2021 Kitchen Cabinet Trends: 20+ Kitchen Cabinet Ideas
Have you ever remodeled your kitchen flooring with beautiful new waterproof vinyl or tile, and then discovered that your cabinets now look outdated in comparison?
If you’re thinking about doing a kitchen renovation, don’t leave out the cabinets. Whether you plan on painting or replacing them, let this guide serve as inspiration. Luckily, I’ve got the lowdown on all the 2021 kitchen cabinet trends that are on the rise and which ones are likely to stick around. Get ready to discover something new!
“2021’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 is at the top of the most requested list. For 2021 kitchen remodels, take risks and be bold!” – Andrew Saladino, Kitchen Cabinet Kings
2021 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 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 2021 you’ll see a mix of more traditional looks and modern takes on kitchen cabinets.
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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 hide our kitchen supplies in any drawer and cabinet we could. Now, people are displaying their items as a decoration using open shelving. Open shelving has been particularly popular in farmhouse kitchens as well as industrial kitchen styles.
Will the open kitchen shelving trend last in 2021 and beyond?
I predict this trend will continue for a few more years, especially in smaller kitchens. As long as the minimalist approach of simple shelving and displaying the kitchen items continues, this trend will continue.
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 2021 kitchen cabinet trend 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 2021 and beyond?
I predict that open frame kitchen cabinets will go back to centrally displaying cabinets in due time. The upkeep of fingerprints on the glass will bring people to their senses soon enough.
Reclaimed Kitchen Cabinets
If you want to remodel your kitchen on a budget, reclaimed kitchen cabinets could be the trend for you.
On home-improvement shows, you’ll see the renovators redo the current cabinets, instead of springing for new or custom cabinetry to save money, that’s the whole idea with reclaimed cabinets.
The concept is simple, instead of buying brand new cabinets, you can revamp used cabinets to look more current. This gives you the freedom to spend your hard-earned money elsewhere in your renovation, such as flooring or a backsplash. Plus, this trend is eco-friendly as you are recycling your kitchen cabinets.
Will the reclaimed kitchen cabinet trend last in 2021 and beyond?
As long as your reclaimed cabinets are current with the other 2021 kitchen cabinet trends, I see reclaimed kitchen cabinets staying on-trend for years to come.
Slab Door Cabinets
Slab cabinet doors are incredibly modern and sleek. Some are so sleek they don’t even have door handles or knobs! Slab kitchen cabinets have flat and frameless fronts and sometimes come in more glossy finishes.
You’ll find a lot of slab cabinet doors in a glossy finish or wood finish all over stores today. It’s part of that minimalist design trend. These cabinets are a great way to modernize your kitchen and are especially popular in smaller spaces. Add a subdued backsplash, counter, and floor, and you will have the modern kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.
Will the slab door kitchen cabinet trend last in 2021 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, I predict they’ll become more common in people’s homes.
Complete the Look
If the slab cabinet door, modern kitchen design is for you, consider completing the look with a simple backsplash and wood-look floor!
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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 them 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 2021 and beyond?
I believe transitional kitchen cabinets will be more popular in traditional or remodeled kitchens than in newly built kitchens. That said, I think this has some staying power.
2021 Kitchen Cabinet Colors Trends
Things are getting colorful with kitchen cabinets. In the past, stained natural wood cabinets dominated every kitchen. That’s not quite the case anymore.
These days, kitchen cabinets are indulging in color or sometimes no color at all! Going into 2021, wood stained kitchen cabinets will still be popular in more traditional kitchens. but people are becoming bolder when adding pops of color to their kitchens.
Cool-toned cabinets are dominating the trends this year and white, gray, two-toned, blue, and even green cabinets are on the rise.
Here are the best colors to keep your kitchen cabinets trendy in 2021.
Blue Kitchen Cabinets
Classic, cool, and light.
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 slightly darker, more homey feel. 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 2021 and beyond?
The blue kitchen cabinet trend has just got on the radar of 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.
Complete the Look
Are you feeling the blues in your kitchen cabinets? Complete the look with a cool grey backsplash and gorgeous waterproof plank.
White Kitchen Cabinets
Why do people love white cabinets? Well, they’re modern, sleek, and tend to brighten and open up a space that might otherwise seem small and dark. White cabinets also pair 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 2021 and beyond?
White, light, and bright have 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 2021 and for years to come.
Complete the Look
For a beautiful modern, rustic, or contemporary kitchen with white cabinets, you can complete the looks with a dynamic backsplash and a gorgeous floor.
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Green Kitchen Cabinets
Oh yeah, you read that right. 2021 is all about unexpected beauty: enter green kitchen cabinets.
