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2020 Kitchen Cabinet Trends: 15+ Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Keep your cabinets up to date with a modern makeover. Use this guide to the hottest 2020 cabinet trends and find stylish and trendy kitchen cabinet ideas that will stay modern for years to come.

Have you ever remodeled your kitchen flooring with beautiful new waterproof vinyl or tile, and then discovered that your cabinets now look kind of… well, dingy in comparison?

That happened to my parents when I was growing up. They got new tile and new countertops and when it was all said in done, the cabinets looked positively dated in comparison. It was not good.

If you’re thinking about doing a kitchen renovation, don’t leave out the cabinets. Trust me, those orange-stained wood cabinets are not in your favor. Whether you plan on painting or replacing them, let this guide serve as inspiration.

I’ve got the lowdown on all the 2020 cabinet trends that are on the rise and which ones are likely to stick around. Get ready to discover something new!

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What Other Experts are Saying

“2020’s top trend/theme this year for the kitchen is drama. Everyone is looking to make their kitchen a statement, as it is the hub of the home. We are seeing more and more people incorporate larger kitchen islands, which serve storage and seating, as well as a great focal point. Many customers are opting out of traditional wall cabinets and using open shelving to showcase their finest dinnerware. There’s also been an upswing in mixing and matching materials used for the same kitchen. Previously this was limited to contrasting colors, but we are now seeing people venturing into mixed door styles, shaker and raised panel, as well as painted and wood tones. For cabinet finish shades of white, gray, blue are at the top of the most requested list. For 2020 kitchen remodels, take risks and be bold!” – Andrew Saladino, Kitchen Cabinet Kings

2020 Kitchen Cabinet Design Trends

No one has to settle for builder’s grade kitchen cabinet styles anymore. There are so many kitchen cabinet types to choose from!

It used to be all about hiding your kitchen supplies inside any empty space you could find. This isn’t the case anymore. As white, light, and bright continue to take over decoration trends, more people are opting for sleeker and more modern kitchen cabinets like open shelving, glass doors, or industrial looks.

In 2020 you’ll see a mix of more traditional looks and modern takes on kitchen cabinets.  

Open Shelving

This past year, open shelving has been on the rise. As people seek more space-saving opportunities for small kitchens, cabinet doors have been coming off the hinges and more industrial kitchen shelving is being used.

At one time we all sought to hoard our kitchen supplies in any drawer and cabinet we could. Now, people are displaying their items as decoration using open shelving. Open shelving has been particularly popular in farmhouse kitchens as well as industrial kitchen styles.

It’s no wonder open shelving is becoming so popular with a renewed focus on raw materials, minimalism, and industrial kitchen design on the rise.

Will the open kitchen shelving trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I predict this trend will continue on for a few more years, especially in smaller kitchens. As we continue to Marie Kondo our lives, the minimalist approach of simple shelving and displaying the kitchen items that spark the most joy will continue to be on trend.

Open Frame Kitchen Cabinets

Open frame kitchen cabinet doors are a great middle ground between open shelving and traditional cabinets. They feature glass panels that display your kitchen items inside.

Traditionally, every kitchen had a few of these to display fine china or barware, but now many people are using this kitchen cabinet design for everyday use. This kitchen cabinet design matches well with more light and bright kitchens, as the illusion of open space enhances the openness of larger, brighter kitchens.

Open frame kitchen cabinets can look more modern or more traditional, depending on the design of the kitchen and the hardware of the cabinets.

Will the open frame kitchen cabinet trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I predict that open frame kitchen cabinets will go back to being centrally display cabinets in due time. The upkeep of fingerprints on glass will bring people to their senses soon enough.  

Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

This is the cabinet style that everyone is probably most familiar with. They’re modern and sleeker than the traditional square raised cabinet doors that we all grew up with. Shaker kitchen cabinets still have some depth that comes from having a recessed door, but the simplicity of lines gives it a more modern edge.

This type of kitchen cabinet is not trying to be the star of the show, but rather fit snugly into whatever style or color your kitchen is. The simplicity of shaker kitchen cabinets allows for a colorful or busy backsplash, countertop, or flooring. It’s the supporting actor, not the star.

Will the shaker kitchen cabinet trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Absolutely. Shaker kitchen cabinets are now firmly the standard in new homes being built and kitchen renovations. They’re modern, sleek and simple. A recipe for a long-lasting trend.

Slab Door Cabinets

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Slab cabinet doors are incredibly modern and incredibly in sleek. In fact, some are so sleek they don’t even have hardware! Slab kitchen cabinets have flat and frameless fronts and sometimes come in more glossy finishes.

