Kitchen inspiration: 2023 Colour of the Year

Kitchen inspiration: 2023 Colour of the Year

It's the end of the year again, which means paint companies have decided on their ‘Colour of the Year 2023’ for the 365 days to come. We’ve taken a look at a few of them and curated some ideas of how they can inspire your kitchen renovation.

For 2023, it looks like colours are guided by two things that couldn’t be more different. Pantone and Benjamin Moore seem to be influenced by the long-awaited Barbie movie due to hit the big screen. Dulux and Lick on the other hand are looking towards nature for inspiration.

Whichever you prefer, read on to find out more about the colours of the year 2023, and how to incorporate them into your kitchen and home.

Pantone: Viva Magenta

Let’s start with a classic. Pantone has influenced colour trends with their colour of the year since 2000. They are a staple when it comes to colour codes and certainly know a thing or two about iconic colours.

For 2023, Pantone made a bold choice with their colour of the year. According to the trend makers themselves, Viva Magenta is a ‘nuanced crimson red tone that presents a balance between warm and cool’, ‘a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength’.

A fantastical picture in shades of Magenta, Pantone's colour of the year 2023.
Source: Pantone

Now you may be hesitant to put such a bright shade in your kitchen, but it doesn’t have to be all magenta cabinets. For example, you could opt for colourful tiles, and pair them with a more understated marble or marble-look quartz.

Of course, the shade is also perfect for making a statement and we love a strong design choice. So if you’re planning to go for a bold kitchen design, we’re here for it (and if you’re still on the lookout for the perfect stone, you know who to call).

Benjamin Moore: Raspberry Blush                  

With this next colour of the year we’re staying in the warm red colour spectrum. Benjamin Moore declared Raspberry Blush their colour of 2023, which is has warmer undertones than Pantone’s Viva Magenta. In Benjamin Moore’s own words, Raspberry Blush is “an unapologetic share of red-orange that evokes an immersive sense of optimism”. With this past year, optimism is just what we want to immerse ourselves in.

On their website, Benjamin Moore suggest pairing Raspberry Blush with warm off-white shades. We had a look through our stone samples and think Raspberry Blush cabinets would pair beautifully with light cream worktops. Our favourites include the CRL Chalk quartz or BQS Opus White. If you’d rather go for a patterned stone, we would love to see Raspberry Blush combined with Bianco Cararra marble or CRL Antonella marble-look quartz.

Dulux: Wild Wonder

Dulux seems to not have received the Barbie movie memo, but they too decided to go for a warm tone. Their colour of the year 2023 is Wild Wonder, ‘a glowing natural tone that offers us a connection with nature and that brings a sense of natural magic into our homes’. And who could say no to a bit of magic in their home?

A big inspiration for Dulux was the natural world and its place at the top of the global agenda. Wild Wonder is reminiscent of wildflower fields and feels bright and joyful. One could even say it glows in its own way.

To complement this natural feel, we think it would have to be paired with a heavily veined marble such as Arabescato or Grigio Aqua with its almost flowing patterns. Each slab of marble has a beautiful and unique pattern, shaped by the nature that it was carved from. What better way to create a kitchen that reflects this connection to nature and our environment?

A dark wooden kitchen with white stone worktops and walls decorated in a warm yellowy gree shade called Wild Wonder by Dulux.
Source: Dulux

Lick: Colour Palette of the Year

Paint newcomers Lick are also finding inspiration in nature. However, unlike Pantone, Benjamin Moore and Dulux, they ‘don’t predict one single paint colour gaining popularity next year, but instead a shift towards nature-inspired colours’. So rather than just one colour of the year 2023, Lick selected an entire palette of eight colours of the year.

They too are influenced by nature, which they see as a source of healing, energy and stability. It’s these attributes that they want to reflect in their colour palette of the year. Similarly, stones are often given these very same attributes. Some used for healing and to provide energy, all being associated with stability. So, what better material to pair with those colours than a natural stone surface?

Lick's colour palette of the year includes eight warm tones.
Source: Lick

One theme that we are seeing throughout these colours of the year 2023, is that they are all in the warm colour spectrum. Whether they are inspired by Barbie or nature, they were all chosen to inspire positive feelings. We can’t wait to see how they are incorporated in kitchens and homes next year.

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