Kitchens remain one of the most popular home remodels of all time. If you’re planning to join that club this year, you’re probably looking through trends and classics, deciding what will look great and stay that way for a while.
Trends come and go, but there are a few forward-thinking colors you can choose for your kitchen that reflect your personality and won’t look massively dated in six months. Here’s our take on what experts think will be the biggest kitchen color trends this year and which ones may stand the test of time.
White is on its way out
A classic all-white kitchen may be losing its luster, according to experts at Elle Decor and Real Simple. Designers lately have focused on the exact opposite of the all-white kitchen — matte black cabinets.
Matte black is a bold choice designed to offer some Old Hollywood glamour while hiding dirt, grime, and kitchen grease. They tend to be lower maintenance and can make your kitchen feel like high fashion rather than country charm.
If you aren’t feeling the commitment of black cabinets, there are ways you can get the same feeling without going all the way. Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year is currently Naval Blue, sometimes called Marine Blue in other circles. And Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue, just a shade lighter than Navy.
Still dreaming of white?
If you love the idea of an all-white kitchen but want something more trendsetting, you can achieve the same look without committing to a trend that’s on its way out or waiting until it comes back in.
While consumers seem to be trending toward moody colors as a response to the all-white kitchen craze from a few years ago, not everything is dark. Taupe is finding its resurgence lately, as is cream. Both offer the airy feeling of white without being overly clinical.
Another option could be a perennial classic, sage. This silvery green harkens to colors in nature and is one of Restoration Hardware’s best-selling paint colors of all time. It looks great with a variety of accent colors and takes on light as well as dark spaces with flair.
“A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential. Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2020, First Light 2102-70, is the backdrop for a bright new decade.” This color is the light you need without being bland.
Jewel tones are back
When the reigning queen of remodels, Joanna Gaines, posted a picture of a peacock-blue kitchen island, we couldn’t have loved it more. The interplay between muted earth tones and their vibrant cousins will always cycle back and forth.
One of the biggest remodels of the year isn’t the kitchen. It’s the outdoor spaces, states Domino. We like to think this means prioritizing time outside is on everyone’s mind, so take some inspiration from that. Bringing the outdoors in with jewel-tone blues and greens could be a fantastic way to get on trend without risking dated cabinets in a few months.
You could also take advantage of your kitchen’s layers to paint an island in a jewel tone while keeping the rest neutral, or accenting a set of cabinets with the color. The leeway you have with what to paint no longer rests in using a uniform color throughout your kitchen.
Trends are also moving away from the cold, minimalist, industrial finishes that have dominated design the last decade or so. Warm colors are making a comeback with plenty of gold and yellow to go around.
These colors have an Old-World charm and can take your kitchen from a sparse, difficult-to-keep-clean space to something inviting and realistic. Etsy already called the end of the open-shelving trend last year in favor of what they call “Being Real.” Designs that look great in a photo and aren’t realistic in real life are out.
Warm colors fulfill this shift because they can hide a lot — fingerprints, dust, and natural kitchen grime — without a massive tax on your daily labor. And since open-floor plans are also heading out, mimicking the kitchen spaces of old European apartments and country houses could be just the answer we need.
The most important? personality
Design has shifted a lot in the past decade or so to be less about what designers and the masses are looking for and more about what makes you feel good about your own space. The resurgence of anything-goes color schemes and finishes meant to stand up to the everyday lives of working professionals without live-in staff means you have a lot of leeway for what you love.
Look at the rest of your space and decide what design elements you already love. Is your living room a beautiful neutral that makes you feel good to be in the space? Chances are that carrying it over to your kitchen would produce the same effect.
Does neutral make you want to claw your eyes out? You don’t have to follow the taupe trend just because magazines are doing it. Choose a complementary color to what’s already in your space and go with it.
The ease of paint
Unlike a full kitchen renovation, paint colors are great for experimentation. Just a can of paint and a weekend can transform your kitchen from dull to fabulous with very little commitment. And if you find that you’ve made a mistake in your color choice, you can change it.
Color is a great way to experiment with the look and feel of your kitchen before you launch into massive remodels. And if you don’t own your space just yet, paint can be a way to make the kitchen yours without investing in something you can’t benefit from later.
These kitchen-color trends are great places to start when you’re thinking about your colors. However, take a good look at the things you love around your home and decide for yourself, not for trends. That’s the secret to excellent kitchen design.
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