Have you ever shopped around in Ikea? If you poke around a bit, you’ll find a lot of slab cabinet doors in a glossy finish or wood finish. They’re part of that minimalism Swedish design trend. These cabinets are a great way to modernize your kitchen and are especially popular in smaller spaces.

Slab door cabinets allow for an uninterrupted flow between cabinets.

Will the slab door kitchen cabinet trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I think so. It’s certainly not a look for everyone, but as millennials more frequently turn to middle-ground affordable furniture companies like Ikea, I predict they’ll become more common in people’s homes.

Transitional Kitchen Cabinets

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Transitional design style can be a highly subjective and confusing term. Simply put, transitional style is the mixing of old and new designs. It’s the act of modernizing or updating more traditional looks by pairing it with more modern pieces.

Transitional kitchen cabinets can be more traditional cabinet designs with modern hardware, or a kitchen with modern shaker cabinets as well as a more traditional open frame display cabinet.

Transitional kitchen cabinets are a great way to keep a more traditional look in your kitchen, but without looking dated.

Will the transitional kitchen cabinet trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I believe transitional kitchen cabinets will be more popular in traditional kitchens or remodeled kitchens than in new kitchens being built. That said, I think this has some staying power.

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2020 Kitchen Cabinet Colors Trends

Things are getting colorful with kitchen cabinets. In the past, stained natural wood cabinets dominated every kitchen. Not quite the case anymore.

These days, kitchen cabinets are indulging in a little color or sometimes no color at all! Going into 2020, wood stained kitchen cabinets will still be popular in more traditional kitchens, but white, gray, two-toned and even blue cabinets are on the rise.

Cool-toned cabinets are dominating the trends this year and people are becoming bolder when adding pops of color to their kitchens.

Here are the best colors to keep your kitchen cabinets trendy in 2020.

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Look, I’m not saying Grace and Frankie inspired the blue kitchen trend, but I am saying I noticed a huge shift post Grace and Frankie. Whether it’s art imitates life or vice versa, blue kitchen cabinets are here to enjoy.

Most blue kitchen cabinets aren’t cerulean or primary blue, but rather a gray-based navy making them more neutral in the kitchen, but still a fun color. As high-contrast looks gain popularity, it only makes sense that blue would come into play.

Blue provides a needed contrast for stark white kitchens and creates a more slightly darker, more homey feel that’s still bright and welcoming. Blue kitchen cabinets are also a great look for those wanting to create a more relaxed or beachy feeling to their home.

Will the blue kitchen cabinet trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I’m not quite sure yet. The blue kitchen cabinet trend has just got on the radar for many kitchen trend followers. My guess is that gray-based blues will stick around, but bolder blues won’t be as popular in a few years.

White Kitchen Cabinets


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White, light and bright has been the mantra for many home trends for the past few years and it isn’t going anywhere soon. White kitchen cabinets continue to be extremely popular in 2020.

Why do people love white cabinets? Well, it’s modern, sleek and tends to brighten and open up a space that might otherwise seem darker. It’s also a look that pairs well with many popular styles, including farmhouse kitchen designs.

Kitchens with white cabinetry have a lot of flexibility with their design and can be dressed up for a high-end look, or more rustic for a countryside kitchen.

Will the white kitchen cabinet trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Absolutely. I don’t think anybody is predicting the end of this trend anytime soon.

Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets

Two-toned kitchen cabinets offer the best of both worlds. You truly can have your cake and eat it too. Typically, two-toned kitchen cabinets are white uppers paired with a darker color base cabinet.

For lower colors, I’ve seen the more popular grays and blues, but canary yellow, mint green, and dark purple base cabinets have also been popping up with two-toned styles. The white uppers allow just enough contrast and neutrality to allow for bolder colors on your base cabinets without the overall look being overwhelming.

Why white on top and color at the base? Darker colors near the ceiling can make the ceiling seem lower than it actually is, especially if you already have low ceilings.

Will the two-toned cabinet trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Actually, I believe it will. It seems like a great middle ground between the entirely white kitchen and the boldness of blue cabinets. I think we’ll see this trend continue into 2020 and years after.

Gray Kitchen Cabinets

If you jump over to just about any of our flooring tends articles, you’ll find that gray has been taking over flooring for a few years now. Additionally, “greige” (a cross between gray and beige) has been the go-to color for homes for a few years now. Despite articles arguing that gray will be on it’s way out soon, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Gray is sticking around in 2020.

