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Popular Cabinet Trends Include Shaker Style and a Shift to Natural Woods [UPDATED]

January 12, 2021

Photo of warm natural wood cabinets

Popular cabinet trends are an enduringly hot topic, so we’ve updated our post from 2019 to reflect where consumer demand is at in 2021While some styles continue to prevail, the pandemic’s impact on overall home design and color preferences can be felt in what's gaining popularity this year.  

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[1] Shaker style still on top 

Instagram has spoken and Shaker cabinets are the most popular kitchen trend based on an analysis by Dulux. Shaker style cabinets consistently top kitchen trends lists because of their simplicity and versatility — making them an easy choice for designers and home builders looking to appeal to a variety of different tastes.  

Photo of Aristokraft shaker cabinet doorAristokraft’s Benton cabinet door 

The Benton Shaker style cabinet door offers broad appeal at an affordable price. The pictured cabinet is birch with a Burlap finish. The cabinet, which is also available as a five-piece, has seven stains and three paint colors to choose from.  

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[2] Natural wood tones and reclaimed wood gain traction 

Earthy tones and a return to natural textures were big trends in 2020 and that can still be seen in the popularity of natural wood tones and using reclaimed wood in cabinets. Walnut cabinetry has also been making a comeback. Natural wood tones can be a safer bet for home builders wanting to avoid anything too trendy in kitchens that might put off certain homebuyers. 

Photo of natural wood cabinets from Mid ContinentMid Continent Cabinetry’s Gilbert cabinet door 

The Gilbert cabinet door by Mid Continent Cabinetry is available with a natural finish for homeowners who want simplicity. The door is available in four materials, with rustic alder on display in the featured picture. The door is available in 44 finishes.  

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[3] Clean-lined cabinets popular for the more minimalist buyer 

A renewed appreciation for minimalism is one result of the pandemic as some homeowners started to feel cramped in their homes. For them, clean-lined, or slab, cabinets are a perfect choice. The style habeen a popular aesthetic for several years now, making an appearance on our 2019 post, and 2020 likely only made it more popular. They’re also more likely to be popular among millennials. 

Photo of Diamond Tranter slab cabinet doorDiamond’s Tranter cabinet door 

The Tranter cabinet door from Diamond is a contemporary style cabinet featuring a slab style in a sleek laminate material. The pictured cabinet shows the Obsidian finish but is also available in a lighter Arctic finish.  

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[4] Warm and soothing shades bring the comfort 

If the pandemic taught people anything about their homes, it’s that they want to feel comfortable. Warm shades are a natural reaction, and in fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a “color of the year” that isn’t intended to evoke comfort. Soothing color schemes will also be popular as people rethink stark white, and it’s even expected that darker colors and jewel tones, which can still be soothing in the right shade, will rise in popularity.  

[5] Green makes a splash 

On our 2019 list, we included blue as the cabinet color of choice. And while blue still remains incredibly popular, we're adding green to the 2021 list. Moody greens, as well as sage and seafoam, are being used extensively in cabinets, according to one paint brand founder. In the right shade, it’s a soothing color to bring serenity into the home. The trend is expected to last for another decade or so. 

Photo of Kemper light maple cabinetKemper’s Darby cabinet door 

The Darby cabinet door by Kemper is a versatile option that’s also available as a five-piece. The pictured cabinet is maple with the finish Palomino. There are 15 finish options, 11 paint colors, 23 flooded glaze options (including Seaside with Oasis) and 24 penned glaze options.  

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