2021 Kitchen Color Cabinet Trends

The kitchen is the hub of the home.  It’s where the action is. And let’s face it.  It’s where most parties end up. Since we spend a lot of time in the kitchen, it’s important that we have kitchens that are not only functional, but they need to reflect our style and also be on trend.

Just like every design trend, kitchen cabinets also change in color and style.  Wood cabinets are trending but their style is sleeker and lighter in color than the cabinets of the 70’s and 80’s.

Two-toned Kitchen Cabinets

Two-toned kitchen cabinets have been very popular in the last couple of years and their popularity is continuing to rise.  They not only look classy, they are a great way to break up a whole room of cabinets in one solid color giving the kitchen more interest.

The way the two-toned kitchens look vary from kitchen to kitchen.  A popular trend is to have the centre island in a completely different color than the rest of the kitchen.  One color on the upper cabinets, and another color on the lower cabinets is also very popular.  A third trend is to have a whole wall of cabinets as in a long pantry a different color than the rest of the kitchen. 

This two toned kitchen above shows contemporary high gloss white uppers & lowers, complimented by greige wood grain pantry for variety & interest. Photo: Via biglarkinyan.ca

Neutral Kitchen Cabinet Colors

Neutral colors is a go to and safe color for most homeowners.  Neutral kitchen cabinet colors is no exception to this favorite choice. Whether it be wood or white, both of these kitchen cabinets are the top trend for kitchen cabinet choices whether you’re renovating your house to live in, or preparing your house to sell.


Photo: HouseBeautiful.com

White kitchens are a classic.  They look refreshing and inviting.  However, the white on white on white trend of white cabinets, white counter and a white backsplash is changing.  Too much white! With wood trending in kitchens, white kitchens are getting a fresh update with wood counter or wood shelving replacing white cabinets in places. 

Backsplashes and kitchen flooring are also popular areas to mix up the former favorite white + white + white choice with a different color or pattern.

Our white kitchen to the right is a classic white style, but the long subway tile backsplash, and the complimentary pretty countertop gives this kitchen the interest and variety needed to keep this kitchen from being bland.


Wood kitchen cabinets are back!!!  But fortunately, they’re totally updated and much more sophisticated than the cabinets we saw in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. They bring warmth to a kitchen and make it very inviting.  Wood kitchen cabinets is a very popular choice right now to tone down some of the other popular colors.  You will frequently see wood cabinets paired with white, blue, black and less frequently, with green cabinets.

Bold Kitchen Cabinet Colors


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Blue kitchen cabinets is a trend that has been around for a few years.  Blue kitchen cabinets is a close second as a color choice behind white.  They’re delightful and calming.  Whether is a pretty aqua, a popular navy blue, or another shade of blue, blue cabinets are a favorite among homeowners. 

Black or Charcol Gray

Black kitchen cabinets is the latest and boldest trend for kitchen cabinet colors this year.  Either you like them or you hate them but you must admit, they do look sexy.

You like black kitchen cabinets but want to tone it down a bit?  No problem.  Have black kitchen cabinets as lower cabinets, and wood cabinets or shelving as uppers, softens the look and is very trendy.  Another option would be black cabinets, and white uppers or a white pantry for example.  Black kitchens are very popular right and seem to be gaining in popularity.  This is a trend to watch for sure but I suspect it will be around for a while.

If you find black to dark, a dark gray or charcol may be more to your liking and its a new trend to watch!


Photo: via Country Living Magazine

Green tends to be one of the colors that you can’t live without or you can’t live with.  Some people have a lot of their house decorated in various shades of green, whereas others leave the color green for the plants.  For those that love green, green kitchen cabinets is all the rage.  Ranging from light green to dark green and every shade in between.  A common cabinet color choice that is trending with green is wood.  You could have wood uppers, or wood shelves to break up some of that green.

Move Over Gray – Greige is taking over!

Greige is taking over the gray trend that has been around for years.

Light to mid-gray kitchens have been the number one color choice among homeowners for many, many years and still is the number one choice for some.  But as with any trend, it has a shelf life and it looks like the shelf life for gray is about to expire, or in some parts of the country, as already expired. You still like gray, try a warm gray or also known as greige instead. 

Cool light to mid gray is on its way out! Softer warmer greige is a better choice if you’re leaning towards the gray tones.

Dark gray cabinets are coming in style but they are a lighter version of the black kitchen trend that is sprouting up everywhere right now.

If you’re looking at listing your house for sale within the next 1 – 2 years, it’s risky to be putting in the traditional gray cabinets that have been in style for the past number of years.  You don’t want to put in a kitchen color cabinet that is on the way out. 


Kitchen color cabinet trends are similar if you’re renovating your kitchen to prepare your house for sale or renovating it to stay. Your choices may be different if your sole purpose is to sell your home for as much money as possible, whereas if you’re going to stay in your home for the next 10+ years, you may make different choices depending on your own personal preferences as opposed to trying to please potential buyers.

A kitchen can date a house faster than any other area in a house.  If you’re looking at selling your house within 1 – 5 years, DON’T put in a design trend in your home that is on its way out! Choose one of the newer trends that are appropriate for your neighborhood and price range to ensure that it will be popular for years to come.

If you’re thinking of selling your house within the next few years, you may want to take into consider the color and type of kitchens that are trending in your neighborhood to appeal to what potential buyers want in your area and are willing to pay for.  A GREAT indication of what the current kitchen color cabinet trend is to check out what is going on in YOUR neighborhood with regards to house renovations and new house builds. Go to Open Houses and check out listings online.  Looking at what the builders and homeowners are putting into new houses, AND also just as important, what they are NOT putting into houses.  A GREAT indication of what the current kitchen color cabinet trend is in YOUR neighborhood.  Make sure your research is varied and not just one or two houses. Be careful to include houses in similar price ranges in similar neighborhoods in order to compare apples to apples.


Welcome! I’m Debi Collinson. Stager. Home Stylist. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I nervously staged my very first home.  But the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and have never looked back. Since 2006, I have been staging & styling spaces to make them look like they belong in a magazine page. With my goal of becoming financially independent, I buy “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Sign up to receive my e-mails of how to make your home stunning, how to sell your house for top dollar AND how to become financially independent one fixer upper at a time!

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