Popular home improvement shows inspired the green cabinet trend. One person decided to dare to be different, and a gorgeous trend came out of it. Now, when I say “green” I don’t mean a bright lime green. I’m talking deep, emerald green (jewel tones are in), or a nice muted olive green to give your kitchen a retro, unique flair.
Olive green kitchen cabinets are trendy in vintage or contemporary kitchens as they are a throwback to the ’70s, whilst keeping the kitchen light and airy. Emerald green is just a huge color trend in general, but it makes a kitchen look dynamic as well as dramatic.
Pair any shade of green with a contrasting countertop and backsplash, and your kitchen will be the talk of the neighborhood.
Will the green kitchen cabinet trend last in 2021 and beyond?
Green kitchen cabinets will certainly last the next 5-10 years. But just like the ‘70s green cabinets, they will eventually become outdated.
Complete the Look
If you love some drama or some quirkiness, complete your green kitchen cabinets with a muted white or gray backsplash and an excellent floor to match.
Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets
Two-toned kitchen cabinets offer the best of both worlds. Typically, two-toned kitchen cabinets are designed with white upper cabinets paired with a darker color base cabinet.
For lower cabinet 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 upper cabinets 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 2021 and beyond?
I believe this trend is here to stay awhile. 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 in 2021 and years after.
Complete the Look
For a two-tone kitchen cabinet set up, your backsplash and flooring options are infinite and depend on your base cabinet colors. However, for cool colored base cabinets, a printed pattern backsplash will tie the upper and lower cabinets together and make a statement. Pair that with a simple wood-look flooring, and you’re set!
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. Great news, gray is sticking around in 2021.
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 of the sometimes clinical feel of entirely white kitchens.
Gray is 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 2021.
Will the gray cabinet trend last in 2021 and beyond?
I don’t see gray going anywhere in 2021. 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.
Complete the Look
As I said, gray is a wonderful backdrop to add pops of color. So you can have fun with a colorful backsplash and beautiful floor. For eye-catching elements in your gray-themed kitchen, add a uniquely-shaped backsplash and a gorgeous wood-look flooring.
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 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.
Since natural wood is so… natural, kitchens with these cabinets have a more modern twist to them making it easy to find unique flooring, countertops, and backsplashes.
Will the natural wood cabinet trend last in 2021 and beyond?
Yes! I’m predicting as we become more eco-conscious, raw wood looks will continue to be trendy and more widely embraced in the home.
Complete the Look
Similar to gray kitchen cabinets, natural wood is an excellent backdrop for decor. A dramatic, modern, backsplash and a simple flooring solution will make a statement with your natural wood cabinets.
Kitchen Cabinet Layout Trends 2021
What’s the use of having gorgeous kitchen cabinets if the layout of the cabinets is all wrong? Find out the latest in 2021 kitchen cabinet trends and layouts that will optimize and streamline your kitchen.
Mixed Cabinet Styles
Similar to two-toned kitchen cabinets, combined or mixed cabinets help make space feel larger and provide an eye-catching element to your kitchen.
What a mixed cabinet layout? It’s upper cabinets that are one style of cabinets, such as open-concept cabinets and base cabinets in a completely different style, like slat cabinets. This draws the eyes up and creates a unique kitchen layout.
This layout trend is very popular in industrial and rustic style kitchens and is making a huge splash in 2021.
Will the combining cabinet style trend last in 2021 and beyond?
I predict this layout will only stay relevant for the next 10 years or so, as the style can seem disjointed with two different cabinet styles.
For the best use of kitchen space, floor-to-ceiling cabinets are an excellent solution. You can have room for all of your dishes, and perhaps a part of your pantry with this kitchen cabinet layout.
Having cabinets to the ceiling is huge in kitchens because they make the room feel taller. Plus, when you have cabinets that take over an entire wall, the cabinet sizes can vary and create a unique design element to your kitchen.
Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry works great for large kitchens. If you have a smaller kitchen, this layout can make the space feel crowded.
Will the floor-to-ceiling cabinetry trend last in 2021 and beyond?
While I love the idea of adding more storage space to your kitchen, eventually this layout will look outdated. I would say in the next 5-10 years we will move away from this cabinet layout.
2021 Kitchen Cabinet Surface Trends
These 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
Nowadays, 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 does the desire to see the wood grain on even painted cabinets. More people are doing “washes” of color that allow the wood grain to still be visible, 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 2021 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 and minimal hardware. The result is a very modern look.
Oftentimes, glossy surfaced cabinets are 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 2021 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.
Complete the Look
Are you loving the high-gloss cabinet look? Why not spice up your kitchen even more with a minimalist backsplash and cool floor?
