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The Kitchen Cabinet Trends of 2020, According to Our Favorite Designers

This year is all about personal expression—and you (yes, you) get to pick.

January 13, 2020
Photo by Justin DiPiero

On its best day, social media is a great tool for homeowners like me. It helps me gather inspiration, hone in on what styles I’m drawn to and introduces me to new products. On its worst day, however, its influence creates a sea of sameness. These last couple of years, for example, everyone’s Pinterest and Instagram feeds were full of farmhouse style, vintage vibes and mixed metals, and pretty soon so were our homes.

In 2020, it seems this “follow the leader” style of design is headed out the door. We asked some of our favorite designers and decorators to weigh in on what they think is going to be this year’s biggest kitchen cabinetry trend, and interestingly enough, not a single one had the same prediction. From rich and moody to DIY-happy, it seems we are heading into a year that’s all about expressing yourself. Here is what they think:

More color, please

“In reaction to all the dark grey kitchens we have been seeing so much of in the last few years I think we will start to see more colorful cabinets in kitchens...subtle pastel hues paired with white and brass would make for a very modern and glamorous kitchen!” —Benjamin Brougham, Director of Interiors for Jonathan Adler

Black Accents

“For 2020, I am all about black cabinets. I love the drama they add to kitchen spaces. Paired with brass accents and natural materials like marbles, they really do make such a gorgeous statement.” – Alykhan Velji, Designer

Ken Fulks’ NYC apartment as seen in Architectural Digest Photo by Architectural Digest

Experiment a little

“I think that plaster is having a real moment! I predict that this year we will be seeing it more and more in kitchen design as I think it has appeal in many different styles (from modern to minimal and rustic). As for colors, I expect to see a lot of earth tones (think taupe, terracotta, deep browns and ochre yellows), but ultimately, I think we are entering a moment where custom is the new luxury, so anything goes!” —Justina Blakeney, Designer and Artist

“In the kitchen area in our [guest house] (image above) we constructed cabinets from cement to get the plaster look and then used reclaimed wood for the cabinet doors.” Photo by Jungalow

go for neutral tones

“My favorite cabinet color trends are all of the gorgeous beige and taupe colors that are popping up in kitchens.” —Maegan Blau, Interior Designer

“I see the future of cabinetry going more individualistic as far as color schemes and design plans.” Photo by Blue Copper Design

Mushroom is White's Cousin

“We're seeing many people opting for [mushroom] over white cabinetry, and we don't blame them. It's a warm neutral that still feels light and airy but adds some contrast to popular finishes like marble and subway tile.” —Catherine and Bryan Williamson, Interior Designers

A kitchen designed by husband and wife design team Catherine and Bryan Williamson. Photo by The Wonder Jam

Embrace Wood's texture

“We are seeing a change in trend from all-white kitchens to much more natural wood tones. Taking advantage of knots and texture gives a modern look to more cabin-like materials." —Austin Carrier and Alex Mutter-Rottmayer, Interior Designers

The duo designed the kitchen above. “We really think that textured and knotty woods will be ruling kitchens come the new year.” Photo by Hommeboys

Add brass accents (black, too)

“Neutral colors like whites and ivories, oysters, and creams are going to continue to be big kitchen trends in 2020. My personal favorite cabinet look is a simple white oak front paired with white tiles and natural marbles. Finish off the look with brass or black metallic accents. It's an elegant look that you won't get tired of.” —Justin DiPiero, Interior Designer

The founder of Sweetgreen’s home, designed by Justin DiPiero. Photo by Justin DiPiero

Modern Cabinet Design

"I think we'll keep seeing more saturated cabinet colors (like deep terracotta & cerulean blue) paired with more modern cabinet designs, less decorative molding and [simpler], flat-front shapes with all-over textural accents like slats & ribs." —Susie Brown, Decorator

Which of these would you try out? Tell us in the comments below!

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Sea January 14, 2020
The color is so sweet. I love them. Thank so much
Peggasus January 13, 2020
I just purchased a new home (major downsizing!), so I currently am looking at kitchen stuff for my remodel. I am planning on painting the oak cabinets (they are nice and solid) an ivory sort of color, but am currently undecided on my countertops. I know I want quartz, but other than that...

I'm only going to do this once, so I want to get it right. I guess I just don't think of such expensive items as cabinets and countertops as being so influenced by the whims of the colors of the year; at least not for most of us of average means. But I do enjoy looking at photos, whether to influence me, or to NOT influence me for what my choices might be.

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Garrett F. January 14, 2020
Hi Pegassus,

I 100% agree. Kitchen renovations are expensive, so maybe adding in some of the elements of these kitchens through accessories could make for a nice update?
Peggasus January 14, 2020
Oh, absolutely, Garrett! I do mosaics, so I will definitely will be doing my own backspalsh, that's where the color will happen!
Lisa E. January 13, 2020
Great Article. Is it possible to reveal the manufacturer of the counter stool in the hommeboys photo?
Arati M. January 14, 2020
Hi Lisa. A great-looking (+ comfy) bar stool has been on my list as well. Let's see if we can get you the brand, but I encourage you to look online for a 'low-back leather woven bar stool (in oak)'—I've seen a few that I loved. Good luck!
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Garrett F. January 14, 2020
Hi Lisa!

Target has a nice, affordable option. It's called the "Ceylon Woven and Wood Barstool."
Lisa E. January 14, 2020
Thank you. Great idea for the search
Lisa E. January 14, 2020
Garrett. Thank you. I saw that though they are not as beautiful as the set in the hommeboys pic. :)
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Garrett F. January 14, 2020
I agree. I have a note into the Hommeboys and will let you know what source they shoot my way.
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Garrett F. January 23, 2020
Hi Lisa,

The Hommeboys sent me the source for the chairs!


Lisa E. January 24, 2020
Garrett - you are absolutely amazing! I can't thank you enough!