Mark Mills, managing director of Mereway Kitchens, has revealed his thoughts on the key kitchen trends for 2023.
"After a turbulent 2022, we are looking to the new year with optimism but of course mixed with a certain amount of realism," he said. "We appreciate that this year is going to have its moments, so creating a space within our homes to unwind and relax is key.
"We believe 2023 will be all about comfort – we have already seen the emergence of the 'Comfortcore' trend, but I would take it further to say it is about serenity and peace. This may seem an impossible vibe to translate into a kitchen, often the busiest, chaotic and noisiest room in the house. In fact, it is relatively easy to achieve if we keep clutter to a minimum, optimising storage in clever and hidden ways and concealing utilities where we can. The popularity of separate utility rooms bears testament to the desire to have peace, and the importance of a distinction between chores and relaxation."
He adds that once a well-organised kitchen design with hard-working storage has been achieved, then it can be complemented aesthetically to enhance its calming qualities. He says: "Integrating beautiful colours inspired by nature and our natural surroundings is key to creating a kitchen that eases stress and encourages repose. The 2023 kitchen needs to reflect living and being – not necessarily doing."