purchasing a major domestic appliance. Growing consciousness for the health of our planet is playing an increasing role in our purchasing decisions. Now, more people are making eco-conscious decisions by looking at the energy and water efficiency ratings of appliances before they part with their cash.
A huge concern for consumers, food waste has prompted people to look for affordable and easy solutions, which they can implement without incurring additional costs. Composting waste, freezing leftovers and finding new ways to cook with vegetables all demonstrate how resourceful consumers are becoming.
With the rise in fast homewares as high street brands emulate popular styles, it is imperative that retailers avoid over-manufacturing and instead invest in sustainable technology, use recycled or recyclable materials and review their supply chain for the most ethical practices. Fisher & Paykel products are designed to suit a wide range of kitchens and are intended to be part of a kitchen that lasts rather than just a trend.
WAYFAIR ANNOUNCES COMFORTCORE AS THE TREND FOR 2023
With consumers facing challenging social and economic circumstances, Wayfair & YouGov have found that our homes have become spaces of comfort where we want to feel safe, can relax and connect with family and friends. Comfortcore is a trend that spans the whole home and in the kitchen it’s all about celebrating the simplicity of home-cooked food and achieving a lived-in and loved look. This can be in the form of creating one-pot wonders, adding tactile textures to the space, upgrading seating with cushioned pads, bringing in touches of nostalgic comfort and allowing for mindful me-time.
PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR
We love the vibrancy of Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2023 – Viva Magenta. Representing strength, joy and positivity, this raspberry hue is set to be big news in interiors this year and it’s easy enough to introduce into the kitchen with painted walls, tiles, rugs, textiles, small appliances and accessories. Team with light wooden flooring for a fresh finish.
Light Chestnut Oak Extra Matt flooring from Quick-Step.
Palazzo, Polar Oak Matt flooring, Quick-Step
Country Boucle Poppy Field rug with Cotton Rouge border, Sisal and Seagrass
CROWN’S COLOUR INSIGHTS
Speaking of joy, Crown’s Colour Insights includes Joy as one of its moods for 2023. Trends can come and go and in a landscape where sustainable considerations are overtaking a throwaway culture, Crown’s Colour Insights are more than just a trend. They reflect the circular nature of creativity and can adapt and evolve from spring and summer through to autumn and winter. Joy encapsulates short magical moments of pure happiness found in everyday experiences such as bubbles, weightlessness, multiplicity and colourful displays. Embracing a sense of humour, Joy inspires an artistic flair with this collection of contrasting colours, ranging from bold and bright to subtle and subdued. Colour is plentiful and applied in abundance using stripes or block patterns on any surface – ceilings, walls, fabrics and furniture.
The next Crown Paints insight, Abstract Simplicity, is a synonym for tranquillity. Its minimal approach builds on cocooning concepts, creating places to retreat, relax and be cosy. The palette is warming, light and neutral with a focus on understated subtlety. Soft neutrals and creams bring warmth and comfort with a hint of gentle organic green and contrasting unsaturated black-brown to complete the look. Lines are free flowing and fluid; furniture is rounded and inviting, accentuated with natural wooden details.
The third colour insight, Breathe, allows spaces to flow freely. Colours are balanced and soft – warm neutral whites for lightness; tonal terracotta and tan for richness with accents of hazy greens and cool blue.
TILE GIANT’S TRENDS
Tile Giant has also revealed its predictions for the year. When it comes to size, 2023 is all about the new XXL trend. Tiles are bigger and braver than ever before – perfect for open-plan kitchens. With fewer grout lines, the illusion of space is also created for a seamless, premium look. Colourful pastels are also a key look with blush pink, sky blue, mellow green or powdery beige softening a kitchen scheme and adding a soothing vibe. Biophilic is also set to be a continuing strong trend with tropical themes that tap into the natural environment.