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!
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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!
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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