The heart and soul of a home is the kitchen. You cook new recipes, you gather with loved ones, and you make memories in this room. Close your eyes and think about what the backdrop of those moments looks like?

Is it rustic or modern? Bright and airy, dark and moody, or vivid and eclectic? What do the cabinets look like?

Cabinets are the base of the kitchen, yet many homeowners choose a standard option. But the truth is that cabinets can portray your interior style better than any feature in the kitchen. So, here are the cabinet trends should try.

1. Go Bold With Color

An all-white kitchen is an interior classic. It’s sleek, clean, and timeless. But not every person’s interior style includes a singular neutral color scheme.

If that’s you, you’re in luck because one of the biggest cabinet trends of the last few years is bold colors as the base of your kitchen.

Homeowners are swapping the classic natural and neutral tones for bright hues like green, blue, and red. Shades of oranges, yellows, and even pinks are finding their way to cabinets.

Colorful cabinets are a great way to liven up your space and allow you to be fun and creative in the kitchen. Plus, you have near limitless options of color and hues to choose from.

2. Dual Tones

Love color but can’t choose just one? Of course not; there are millions of billions of shades out there. How should you be expected to choose only one?

You don’t have to if you choose a dual-toned kitchen. For everyone who believes more is more, this is your way to update kitchen cabinets. Choose two complimenting shades—one for upper cabinets and the other for the lowers.

Traditionally this trend includes white or wood-toned upper cabinets and color on the lower cabinets. But you don’t have to stick to this. With this cabinet trend, you can create the color scheme that you prefer.

Choose two shades of the same color or mix and match by choosing a color and a neutral. If you have an island, that can be the odd feature out. Or make the cabinets on one wall a different color than the others.

3. Get Open

Interior design is all about creating visual interest and making the eye dance. And one of the best ways to do that is to vary the features in the room. For the kitchen, this typically means have a few different cabinet and storage types.

One way to break up the monotony of a row of cabinets is with some open shelving. Incorporating shelving will not only make the eye dance, but it can help make the room feel more open.

Try placing them on the end of a row of cabinets or over a fixture like a sink. You can even turn it into a design feature by dedicating a wall to only having open shelving.

4. Raise Your Glass

If open shelving isn’t your style, but you still want to add an airy element to your design, glass is probably the way to go. Glass-front upper cabinets can offer the airiness of open shelving without losing storage space.

You may even want to add a lighted element to enhance and highlight the glass cabinet facades. And you often have options of having clear or frosted panes.

Here’s a design tip to keep in mind: both open shelving and glass-front cabinets are highly visible, so they don’t hide away clutter like traditional cabinets.

But rather, these two are great areas to show off some of your favorite kitchen pieces like bowls, spices, and books.

5. Incorporate Natural Wood

While bold designs have dominated kitchen trends, incorporating natural elements is finding a way back into the conversation.

Though they were deemed outdated, natural wood cabinets have been revitalized for contemporary design. Rather than stained and glossy, wood cabinets now feature a more natural matte finish.

This design feature is more about allowing the natural graining to speak for itself. And to get that light, airy look, many designers swapping dark tones for light birches, acacia, mango, and even bamboo.

6. A Subtle But Impactful Change

You’d be surprised what even the smallest change can do for a design. If you’re not looking for a full-blown cabinet makeover, then maybe you only need a quick swap to create a subtle transformation.

Don’t underestimate how an update to your cabinet hardware can impact your space. This quick and easy change can help communicate your style as well as update the design overall.

Metallic finishes like gold and copper add a warmness to the kitchen while remaining classic. And both are easy to fit into any design. A matte black is a modern option that offers a bold statement.

You can even play around with different shapes—try angular corners or soft curves. Or try incorporating color, stone, and wood.

7. Sleek and Chic

When deciding what cabinets you want to have for your kitchen, you have to decide what kind of cabinet door style you like best.

Traditional homes often have an arched or cathedral facade, while many transitional designed homes opt for the cleaner shaker style. However, if you want a sleek and chic design, then a slab cabinet door is for you.

These feature no ornamentation but rather a flat panel for a clean, modern look. Slab cabinets often have a high gloss finish that complements the sleek design. And they look great in both natural wood and bright colors. 

Try These Cabinet Trends for a Kitchen Transformation

Some homes have rooms that rarely get used. But in nearly every home, the kitchen gets the most action. It’s bustling with activity first thing in the morning and then again at night.

Your kitchen shouldn’t only be functional; it should be beautiful. It should reflect your style and provide the perfect background to all your family memories, large and small.

Ready to transform your kitchen? Ulta Home can refinish your cabinets so you have the kitchen of your dreams. Request a free quote from us today!