In 2015, designers shoved the modern farmhouse kitchen trend down our throats like a mama bird. Then— as a reaction to the pandemic—we were told that grey walls and gather signs are *out* (condolences, Chip and Jo) and to replace them with warm, earthy finishes and organic modern accents. So now, as we head into 2023, we’re seeing two very different design trends that tell the same (bold) theme: moody and whimsical kitchens.
According to a recent Pinterest report, searches for both “dark and moody kitchens” and “whimsical kitchens” have increased six times since August of 2021. What’s most interesting, however, is how completely opposite these looks are. On one hand, you have moody kitchens, which are all about understated sophistication and bold, minimal accents. Then, on the other, you have whimsical kitchens which involve jam-packing a space with pattern, color and artwork.
Yet, despite their contrasting aesthetics, both looks share one important trait: color. Amber Shay, National VP of Design Studios at Meritage Homes, explains: “People are anticipating increased demand for bold colors as many look to add [brightness] to their [kitchens] following two years stuck at home for extended periods of time. The colors I’m most excited to see people use more are rich, moody colors, vintage and retro colors, and lots of shades of green. I also expect to see people using colors in unexpected ways throughout their homes, like creating a statement island in the kitchen or painting the ceiling [to] serve as a ‘fifth wall.’”
So below, find a breakdown of each trend (plus some swoon-worthy kitchen pics that you’ll definitely want to save to your Pinterest board).