Today, you’ll find that dark gray grout is dominating the backsplash scene and light gray cabinets are popping up all over. Gray is a great alternative for those who want a neutral color, but aren’t a fan with the sometimes clinical feel of entirely white kitchens.  

Gray is definitely continuing to make a splash in home design. Whether you want a light gray, dark gray, or blue-gray, it should be easy to find the gray cabinets of your dreams in 2020.

Will the gray cabinet trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Despite calls from designers to lay off the grays, I don’t see gray going anywhere in 2020. It’s the color we’ve all decided is modern and perfect for basically anywhere in our house. I predict gray will keep going strong.

Natural Wood Kitchen Cabinets

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As we start embracing more industrial and raw looks, natural wood cabinets are on the rise to meet that need. People are loving the rustic-industrial look and painted, glossy cabinets are just not cutting it anymore. For those who want to bring nature inside, natural wood cabinets are a perfect choice.

Natural wood cabinets are usually a light wood, like pine or oak and left unstained or relatively unfinished. No more dark stains for these cabinets! Part of the appeal is embracing a more minimalist, natural look in the kitchen area. We’ve already seen this with the recent love given to butcher block countertops.

Will the natural wood cabinet trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Yes! I’m predicting as we become more eco-conscious, raw wood looks will continue to be trendy and more wildly embraced in the home.

2020 Kitchen Cabinet Surface Trends

In 2020 we’re still favoring more matte looks over glossy surfaces. Though stained wood seems to be going out of style, people are still loving the natural grain on natural wood cabinets.

2020 cabinet trends are allowing for plenty of variety when it comes to finishing surfaces, so there are options for every kitchen. What’s new this year? Let’s take a look.

Wood Grain Cabinet Surfaces

As you can see above, people are favoring solidly painted cabinets over natural looks, but that doesn’t mean wood grain is totally out of style!

As the natural wood cabinet trend grows, so is the desire to see the wood grain on even painted cabinets. More people are doing “washes” of color that allows the wood grain to still be viewed, or even doing more distressed looks that allow the wood grain to come through.

Of course, plain unwashed wood grain cabinet surfaces are still popular as well.

Will the wood grain cabinet surface trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Yes, I think this trend will continue to grow. As the natural wood cabinet trend grows, so will the desire to see wood grain surfaces.

Glossy Cabinet Surfaces

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High-gloss cabinet surfaces are becoming increasingly popular. This trend isn’t for every kitchen, but more minimalist and industrial kitchen designs are opting for the very sleek slab cabinets with a high-gloss finish with minimal hardware. The result is a very modern and sleek look.

Often times, glossy surfaced cabinets are actually acrylic. Acrylic surfaces allow for a more high-gloss appearance and a richer color. These cabinets can be entirely acrylic or acrylic faced.

Though you won’t find glossy cabinets in every kitchen, as the demand for colors continues to rise, so will the richness of acrylic surfaced, high-gloss cabinets.

Will the glossy cabinet surface trend last in 2020 and beyond?

I think this trend will be limited to industrial and minimalist kitchen designs, and not spread to more traditional kitchens. That said, I believe this will remain a popular choice for specific kitchen ideas and won’t go away anytime soon.

Chalk or Matte Cabinet Surfaces

We’re currently living in a DIY-obsessed culture that enjoys getting their hands dirty. Because of that, we’re seeing more chalky and matte cabinet surfaces popping up. Sure, some painted cabinets fresh off the product line are matte, but let’s not forget all the weekend warriors out there painting their old cabinets with chalk paint to give them a much-needed facelift.

Chalk paint is the DIY kitchen renovator’s bread and butter. A quick search on Pinterest reveals hundreds of directions for how to paint virtually any surface with chalk paint. The result is a matte, chalky appearance.

However, if you’re not into painting your own cabinets you can always buy a matte finished cabinet surface right from the store. No gloves and paintbrushes needed.

Will the chalky and matte cabinet surface trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Absolutely! This is a DIY friendly surface that has continued to thrive in DIY spaces like Pinterest. Not only that, more matte surfaces are favored since they tend to not show fingerprints. More chalky finishes will continue to be popular among farmhouse enthusiasts.  

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2020 Kitchen Cabinet Features Trends

These days, cabinets are not just places to store all your kitchen junk. Modern kitchen cabinets are all about keeping homeowners organized.

Going into 2020, we’re seeing more kitchen cabinets with multi-purpose functions, as well as the disappearance of hardware altogether!

Extra Deep Drawers

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With the open shelving trend rising, some manufacturers are meeting homeowners in the middle by providing extra deep drawers for the objects that won’t be stored on open shelves.

