Recipe for an Appetizing Kitchen

Stylish kitchen with rustic bottom cabinets and wallpaper mural of the world as a backsplash

Need some inspiration or just want to know about the current trends in kitchen design? Read on! However, as you have read from my advice many times, be aware that trends come and go. My philosophy is to go for the tried-and-true options especially in cabinet colors and backsplash tiles. Remember that you will be living with these choices for many years!

Cabinets: Although designers agree that farmhouse style is on its way out, it remains popular, so consider white oak shaker cabinets.  Yet modern rustic and modern Spanish styles are trending now. If space allows, double islands are in vogue. Large lower drawers are also popular as are designated pantries and coffee bars.

Pantries: Have you heard of prep kitchens or back-of-house pantries? If you have enough square footage, these second kitchens give a new meaning to the term pantry as they often have at least a small sink, storage and counters, but can include a second refrigerator and dishwasher, too.

Countertops: Walnut butcher block (especially on the island) and natural stone countertops like quartz and stone top the list in 2023 kitchens.

Appliances: If you have a large space, a stove cove with an oversized oven and magnificent hood will certainly be a striking focal point in a beautiful kitchen remodel. Induction cooktops are gaining popularity and stainless-steel finishes which coordinate with all cabinet colors remain a favorite but other metallic finishes like bronze and graphite are making the scene, too.

Colors: White and grey are going away. So, choose a warm or cool palette, but earthy greens in light or dark tones as well as blues are all the rage.

Backsplashes: Wallpaper backsplashes are fashionable and many mimic the look of tile. Handmade and textured tiles with grooves, crackles, and raised features are both attractive and au courant. Moroccan and Moorish patterns add drama. Terra cotta backsplashes and floors are not only popular, but also timeless.

Hardware: Commercial style faucets and industrial modern or artisan cabinet hardware are the special touches that you will love and your guests will envy.

Electrical outlets: Replacing traditional wall sockets, pop-out electrical outlets are recessed in your countertop.  Also add the pop-up USB and wireless phone chargers to complete the look and boost the functionality. (These options range from $150-200 per unit, plus installation; and be sure your countertop manufacturer has your electrical drawings so they can cut out the circles or rectangles needed.)

Together, these ideas are the perfect ingredients for a very appetizing kitchen. 

Barbara Graceffa owns and operates Secretary of the Interior in Quincy, MA offering creative solutions at reasonable rates. Learn more about her decorating, downsizing, decluttering and home décor sewing services, decorating workshops, and quilt programs and shows at And don’t miss her beautiful art quilts on Instagram @secretaryinteriordecorating. You can reach her at 617.921.6033.

By Barbara Graceffa

Barbara Graceffa, CEO of Secretary of the Interior, serves decorating clients; assists with professional organizing, home staging and moving assistance; teaches on these subjects; and delivers quilt lectures and trunk shows.

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