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 production 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 cabinets, you can always buy a matte finished cabinet surface right from the store. No gloves and paintbrush are needed and you will be on-trend for 2021.
Will the chalky and matte cabinet surface trend last in 2021 and beyond?
Absolutely! This is a 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.
Complete the Look
If you think matte or chalk surface kitchen cabinets are for you, consider a glass mosaic backsplash coupled with a nice engineered wood plank flooring.
2021 Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Trends
Depending on the style of 2021 kitchen cabinet trend you choose, you’ll need handles or knobs to open your kitchen drawers and cabinets. Even though the fixtures are a small part of your kitchen, picking the right features can elevate your kitchen.
2021 hardware trends cover the extreme and understated fixture options. Whatever your style your cabinet hardware has you covered.
Nickel hardware in kitchens has been a staple piece for decades. But now copper fixtures have hit the scene!
This hardware material doesn’t work for every kitchen, as it has a rustic or (depending on your cabinets) modern feel to it. But if you want a fixture that draws the eye and compliments your kitchen, copper is the way to go.
Copper handles or copper faucets elevate your kitchen and give a timeless sense of style. Pair with a dark, moody color such as emerald green, blue, or black, and you’ll have a hit!
Will the copper hardware trend last in 2021 and beyond?
This is another trend that depends on your style. Therefore, I predict if you have the right kitchen aesthetic for copper fixtures, it will only get better with age.
Bold Cabinet Fixtures
Think patterned cabinet door knobs to complete your kitchen. That’s the idea behind bold kitchen hardware. This can be intricate designs or just brightly colored knobs, but 2021 is all about extremes and letting your style shine through.
Nothing like copper or nickel fixtures, bold kitchen cabinet hardware will add a little pop of character to your gorgeous kitchen cabinets. If you love the eclectic, vintage vibe, bold cabinet fixtures are perfect for you.
Will the bold cabinet fixture trend last in 2021 and beyond?
Probably not. These fixtures are fun and out there, but their trending days are numbered as they only work with specific colors and styles of cabinets.
Oddly enough, in some kitchens, the hardware is disappearing fast! This seems especially true for slab kitchen cabinets.
For those who 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 2021 and beyond?
My prediction is that hardware will never disappear entirely. Though cabinets are replacing their hardware for more sleek designs, I don’t see a future where hardware is gone forever.
2021 Kitchen Cabinet Feature Trends
These days, cabinets are not just places to store all your kitchen junk. Modern 2021 kitchen cabinet trends are all about keeping homeowners organized.
Going into 2021, we’re seeing more kitchen cabinets with multi-purpose functions!
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! All the things you don’t want to display elsewhere, or simply don’t have room for.
Will the extra deep drawer trend last in 2021 and beyond?
For sure! Excellent organization solutions are becoming more trendy by the second, especially in the kitchen. I predict extra deep drawers will be embraced for years to come.
Do you know those kitchens that have horrible lighting? That’s where under-cabinet lighting comes in handy.
Under-cabinet lighting can hide under upper or lower cabinets or under the kitchen island countertop to provide extra light while you’re cooking, or walking to the kitchen for a late-night snack. The most popular lighting solution is LED light strips that are placed anywhere throughout your kitchen.
Will the under cabinet lighting trend last in 2021 and beyond?
Yes. In my opinion, this is one of those trends that should have been a trend 10 years ago. That being said, I believe under cabinet lighting will continue to trend for the next several years.
Multi-Purpose Kitchen Island with Storage
Has anybody ever interacted with an island that has fake cabinets and fake drawers? It’s very misleading. Luckily, we’re seeing more kitchen islands with actual storage solutions built right in.
These new kitchen islands are larger and more useful than ever. They have drawers, cabinets, outlets, and a 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 2021 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.
Custom Kitchen Cabinet Storage
While extra-large drawers are great for kitchen storage, there are other ways to add optimal storage space to your kitchen. In 2021, creative storage space is all the rage.
These days, cabinet manufacturers are pulling out all the stops. They are adding pull out trays, bread boxes, kitchen plate racks, spice racks, and even a narrow cabinet for your baking sheets, all wrapped in beautiful cabinetry. These features create the ultimate kitchen setup!
Plus, if you want a pantry, you can have the cabinet space built right in so your food storage is conveniently and easily accessible. 2021 is bringing ease back into your kitchen, and we’re loving it.
Will the custom kitchen cabinet storage trend last in 2021 and beyond?
For convenience’s sake, yes! Custom cabinets will be on the market for years to come.
There are a lot of changes happening in kitchen design, but the great news is that new changes mean more options for you. While your searching for the perfect 2021 kitchen cabinet trends, be sure to keep backsplash and flooring in mind too!