Extra deep drawers can store dishware, dreaded tupperware, and even crockpots! Basically, all the things you don’t want to display elsewhere, or simply don’t have room for. I’m also sure this trend has short people rejoicing everywhere- looking at you, my 4’11” mother.

Will the extra deep drawer trend last in 2020 and beyond?

For sure! Organization is becoming more talked about, especially in the kitchen. I predict extra deep drawers will be embraced for years to come.

Multi-Purpose Kitchen Island with Storage

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Has anybody ever interacted with an island that has face cabinets and fake drawers? I totally have and it makes no sense. Fortunately, someone out there agrees with me and we’re seeing more kitchen islands with storage solutions built right in.

These new kitchen islands are larger and more useful than ever. They have drawers, cabinets, outlets and seating room as well. Kitchen islands are no longer just extra prep space, but also a great hang-out spot for friends and family while everyone is hanging out in the kitchen.

Will the multi-purpose kitchen island trend last in 2020 and beyond?

Most definitely. With open floor plans being a sure-fire favorite, kitchens are becoming the ultimate hang-out space for friends and family. Hey, that’s where the cheese and wine are!

Minimal hardware

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Oddly enough, in some kitchens, hardware is disappearing fast! This seems especially true for slab kitchen cabinets.

For those that aren’t ready to give up their hardware, have no fear, more minimal hardware is available. Sleek nickel handles are replacing circular knobs everywhere and for good reason. The straight lines of a handle tend to match the recessed lines of shaker cabinets quite nicely.

Will the minimal hardware trend last in 2020 and beyond?

My prediction is that hardware will never disappear entirely. Can you say fingerprints? Though cabinets are replacing their hardware for more sleek designs, I don’t see a future where hardware is gone forever.


Did I miss a trend you love? Leave it in the comments- I’d love to hear your thoughts!

There’s a lot of changes happening in kitchen design, but the great news is that new changes mean more options for you.

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Kayla Haas is a Phoenix-based writer, flooring expert, and reading enthusiast. Most of her writing specializes in artificial grass, carpet, and vinyl flooring. Her favorite part of writing is the research. If you’re looking for obscure facts or little-known history about flooring, she’s the person to talk to as she stores them away in hopes of impressing people at parties.

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March 4, 2019 6:48 am

This is such a comprehensive guide to kitchen cabinets for this year! It can definitely be overwhelming when trying to decide what to go for in such an important room in the home. I think it’s particularly interesting how much the natural wood fashion is coming back as people become more eco-conscious so definitely that style is one to stay. Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Barichello
March 4, 2019 12:20 pm
Reply to  Hannah

Glad you enjoyed the post, Hannah!

March 14, 2019 7:21 pm

Epic ideas, Michelle! I like how the blue Shaker kitchen cabinets complete the white walls. However, it can also be such a Herculean task to maintain it for long.

Michelle Barichello
March 15, 2019 12:55 pm
Reply to  Paul

Thank you, Paul!

Silas Knight
March 20, 2019 1:36 pm

You’ve got great kitchen cabinet ideas here. I love how you said that two toned colors are in style right now. I’d like to have two colors on my kitchen cabinets!

Damian Dewhirst
April 5, 2019 3:23 am

I have always loved islands in a kitchen and adding extra storage is a great idea

Michelle Barichello
April 5, 2019 9:34 am

Thanks, Damian!

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Excellent blog.

Michelle Barichello
April 15, 2019 6:28 am

Thank you!

Sariah Meagle
May 15, 2019 3:26 am

I think a custom kitchen cabinet would do great for my new kitchen. Thanks for letting me know that I can go for a natural wood design so that’s what I’ll go with. Some matte wood grain looks would do well for my kitchen’s look so I’ll hire a contractor to build me some.

Michelle Barichello
May 15, 2019 7:11 am
Reply to  Sariah Meagle

That’s great, Sariah. Good luck with your project!

Sandra Patterson
May 15, 2019 2:29 pm

I like the tend that you mentioned of having extra deep drawers to be able to store things like Tupperware, dishware, and even crockpots! I am remodeling my home soon, and I am looking for more modern cabinets to have installed. I will be sure to look into getting nice cupboards and I really like the idea of deep drawers!

Angela Waterford
May 29, 2019 10:46 am

I think I will hire contractors to make me a kitchen cabinet that will be up to date. Thanks for telling me that I can get a shaker design which is quite popular today. Maybe I should stick to natural wood colors as well so that it will look stylish in general.

