Kitchens are the soul of any home. It’s where we go to nourish our bodies, it’s also the part of our home where the best bonding takes place. We share stories of the day that has just passed, we express frustrations and annoyances and of course, the odd gossip story here and there.

Beyond its practical uses, it’s also important for your kitchen to be comfortable and to reflect your personality.

Decorex Cape Town, in partnership with RX (Reed Exhibitions) Global and RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools gave us the inside scoop into colour trends.

Post-pandemic, colour trends have changed quite dramatically, with shades that morph phygitally – that is between the physical and digital realms.

The end result? ‘Dopamine brights’ – a recently coined term that puts a happy smile on the face of colour.

Here are some of the latest kitchen colour trends we’ve been seeing in 2023 so far.

Digital lavender

Gen Z consumers are leaning towards the rise of soft, dusty shades of lavender and lilac. The fluid purple-pink mix will dominate table-tops, and soft kitchen furnishings, in addition to walls, says New York-based trend forecasting company, WGSN’s colour strategist, Clare Smith. Plascon has also included it in recent seasonal paint palettes.


Mid-tone blues

Many consumers like the idea of bringing the essence of nature into our homes. It helps us slow down our thoughts and encourages sensory awareness and helps us create a work-life balance that is conducive to our well-being.

a modern blue kitchen

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Warming neutrals

This is for the traditional kitchen decorator, the one who might want to steer clear of the colour pops. Warm neutrals are grounding and timeless. They still offer the wholesomeness of nature, but also invite an essence of class and sophistication and they are super practical for a kitchen where you would often find splashes of dirt.

neutral kitchen

neutral kitchen


Take a look at these contemporary colours in the latest local and international designs and decor accessories, at Decorex Cape Town (22-25 June 2023 at the CTICC) and Joburg (3-6 August 2023 at the Sandton Convention Centre).



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