Michelle Barichello
May 29, 2019 1:45 pm

Good luck with your project, Angela!

Hill Farm Furniture Limited
June 4, 2019 11:54 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your informative guides about kitchen design. This is very helpful.

Michelle Barichello
June 5, 2019 11:06 am

Thank you!

Gillian Babcock
June 5, 2019 10:13 pm

My sister wants to have her kitchen cabinets refurbished because they look old and outdated already. It was mentioned here that when considering remodeling, she needs to consider the design, color, and surface of the cabinet. Moreover, it’s recommended to hire professional contractors when in need of quality kitchen cabinets.

Adah William
June 7, 2019 4:35 am

Amazing blog ever!

Michelle Barichello
June 10, 2019 8:39 am
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Ashley Johnson
June 17, 2019 11:06 am

I liked that you said that modern kitchen cabinets are white and sleek. I have been trying to think of ways to remodel my kitchen to make it look more modern. I will consider having new kitchen cabinets installed to help it look more modern.

Thomas Jameson
June 18, 2019 10:05 am

It’s good to know that cabinets with a high-gloss finish are becoming more popular. My wife and I want to remodel our kitchen and my wife wants some glossy cabinets, but she’s afraid that they won’t be trendy. I’ll pass this information along to her so that she knows that high-gloss cabinets are a fine idea to get installed.

Michelle Barichello
June 18, 2019 11:55 am
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Adah William
June 25, 2019 4:52 am

I am very glad to read your ultimate blog. Thanks for the sharing!

Thomas Jameson
July 22, 2019 7:02 am

It’s good to know that people savor solidly painted cabinets over natural looks. My wife and I would like to renovate our kitchen, and we want to make sure that the look is modern and trendy. We’ll be sure to look further into our options for getting some solidly painted cabinets in the future.

July 29, 2019 5:04 am
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is new hope gray from Benjamin Moor a good choice for kitchen cabinet?

Ari Ziskin
July 31, 2019 8:00 am
Reply to  Beth

Beth, that’s a great choice!

Daphne Gilpin
August 20, 2019 10:45 am

It’s great that you mentioned how stained natural wood cabinets no longer dominate the market because color has been trending. Last week I went shopping for some new kitchen supplies, but I realized I don’t have enough cabinet space to store everything and am thinking about getting new ones put in. I’m grateful that you shared this article because you gave me some great ideas to consider as I try to choose a style for the new kitchen cabinets!

August 21, 2019 3:19 am

I always dream of having an open shelve over my kitchen. I think having such a design will make my kitchen more spacious. Also, wood grain is a good choice rather than glossy and matte design.

Chelsi Hewitt
September 16, 2019 9:04 am
Reply to  Rosaline

We agree, Rosaline!

Charles Paul
October 14, 2019 1:55 am

I loved the ideas of the kitchen cabinets that are trending recently. Being a nature lover, adored the raw and rustic look of the natural wood with glossy cabinets. I firmly believe that this idea will become a boom for the future, being its’s eco-friendly and trendy as well.

Chelsi Hewitt
October 14, 2019 7:46 am
Reply to  Charles Paul

Hello, Charles!

I’m glad you liked the article. Thank you for your comment.

Angela Waterford
October 18, 2019 3:42 pm

Thanks for the idea that I can get a white cabinet for my kitchen that I’ll be getting for my kitchen remodel. I think I’ll hire a contractor to build them for my remodel because this has to look perfect. This way, I can get the ones that I want.

January 21, 2020 2:54 pm

I am having a house built and I am looking at a kitchen with an adjacent beverage Center(wall of additional cabinets) I like the kitchen in brown wood with a smoky tint and was going to go for a light gray (low sheen) in the beverage center. The model boasted a gray kitchen with adjacent light cream beverage center.
Not sure if what I picked will work, thoughts?

Chelsi Hewitt
January 21, 2020 3:06 pm
Reply to  candys

Hello Candys!

Thank you for your question. It sounds like your color choice will coordinate well in your kitchen. Since the cabinets already have a smoky tint to them, the light gray in the beverage center will bring those tones out. Gray is a really popular color right now, and it’s set to be the ultimate neutral for years to come, so there’s nothing to lose by adding some gray to your color scheme.

I hope this helps! Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.

Andrea Hard
Andrea Hard
January 27, 2020 7:42 pm

I’ve had open shelving. Had it for about two years. You can see everything, which can be good or bad. The one thing negative is that everything gets dusty and dirty. That was what I did not like. Maybe one or two decorative open shelves, but no more. Whatever is on those shelves will have to be washed regularly to keep it looking nice.

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